Monday, September 6, 2010

Before and After Dining Area Minus Painting

The curtains are done!  I am lucky enough to know how to sew, but I just barely get by.  It is really hard for me to sew duplicates of something because measurements have to be the same.  My yard stick and sewing machine are put away and I am so glad.  I am still debating on painting (table and chairs).  I am just going to sit on it for a bit until I am ready and feel committed to it. 

Here is the before shot of the dining area.

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In mid July Miss Mustard Seed gave me some tips after I asked her opinion on some ideas to improve the area.  She suggested changing the window treatments because  the valances didn’t go with the space due to the size and that my rug was too small.  I loved my old rug, but it was too small. So I searched and searched for a new one at a good price.  I also knew I wanted a bench to camouflage some of the oak wall area under the bay window. 

Are you ready to see the changes?

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Here is a shot of my pillows (see more here) and my bench (go here).

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Before

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After

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After

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I got better photos at night for some reason. 

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The red toppers can be removed.

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  My black and tan check print was less than $2 a yard.  I noticed Ballards has a black check patterned curtain in their catalog right now.

If you are thinking of making window treatments then you should visit Sonya at Beyond the Screen Door.  Her blog confirmed my choice for the black checked panels.   She is so talented and has a ton of window treatment ideas.  Go here to see them.

Well I am really glad to get these done and off my HUGE list.  I worked all labor day weekend finishing them so I could have a post ready for Donna’s at Funky Junk Interiors Gitter Done.  It only took me almost 2 months to Gitter Done.

I hope you like the changes.

Tracy

Linking to

Metamorphosis Monday @ Between Naps On the Porch

FJI's Gitter Done! challenge

TDC before and after party

Fabric Fun Thursday @ Cheap Chic Home

Strut Your Stuff @ Somewhat Simple

Show and Tell @ My Romantic Home

Feature Yourself Friday @ Fingerprints on the Fridge

Weekend Wrap Up @ Tatertots and Jello

Style Feature Saturday @ Perfectly Imperfect

51 comments:

  1. I'm just in love with your curtains!!! You did a great job!

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  2. Those turned out so great!! I love how they make the room look! You have a such an adorable kitchen! They look perfect with your pillows too! :)

    I am in love with your scale too! I have been looking for one and haven't see on that I like yet.

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  3. The "before" was really lovely but the "after" is just WOW!! Very, very nice - the curtains look amazing... the red toppers over the dark check, together with the new darker rug and dark shelving and accent pieces, to me give it almost a European feel. It's fantastic!

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  4. Great job on your new curtians! I love how your colors all pull together now. Your new rug, pillows and bench look fantastic!

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  5. Tracy this is just fantastic huge huge difference i am loving it. i didn't picture the curtains to look like this and what a wow factor.

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  6. Okay I feel like I'm stalking you! LOL I keep coming back to look at this... I just have to add that I love the cabinet you're using for cookbooks - it looks like one unit, plus the base and topper, from a barrister bookcase. Really neat idea!

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  7. The black check curtains really does ground the room and tie into the cabinet. Very lovely!

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  8. The curtains look great! Your space is so warm and beautiful and these full-length curtains really emphaize that. Oh, I loved that rug as well, but it looks like the new one is a better fit. Thsoe small changes made a big difference and it looks great!

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  9. I love the way they came out! You did a great job Tracy. The curtains really bring warmth to the room. The height with the black check looks great next to the tall shelf. And I love the little bench.

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  10. It's amazing what a couple of changes will do. It looks like a whole new room...so warm and inviting. Love those curtains. Great job!

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  11. Your curtains and kitchen are gorgeous.

    You did a wonderful job!

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  12. I love what you did with your breakfast room!
    Wow! You are relentless these days with your projects...or have you always been this way and I've just realized it? lol
    Great job!

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  13. Just beautiful, such a wonderful job on the curtains! The other changes are great too!

    Rondell

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  14. Oh I wish I could sew! It looks grrreat.

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  15. You are one multi-talented lady. Your curtains are beautiful. What a great job you did. Everything is so cozy and pretty.

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  16. Tracy,

    That turned out absolutely wonderful...great work.

    Melissa

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  17. eye teeth. Yep. I'd give them for those curtains! Simply delicious and that rug really pops with the black. So where did you put the cute rug that you had under the table?

