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Walking Right On Into The Dining Room

Welcome to my formal dining room and living room. I’ve been trying to decide if I am going to attack these 2 rooms. Part of me wants to tear into it and the old comfort zone tells me to leave it alone. Wanna have a chuckle? I just lost the long post I had ready to go….not so funny or fun, is it? Oh well, I won’t cry over that error in my plan. The walls are painted a terra cotta, that I love, love, love! They previously were a pale green, that I did not care for at all. (You know there are lovely shades of pale green…I do love SW Cucumber.)

The English sideboard was bought while shopping with Betty on the 450 Mile Yard Sale a few years ago. If you’ve been reading my posts recently Betty’s mantle was featured in two. I mentioned that we had shopped our way from Tennessee to Texas and back….now believe it! That 450 Mile Yard Sale is something else.

Suddenly, I accidentally bought two corner china cabinets as I was trying to sell my old dining room furniture to the owner of the shop that had the corner china cabinets. Haven’t y’all “accidentally” bought something?

Oops back to the sideboard..I ended up getting the camera out and making lots of photos to show Bob. Quickly, I called the seller, and said we would be back for the sideboard. Now, it is definitely finished lighter than the other dining room pieces. One day…who knows…maybe some Annie Sloan Chalk paint will be on that thing. It wasn’t super expensive, so I convinced Bob to cut a hole out of the back of the right end cabinet. Yes, at first he thought I was crazy…”cut into this sideboard”. Then I explained my plan to have our Bose system inside that right cabinet, hidden and playing out of view. No regrets on that at all.

The table was found in North Carolina for a fraction of the cost, of the identical table in our local area. The six side chairs and two arm chairs are Chippendale ball and claw footed. They came with a rather ugly fabric, that I had plans for as soon as I saw the chairs. What I didn’t plan on was the broken wrist with 3 pins in it…so I had to wait for that to heal. I had never covered a seat. Right away, I got a power staple gun and was ready when I had enought strength in my hands.

I found the remnant fabric at a bargain price on another trip to Nashville….love that city. Also, found the mirror over the sideboard at Black Lion at Opry Mills. It jumped off the wall at me and I had to have it. Some would not like it mixed with the Colonial Williamsburg style furniture, but Bob and I do. Some would not like the wrought iron end table with a glass top, that we use as a tea table in front of the living room sofa.

We changed out the antique brass chandelier for the solid brass one with more lights. Hope you enjoy looking and feel free to ask about anything I have not mentioned. Remember, I lost my first draft!

I’ll be adding the websites of the blogs, that I’m linking to this week soon. Thanks for stopping by.

Blogs, I’ll be visiting this week are:


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40 Responses to Walking Right On Into The Dining Room

  1. I had the same dining room table and chairs but recently sold it because it was too big for our new house..and I do everything white now. The new owner really loves it though. Seeing yours makes me kind of miss it!

    • Sandy, hope you are enjoying your new table and chairs now. If it’s the suite I just saw on your blog…it looks wonderful. Thanks for posting and sharing your thoughts. Helen

  2. I like it…you “accidentally bought”.

  3. Helen, what a pretty dining room. Love your furniture! You must have had a great time shopping!! I love the mix of furnishings. So pretty!

  4. Very pretty dining room and the furniture is lovely.

    Following you on Linky followers; would love for you to follow on mine.

    Have a great week.

    • Tina, thanks for stopping by and for following my blog. I stopped by yours and enjoyed your post and joining your Linky. Hope your week is great, too. Thanks again, Helen

  5. Helen, your dinning room is so pretty! I just love the way you put everything together and the corner china cabinets are beautiful!

    • Maria, thanks so very much for the lovely compliments. It was rare to find 2 matching corner cabinets and that made me sure we needed them. Hope you have a nice week, Helen

  6. Lovely, Helen! That sideboard is gorgeous! Happy weekend!…hugs…Debbie

  7. love the dining room. I am now following you on Linky followers. I would love it if you followed me back. I always enjoy meeting new bloggers.

  8. I am following on the new Linky Follower tool and would love if you would come follow me as well.

    Cheri from Its So Very Cheri

    • Cheri, I think I already am one of your followers, too. I haven’t located your name on my blog yet. I’ll look again in the morning. Thanks for the link up, Helen

  9. Happy to find your blog through the Linky Blog Hop! I’m a new Linky Follower! Hope you will come visit me at http://www.eccentricleopard.com/ if you have a free moment. Thanks!

  10. Such a pretty warm dining room Helen. I am following you on linky now too. Have a great weekend.

  11. Happy to find your blog through the Linky Blog Hop! I’m a new Linky Follower! Hope you can swing by and visit me at http://www.dusty-mcrae.blogspot.com if you have a free moment. Blessings!

    • Dusty, thanks for stopping by. This new Linky Follower is keeping us all busy! I think I’m already following you, but will make sure. Thanks again, Helen

  12. Hi Helen,
    I found your wonderful blog via Cheri’s Linky Followers Party. I am your newest LINKY FOLLOWER & GFC Follower and I would love it if you’d follow me back and link up this lovely dining room post and some more fun posts to my party – the Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop.

  13. Hi Helen,
    You have some beautiful dining room furniture! I especially love those 2 corner cabinets. I have always heard about that 450 mile long yard sale. That would be some shopping trip! I am now following with the new linky thingy. Come by and follow me when you have a chance. Hope your weekend is great!

    • Jane, so good to see you here. You know, I happened upon them and the corner cabinets became a need that I hadn’t known until that day. Actually, it was the same with the sideboard and mirror! Bob and I find the hunt is fun! Be sure to read the 450 Mile Yard Sale website for details about the next one. BTW, I am following you, too. Thanks, Helen

  14. Just stopping by from the Linky Party Hop. I hope you will visit http://www.laughterandgrace.com and follow back.


  15. Helen, your corners cabs were a neat find!! I know.. you never know *when* you will find something! andrea@townandprairie

    • Andrea, I know…the owner told us how rare it was to get 2 matching corner cabinets from the 1940’s in great condition. Sold us anyway! LOL! I haven’t seen any others ever. Thanks for visiting. Helen

  16. Found you via the Linky hop and have become your newest Linky follower. Look forward to reading your future posts. Hope you have a chance to visit and perhaps follow me back.

  17. I am following you on Linky Followers. Hope you will follow me.

  18. So pretty! I love the color terra cotta!

    Thanks so much for linking up with me this week!! :)

    (ps. Thanks for your sweet comment on my Valentine’s Day card yesterday!)

  19. Hi,
    I am happy to be your newest lf follower. I am coming to you from the linky followers blog hop. If you’d like to follow back, I can be found at http://www.measuredbytheheart.com

  20. Found you through the new linky followers blog hop. I’m so happy to be your newest follower, it would be great if you follow me back. :)

    Tomorrow I’ll be hosting a “What does your blog want to be when it grows up” blog hop with a few of my blog buddies … have you thought of your blog’s hopes and dreams? The party will be open for a week! I’d be so fun if you want to link up.

    My blog goals are here … http://thespacebetweenblog.wordpress.com/2012/03/01/grow-up-your-blog/


  21. Helen,
    I love your dining room. The corner cabinets are to die for. I always wanted to do that yard sale. It would be so much fun and I certainly think you had fun.
    You are right the chair fabric is perfect. I love your pattern and you got the stripes lined up perfectly.
    xo, Ginger

    • Ginger, I’m thrilled to know, that I’m not the only one hanging onto the striped fabric. You’re right, Betty and I had a ball on the 450 Mile Yard Sale. Thanks for the compliment on my covering of the chair seats.

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