In between trying to finish all the loose ends in the kitchen and lots of outdoor work (it’s finally warm!) we squeezed in some updates to the dining room.
First up, a new lighting fixture. For the past three years we had been under the impression that the dining room chandelier was original to the house. It looked old and was really dirty, so this idea kind of made sense. On closer inspection, most of the chandelier was made of plastic painted gold… not very 1920s. Neither of us ever really liked it, we only kept it for its original charm. Once we figured out its not so secret 1980s identity, it was as good as gone. But not before finding a suitable replacement.
This bronzed beauty from Lowes fit the bill and wasn’t too painful on the pocket book.
It was relatively easy to install (as easy as it can be dealing with 100 year old cloth wrapped wire).
No longer being distracted by the ugly chandelier, I could see clearly that the hutch wasn’t working. A year ago I took the top off our mid-century hutch and placed on top of a mid century dresser (detailed in this post). It worked, but I never loved it and it was also the world’s largest dust magnet. I was sick of it, and so the top of the hutch was reunited with its base. They will live happily ever after at someone else’s home.
Lastly, I added a bamboo shade to the middle window section. The dining room gets some major sun throughout the day and this will really help during 100 degree summer days. They are the same Home Depot shades I have used in the rest of the house (kitchen and office), so they tie in nicely. Word to the wise: Get a shade that actually fits your window. I bought a shade that was 1/2″ too wide and cut it down with gardening shears and a hand saw. This was stupid and took me way too much time, when I could have just bought one size smaller online.
That’s all the changes for now. We are hoping to add something above the dresser, maybe a large photo or mirror? We also need a rug, thinking this sisal rug from Crate and Barrel (waiting for a sale).
Light: allen+roth Edison Bronze pendant light from Lowes
Dining Table: Craigslist
Mid-century wood chairs: Thrift Store, the brand is Lenoir (similar to Broyhill Brasilia)
Upholstered chairs: Anna Slipcover Chair from Cost Plus World Market
Dresser: Thrift Store
White Sheer Curtains: Matilda curtains from Ikea
Bamboo blind: designview maple providence bamboo roman shade from Home Depot