dining-room-5162Table / Chairs / Wall Bracket / Waynfleet Light (here) / Buffet

It is finished! It is finished! Our dining room which has had quite some ups and downs (ok, more downs) during the process is finally complete. See our old dining room here.

I’ve shared with some close friends the terrible mistakes I’ve made while debating if I should share the shame with the world, but I’m going to. I’m only doing it to show you that I’m completely imperfect and home renovations don’t always go smoothy, if ever.


I picked up the wood bowls at a thrift store for 25 cents each!

The good:

  • I got our dining room table from Restoration Hardware during the Friends and Family sale, so it was $1200 instead of an arm, leg and my left big toe.
  • We can now sit 6-8 comfortably instead of 4.

The bad:

  • I bought four custom chairs that cost $750 only to find that it was $750 for just the custom SLIPCOVERS without the chair.
  • Had to buy four actual chairs to sit on
  • Bought two more chairs with custom slipcovers (do you hear $$$$?)
  • Buy vintage champaign buffet and it arrives, BLUE not white because I read it wrong.
  • Two new chairs arrived, totally different than the other four because I bought them upholstered instead of slipcovered (custom means no returns)
  • Call for mercy discount, place order $500 for two additional custom slipcovers
  • Mission Avenue Studio was kind enough to source local painter, Complete Furniture Service to repaint buffet, $500 for white. If you live in the Phoenix area, I highly recommend them, they are so kind and also pickup and drop off furniture and do upholstery too!
  • Install chandelier, make new holes in ceiling, can’t match paint (we don’t know the color and paint color matching technology is a lie).
  • Need to repaint entire ceiling that goes into living room.
  • Heck, let’s paint the ceiling of the entire house.

Ta-da. When it came to staging the buffet I pulled some things around other parts of our house. It makes me happy I can walk around different rooms and find things that will work in other areas of our house, it means my style is pretty consistent.

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And, there you go. If you come over for dinner in 20 years our dining room will look the same, because it has to, not my husband’s words, my words.

The custom slipcovers are made from Sunbrella fabric so they should last us a long time and the chairs are on rolling casters. I’m going to pass on a rug due to traffic areas and the door patio door and I think I prefer that with the chairs being able to slide in and out easily. It already seems more spacious and I love how our style is changing (well, my style since Mr. Wonderful has expressed he is fine with our house exactly as it is).

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Dinner is served (or delivered) around 7:30, come on over.