Small changes in the dining room, make a big difference!


I hope you’re weathering the holiday season well!  It can be a challenging time, in so many ways!

A while ago, I showed you my dining room, complete with a silver tea service.  I decided it was time for a friendlier dining room! Maybe even one that gets used, from time to time!

Let’s take a walk down memory lane…

Along with the silver plate, were mom and dad’s ginormous pair of lamps.  The lamps are cool, in their own way.  They have certainly been a part of my life since childhood.

Here we were.  My goal was to make the room cozier…more inviting…with no orange wood!  Then, there are the “captains” chairs.  That whole idea makes no sense to me.  It’s sort of like saying “Come over to our house for dinner.  We’ll sit in the real comfy chairs.  Hope you don’t mind!”

We bought the set from the previous home owners and the quality is great, but I was done with the look.

I guess the wood wasn’t truly orange, but you see what I mean.  My choice in upholstery fabric didn’t help.

The chairs were the same finish.  (While we’re here, I have to salute Mr. Wonderful, for letting me make these changes.  Even I wasn’t sure of the outcome.  You’re never quite sure! You just say a prayer and hope for the best.)

See what I mean?  The leather chair cushions were also this salmon color.

Yes, you can paint and wax leather! There are six of these Henredon chairs (not including the captain chairs).  We’ve painted four of the six so far, in Fusion Mineral Paint’s Putty. It’s really a gorgeous color.  I’m hoping they’ll end up in a good home one day, soon!

Pretty, huh?  Now there are new chairs in the dining room, that are more French Country. I found them in my travels, just calling my name…”Mrs. Buuussey! Here we are!”

 Wonderful Nancy, who does such beautiful  upholstery work, recovered these beauties.  Look at how she even matched the pattern, along the front of the chair cushion.  I bow, when she walks into the room!

So…what do you think?  I darkened the dining table with black gel stain.  It took several coats of stain, followed by two coats of wax.  

Gone is the silver tea service and ginormous lamps.

I bought Jill’s Vintage French orchard ladder.  It’s kind of random, but I love it.  It’s how decorating a room should be.  If you love it, then it’s just perfect!

P.S.: Remember, all jewelry and accessories are 20% Off, all week!  We didn’t plan it,  but if you ask, we’ll give you 20% Off on all Christmas greens and decor, through out the end of the year!




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  1. Your dining room looks great! So fun to see the changes. Thanks for sharing.

    • Barbara Bussey says

      I’m looking forward to seeing pictures of what you’ve been working on, at your new home. Are you ready for house guests yet? Merry Christmas!

  2. Your dining looks much more relaxed to me. It’s inviting me in…to linger over coffee and dessert…or an after dinner drink! 😉

    • Barbara Bussey says

      Hi Donnamae! So good to hear from you! I hope you and your family are doing well. Thanks for your sweet note. Merry Christmas! Hugs, Barbara

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