Dining Room Evolution in Progress

Hey everyone!

Thought I’d give you a peek at what I’ve been working on with some of my holiday vacation time.  I don’t get many days that aren’t consumed with work/kid activities/etc.., so having free time like this is a real luxury!

I was debating between two projects:  1) painting the coffered ceiling:

(Sorry for the wonky angle in this photo – I had to take this picture while laying on the floor.  Didn’t mean to make you dizzy.)

or 2) stripping the dining room wallpaper:

I’ll take Door #2, Bob.  Since I’m not sure how I’ll jury rig the ladders to paint the ceiling,  figured the dining room was my best bet.  I wasn’t looking forward to it, (especially after stripping the wallpaper in the powder room redo) but it had to be done. 

Thankfully, it went much better than I anticipated!  I was able to get the wallpaper down in less than a day.  

I had been thinking about painting it in this dreamy color – Aegean Teal.   I’ve had swatches of this paint color on my walls for months.

I love this color.  It’s rich and yummy, very similar to the color in my kitchen.

BUT, I don’t want it to be too heavy and dark (not that it would be, necessarily), but after going through some of my dining room inspiration photos, I’m starting to lean towards this sort of look…

I love everything about this room!  The colors, the banded draperies, the chandelier, the light and bright feel of the room – everything.  Plus, I love that this room has many of the same features of our dining room.  The same layout, even the same windows.

See what I mean?  Ok, so I don’t have the hardwood floors, but I can deal with that, especially if I get a cool rug.  Do you see the vision?

Stay tuned – more to come my friends.

Linking to:
My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia – Tuesday Treasures
Savvy Southern Style – Wow Us Wednesdays

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  • Reply
    Dusty Coyote
    January 2, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    Very exciting! It's going to look great!!! They DO look like the same room! Good choice going with door #2, Your ceiling is absolutely stunning the way it is!!!!

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    January 2, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    Great job getting the wallpaper down. I would've chosen Door #2 as well. 🙂

    I'm eager to see the finished product. I really like your inspiration room.

    Happy New Year!

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    ℳartina @ Northern Nesting
    January 2, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    I LOVE your inspiration photo Jenny! Can't wait to see what you do!!

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    Jennifer Lockerby
    January 2, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    Maybe you could paint the ceiling the color that you love.

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    The Starr Family
    January 2, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    Looks great!!! Stripping wallpaper feels like losing 10lbs, so so good!

    Can't wait to see what you choose… love the airy, crisp white. Especially because you can choose incredible pop accessories and switch them up frequently!

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    January 2, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    Ooooh so much excitement!! The inspiration room is lovely and I'm sure your room will be too! Can't wait to see your results!

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    A Vintage Vine
    January 2, 2012 at 11:14 pm

    I am loving the inspiration picture, I am sure you can find a wonderful rug to get your "algean teal" in the room…Looking forward to watching this progress!

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    Lisa @ Shine Your Light
    January 2, 2012 at 11:51 pm

    Oh I see the vision! I LOVE, I mean LOVE, your inspiration picture. It's perfect with the color palette you have in the kitchen & family room. So pretty & fresh! Very exciting project for the new year!

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    January 3, 2012 at 3:21 am

    Its going to look great! Love the white and bright. And the chandy in your inspiration…very cool!

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    Dana Frieling@ Make Them Wonder
    January 3, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    Jenny, Your coffered ceiling is amazing! I'm totally impressed that you tackled the wallpaper challenge. Glad it was easy. Your vision is beautiful. Looking forward to seeing the end result.

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    Mom of 2 Cuties @ Sprinkles of Joy and Laughter
    January 3, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    Your hoome has such great characteristics! Love seeing your design touches and updates.

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    Syndi @ Beachnut Lane
    January 3, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    I love your inspiration picture. With all the blue on the walls in your house, having the white dining room with blue accents would really provide balance. Looking forward to seeing the "after" pictures!

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    pam {simple details}
    January 4, 2012 at 2:24 am

    Love your inspiration pic, Jenny! The wallpaper reminds me of hair – always want what you don't have – you're taking yours down, I want to put some up! 🙂 Excited to follow along!

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    Kim @ Savvy Southern Style
    January 4, 2012 at 2:45 am

    I look forward to what you do in here. Your wallpaper came down easy. I have to take down a border in the powder room. I took down wallpaper in there years ago and it came off in teeny tiny pieces and took me a week of doing it at night after working.

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    Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
    January 4, 2012 at 3:20 am

    Love your ceiling! Your dining room and kitchen are also gorgeous. My comment will be short because I want to click "follow" & then peak around.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving such a kind comment.

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    Adelina Priddis
    January 8, 2012 at 1:09 am

    Wallpaper off in a day?! I'm so stinking jealous. I just did 5 days of wallpaper stripping in our dining room

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    My Beautiful World
    January 8, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    It will look amazing. Sending you the Happiest New Year Wishes Ever my friend. Just found your beautiful blog and have enjoyed looking around everything is so lovely. I'm now following so we can keep in touch, if you ever find a spare minute I hope you visit me sometime follow back if you like. I look forward to many more wonderful visits with you in 2012 xo
    Always Wendy

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    Linda @ It All Started with Paint
    January 10, 2012 at 3:42 pm


    I see you hooked up at the "Before & After" party — isn't that a genius link party concept? Wish I had thought of it!

    I'm hoping that you could also hook up with our "Imagine the Impossibilities" challenge this month as well. Here's a link with the scoop …


    It all culminates in a multi-blog Jan 31 link party … and your dining room would be perfect to showcase!


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    Kathryn Ferguson Griffin
    January 25, 2012 at 3:09 am

    I just love your dining room lay out. Looking forward to seeing all that you have planned in 2012. Hope you're having a grand evening. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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