We are on our second day of ‘winter storm 2011’ and I am trying to catch up on some scanning. We have also gotten the FastTrack system in the garage up, the Elfa drawers installed, and the living room television hung. I will try to get pictures up of those finished products soon!
For now I thought I would share our most up-to-date dining room picture. Over the holidays, I made a few changes that I never blogged about. When we first moved in to our home, we discovered that the dining room was basically a square. A table that expanded long-ways did not seem practical. I searched Craigslist and found our dark wood table that expands from a rectangle to a large square. Perfect fit! It came with six chairs, and I had hoped to find two more so that when the table was expanded, we could fit 8 people around the table. After years of trying to refinish chairs or find the perfect match, I made a compromise.
This was before the big furniture-basket-turnover:
This shows the setup after I placed the bookcases on either side of the window. Six chairs are plenty when the table is a rectangle.
I found some clean-lined chair covers on deep discount at J.C. Penney. I knew there were chairs very similar to ours, but not exactly like them in several stores. The chair covers could hide the discrepancy. I got two new chairs at Garden Ridge. The biggest difference was that they have half as many slats in the back of the chair.
I feel like the covers also help to lighten up the room since it is painted a dark brown and the table and bookcases are dark wood. I like that the covers are short so that you still see the wooden legs. I haven’t set the dishes back on the table like I always had in the past because I was constantly pushing them to the side to work at the table. I am trying to decide if it looked too staged anyway. I don’t want to be stuffy, but I do like having pretty things out that make me happy. Surprise, I am feeling indecisive about something.