I'm beginning a long term remodel of my entire house.
For some rooms that means new paint and possibly updating or tweaking the decor slightly
For others, complete overhaul.
Starting with the formal dining room (major changes)
and then moving on the the formal living room which will probably involve
new paint, rug and a little tweaking of the decor.
As you can tell in the pictures below, decorating is not my strong suit
so I need your advise.
Shall we begin:
We had our house built and moved in in January of 1999
and it's pretty much been decorated the same since.
Our paint is the golden yellow of ye olden days of the turn of the century (2000).
This is a list of things I definitely want to change.
Paint color on ceiling and walls to gray. Thank you pinterest.
I would like to go with a lighter shade of gray and even slightly lighter on the ceiling.
Wainscoating below a chair rail in white.
Plantation shutter to replace the blinds.
Replace the chandelier with an iron/crystal one.
Ideally I would love to update my dining room furniture to a more
formal darker wood but that's not in the cards.
I can't justify the expense when this is a perfectly good and very good quality
(albeit not my style at this point of my life)
dining room set that we had made in North Carolina in the before mention "olden days" of 1999.
I try to be a good steward of the money God has allowed us.
My problem is I can't stand honey golden oak. My husband loves oak so it
was really his choice. I realize it's very dated looking so I'm up for painting it and the china cabinet.
My husband realizes it's outdated too so he's on board with the painting idea also
if it takes buying a new one off the table (pun intended).
The chandelier is capodimonte italian porcelain.
While it is beautiful, I've never been a fan.
My husband got it in Italy when he was a sailor.
He loves it and I was happy to use it all these years but he's agreed to sell it
I'd also love to wire in two wall sconce lights where the two decorative sconces are now.
Floors will remain the same tile. I'd love wood floors but I'm happy
with the tile and it keeps the house cooler in our hot Florida summers.
Possible a rug.
I'll want new art work for the walls.
I'm thinking a very oversized framed chalkboard where the small one is now.
Not sure about the other walls yet.
Eventually, I'd love to have a built-in across the entire wall where my china
cabinet is with cabinets and drawers below and shelves above.
I love, love, love dinnerware. Some might say I have way too many plates/platters/etc
as it is but I say "can you really have too many".
That will have to wait.
The pictures below are what it looks like currently.
What do I need your help with?
paint color suggestions?
should I paint the ceiling?
I know I want plantation shutters but should I have drapes also?
color suggestions for the table?
I'm leaning toward staining the chair seat and table top a darker color
and painting everything else a black chalk paint
I'm also slightly considering a white chalk paint instead but with the wainscoating and
plantation shutters being white and the walls and ceiling being light gray,
I'm afraid that would be too much. What do you think?
What do you think about the lighting choices?
Would you go with a rug under the table?
Wall decor choices?
Also I'm thinking about a side table against the wall under the chalkboard.
Next is the living room.
And yes, before we start that is indeed an Easter tree.
Let me explain before you think I've done lost my mind.
At the very beginning of the year we began purging our house and
placing all of the things that we want to sell and donate in a room where
we usually store our artifical tree in the closet. The room
already had tons of things in it up against the closet before I got around
to taking the tree down. In addition to the fact that I'm considering getting
rid of the tree because we actually prefer real ones. But I wasn't sure if I actually
wanted to be rid of it because we put up both a real and artifical one most years.
So it ended up staying up through valentines and I thought I might as well decorate it
with felt hearts and it just kind of became a joke with my granddaughter.
Needless to say, I still haven't cleared out the junk that we will be getting rid of to put
it back in the closet nor have I made up my mind as to whether I want to keep it.
The living room
I'd like to repaint the walls and ceiling gray.
Paint the faux fireplace white.
It is 64 inches wide and 24 inches deep.
It has lighted logs that look pretty but don't put off heat.
Not needed in hot Florida, even in the winter.
I'm also considered cutting off about 12 inches of the dept to make it look
a little more realistic but not sure how easy that would be.
New rug and possibly chandelier to go with the cooler color scheme.
New wall decor, specifically replacing the plates and turtle pictures.
The plates were my husband's mom's. She passed away the year we got married
and I only met her a couple of times. He loves turtles and you can probably see the
small tank of water turtles in the corner.
(He also has many outside turtles)
You can see my delimma.
I would love to take the clocks down but I don't think that will
be even up for discussion. (Did I tell you he's a clock collector also).
Especially if I win the turtle/plate removal battle.
Compromise and pick your battles ladies.
Below are pictures of what my living room currently looks like.
So my questions are:
Suggestions on paint color and would you paint the ceiling also.
Painting the fireplace white and/or reducing the depth of it.
Would you put window treatments in addition to the plantation shutters.
Would you leave the wooden buffet under the turtle pictures the same color.
I'm up for painting it but I also like it the color it is.
New coffee table?
Thanks for any and all suggestions you like to give.
Even if it's not something I've asked about.
Remember, decorating is not one of my strengths and I'm sure I've not
thought about all possibilities.
Have a blessed day.