    Dena

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  18. Absolutely love those curtains. Love the black and tan check with that red print. So beautiful. The change is amazing.
    Brooke

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  19. Very cute and charming!...Christine

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  20. LOVE IT! Tracy it looks awesome! The window treatments are gorgeous and the bench and pillows look perfect under the window. Another great Tracy re-do!
    xoxo,
    Kim

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  21. Everything looks so nice -you did a wonderful job on your curtains

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  22. Wow, Tracey, you did a great job. I am so proud for you. The key to getting good advice is knowing who to ask and then listening to the advice. Miss Mustard Seed did you good and you took all the way home.

    Love it. You go girl.

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  23. How gorgeous! What a stunning difference with those small touches. The whole entire room looks so warm with the full length curtains.

    Nice job, Tracy!

    Donna

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  24. Your new drapes certainly made a huge difference! I love all of the typography sprinkled around the house, too. Those red stools totally caught my eye right away. They are awesome!

    ~Misti

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  25. A big "woo hoo" oo your completed project. Mine only took 2 years of thinking about it. Ha.

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  26. Just lovely. The new rug is perfect with your new curtains.

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  27. Those are some fun and flirty curtains! What a difference they made in the room! You did a great job!

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  28. WOW! I love the transformation! It is so beautiful and warm and looks like a totally different space. I kept going back and forth between the before and after pictures to take it all in! Great job!
    Vanessa
    http://southerninmyheart.blogspot.com

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  29. Hi Tracy, I'm visiting from FJ's Gitter Done link up.

    I just love what you did with your kitchen!! I have to ask: Where did you get your fabric from? I have redone our bedroom and introduced red. Now I'm thinking about making a quilt and was wanting to add a little black. I think the black checked fabric would be perfect!

    I hope you found another spot for that lovely round rooster rug. I do see that it was too small, it I loved it!

    I think I'll check out some more of your blog :0)

    ~♥~
    Kristal

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  30. Really love these curtains! I know this was labor intensive, but the result is beautifully layered and warm. Always love to read your posts and see what you have done.

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  31. I love the curtains and the rug! It all looks great!

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  32. Hi Tracy! Woo hoo! You got these done. I tried to comment the other day, but blogger has been giving me trouble this week. Your window treatments look great. I like the long red topper and the eyelash trim is such a fun detail. Your kitchen is looking great, your talent is shining through. Thanks for linking.

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  33. I'm your newest follower. http://moogieland.blogspot.com/

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  34. I would love to have you join me tomorrow over at our Sassy Sites blog party! It's our Feature YOU Friday! Come by and check it out! xoxo

    Marni
    @ Sassy Sites!

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  35. I love your kitchen! There are so many beautiful homes in blog land, and so many great ideas!!

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  36. Your curtains turned out fabulous! Love the check and floral together.
    looks great.

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  37. Wow, I am super impressed with your curtains it really made the area come together. I also love your bench. You have done an amazing job with this. What color are you thinking about painting your table and chairs?
    Hugs,
    Olivia

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  38. I'm just blown away. I love the curtains, and all of the changes you made! It was nice before, but your changes really made it gorgeous! I love your phone area, so cute! The new rug is much more rich looking to me, very nice. Enjoy your new space!

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  39. You did a beautiful job. I love your curtains - they're wonderful.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  40. Beautiful makeover!

    visiting from tatertots and jello

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  41. Perfect, I love, love that red fabric!! Enjoy the new look, it's fabulous.

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  42. Love the bench and pillows. Beautiful. The window treatments make a BIG difference. Nice job!

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  43. This looks great:) I think I was most happy to see that someone uses a yard stick when they sew too! Ha! I always felt so "old school" by not having a fancy sewing ruler and cutting mat:)

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  44. Wow, it all looks great! I love those curtains! I sew just enough to get by too and somehow, I always seem to get my measurements almost just right. The differences are never enough that anyone could tell. :-)

    ~ The Speckled Dog

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  45. I love this! Those curtains are super-cute and I love all the personality your little pillows add. I found this project through Tatertots and Jello. If you have a free moment, I have a new weekly (I hope!) Linky on my blog called Not “Baaad” Sundays with LambAround. I’d love for you to post this :)

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  46. The dining area makeover is fab-what a difference a few simple changes make-love love love the drapes-that french country look can go with so much-rug is perfect too-congrats on a great new look! claire at www.rosegirls3.blogspot.com

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  47. what a beautiful homey lived in comfy kitchen/dining area. great job. the only thing i see that could use tweeking is the rug still looks too small. should really be big enough so that the chairs still have their legs on it when pulled out from the table.:)

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  48. I just had to check these out again! What gorgeous drapes. I just love the mix of fabrics. They made a huge difference in your dining area!

    Nancy

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