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I have Cloud White walls! (And other notes on my Dining Room)

I know that I am supposed to be sharing some cute Easter egg craft with you but that’s not happening. There are no Easter crafts in this house. Sorry to disappoint. It just didn’t happen. But what did happen is white walls.

Three to be precise. Hubby and I decided to “test” the white wall concept by painting the dining room (since it irked me the most at the moment). Here is how our dining room looked before we (the royal “we”) started painting.

You can see that two walls were a green. Green is actually my favourite colour, but I like earthy greens and this one isn’t. The ceiling is a standard white. The wall on the left is actually the colour that all of the main floor halls, which extend up to the second floor with a cathedral ceiling, are painted in. It looks fairly creamy in this photo (since I am crappy with photos), but it actually has a peach undertone which I really don’t care for. It is this peach undertone that is the impetus for starting on this white paint adventure in the first place.

So the plan was to paint all of the walls in BM Cloud White, but have the back wall in a gray (BM Overcoat). Here’s what these paint colours look like when not in my crappy photos:

 

Here is what our dining room looks like now. Naturally, the room is nowhere close to finished, but I really can’t even tell you how much I LOVE the white. I want everything in the house white now! Hubby is not thrilled with this, so I try not to get too excited.

In this photo, the back wall still looks green. But it’s not, it’s Overcoat grey — a gorgeous dark grey — I swear. (I know! I need to find time to take a photography course.)

The dining table and chairs are not staying. The chairs are falling apart and although they went beautifully with our old house, we have no interest in salvaging them and keeping them for our new house. The table is a big, solid oak piece with extensions that allow for a huge family dinner. But we’re not keeping it either. I will try and sell it.

We’re (yes, the royal “we” again) building a new dining table. We actually bought the wood for it before we even moved into this house almost a year ago. The wood is really spectacular and called Babinga. Here is a picture from a supplier to give you an idea of what the colouring and feel is to Babinga.

Bubinga

The style of the table will be crisp, clean lines. Much more modern than other furniture we’ve had. About 9 feet long. And we’re thinking modern chairs. Like perhaps the Eiffel Side Chair or the Elbow Chair below? But I’m not sure about the wood legs on these chairs since I don’t think they’ll go with the wood of the table. So perhaps I need metal legs?

And then there is the issue of curtains. The view from this window is not nice, verging on ugly, so we’re thinking that sheers might be required in addition to curtains. But sheers seem so old-fashioned, don’t they? The curtains I could have made at a reasonable price by Tonic, like Jennifer of Rambling Renovators did in her master bedroom. But once I start looking at all the fabric options, I start to feel just as paralyzed as I did when looking at paint colour options. So help me out, won’t you? Here are some that I like the look of … I am interested in having black as an accent throughout the house.

Flatiron, Black

Outdoor - Ellis, Panther

Gladstone, Black

Night and Day, Fern

Or should I try to incorporate some of the warm tones of the dining table wood? Like perhaps:

FBRC MnChvrnAsh

Spa Dot, Citron

Small Talk, Blackbird

It’s not a mad rush to get all of these things chosen since we want to save up the money to buy them first, as well as the fact that Hubby is still busy making our bed (see what happens when you marry someone talented? you never get to buy anything made of wood!). But I do want to at least get started on having the curtains made, so please weigh in with all your design savvy opinions on the chairs and curtains!

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