We’ve lived in this house for a little over two years now and our dining room has gone through a multitude of changes during that time, but had never been decorated with any thought. It has been the landing place for any extra furniture I come across and at times I could barely walk through it. I decided it was time to transform my makeshift storage room into a classically elegant French Country dining room with white painted furniture, vintage white ironstone, and fresh flowers displayed in old silver-plate. Could you get any more French Country than that?
We travel through it approximately 273 times each day going upstairs, to the front door, the office, the kitchen, or whatnot, but otherwise it goes unused.
When we moved in, we put down the new rug from our old office to protect the floors. Yes, that’s about as much thought and effort as we put into it. You see, the entire house needed a cosmetic makeover and we started with the areas where we spent the most time, and obviously the dining room was way down on the list.
A year after moving in, we had the foyer and dining room painted to match the rest of the house. It’s Creme Brûlée, a light and airy color to replace the pinky beige walls I had lived with for over a year. Never, ever paint your walls pinky beige. It leaches the life out of everything!
In the picture below, the table and chairs had been refinished and you can read more about that sponsored post here. I had a new rug that really lightened up the room, but I couldn’t find a chandelier that I liked. I finally decided to paint the current chandelier to match the table. You can see how I did that here.
See what a difference a lighter chandelier made and it didn’t cost me a thing! I also made a no sew burlap chain cover to dress up the chandelier a little more.
Each individual piece of furniture and decor now stands out in this room instead of blending together.
The details on the chairs pop after being painted with General Finishes Antique White and then distressed.
Love these chairs!
For the centerpiece, I placed vintage parfait/sundae glasses in a Sheridan silver relish tray and then filled the glasses with fresh hydrangeas. It’s an easy way to add a simple touch of elegance.
Since our boys love the ocean so much, I try to scatter bits and pieces of it around the house. In the dining room, you’ll find starfish lining the transom window and ocean themed artwork on the walls.
The details in the table are no longer lost in the sea of dark stain.
General Finishes Java Gel Stain was used to refinish the table top.
I gravitate towards simple, timeless decor…
On top of the 1890’s buffet/server I have displayed my vintage white ironstone collection.
Silver-plate creamer and sugar bowls hold fresh hydrangea blossoms.
The bench was recovered with sky blue material to coordinate with the rug. It still needs a skirt or trim or something… I’m not an upholsterer by any stretch of the imagination, but for now at least it matches and our dog says it’s super comfy!
The 1890’s mahogany parlor tables hold champagne buckets filled with green topiary.
You can see the starfish’s shadows dancing across the room at different times of the day…
When the hubs saw this late 1800’s buffet in the antique store, he fell in love and what can I say? I gave in, because you can never have too many buffets in a room which you never, ever use.
It’s pretty though, right?
Silver trays are very popular in French Country decor. I used a large silver tray to hold some of my favorite design books along with pretty handkerchiefs my grandmother always carried with her, and a bowl that was hand carved by my cousin from a limb that had fallen off a big tree at my grandparent’s house.
You see, this tray holds more than an odd assortment of items. It holds many sweet memories…
And that my friends, concludes my French Country dining room makeover.
I’ll leave you with more dancing starfish…
Thanks for dropping by today to see my French Country dining room reveal. I would love to hear from you. Please leave a comment and I’ll get back to you!
This post contains sponsored material. I received free product in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are 100% my own and I would not use or endorse a product I did believe in.
Linking with Tweak It Tuesday at Cozy Little House
and Inspire Me Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life
and Let’s Talk Vintage at Bella Rosa Antiques
and Swing Into Spring at DIY by Design
and Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style
and Talk of the Town at My Salvaged Treasures
and Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life
and Vintage Charm at Adirondack Girl At Heart
#sponsored #general finishes