One Room Challenge Week #3: Paint and the Crypt Keeper Chandelier

So, here we are at week three already, and while it may not be abundantly obvious, there is progress being made.  First off, my mom is graciously on board with sewing my drapes, God bless her.  And this is after we went to the fabric store and talked with a woman working there about lining them.  She was throwing around words like buckram and other sewing lingo that was foreign to both of us.  In case you’re wondering, a buckram is something that is used at the top of a drapery to give it a more defined shape.  See, you learn new things on this blog all the time.  You’re welcome.  (This post contains some affiliate links)

In case you need a recap, here are the updates for my dining room project so far:

One Room Challenge Week One: Dining Room Plans

One Room Challenge Week Two: Fabric Ideas

The plan with the drapes is to use this beauty of a fabric, and if all goes well (with the lining and the buckram), to add a navy band of fabric to the edge.

One Room Challenge: Choosing Fabric

This navy fabric is what I’m thinking about for a band, and I’m also looking at the beige herringbone fabric as an option for my dining room chairs.  

One Room Challenge Fabric

Let’s take a look at paint options under consideration, shall we?  I’m going to play it safe and go neutral with the walls, especially since I have so much in the way of dark furniture.  I don’t want this room to feel too cave-like, since, again, our house has a very open floor plan.  

One Room Challenge: Paint Colors

Note: While not in this photo, Revere Pewter is still in the running – big time.  It’s the same color that’s in our family room, and it’s a great match for the fabric that I’m incorporating in this room.  As a refresher, here’s the family room:

Revere Pewter Family Room

But here is the fabrics, next to the four paint swatches as a reference point.

Paint Colors and Fabric

I know it’s hard to tell by looking at paint colors online (as many colors that I’ve loved online did not work in my own home), but I’m leaning towards Revere Pewter at this point.  This photo shows the fabric against the Revere Pewter in my family room (and I don’t know why the edges are looking so wonky in this photo).  Trust me when I tell you it looks nice. One Room Challenge Fabric

I’m planning on having the dining room painted by next week, so stay tuned for that.  Now let’s chat about lighting, as there have been some new developments in that area.  Remember this pretty light that I shared in my Week One Plan?

Dining Room Chandelier

So, I showed it to my husband, gushing about how much I loved it.  He looks at it more closely and the conversation goes something like this:

Me:  Isn’t this light beautiful?  This is what I’m thinking of putting in the dining room.

Hubby: That looks like a coffin.

Me:  What are you talking about? No it doesn’t – it’s so pretty.  Look how nice it looks in this dining room (as I show him photos of it in other beautiful dining rooms).

Hubby:  That’s a crypt-keeper chandelier.

Me:  So now I can’t get this chandelier, because if I do, you’ll tell everyone that it’s a crypt-keeper chandelier, and they’ll be like, ‘You know what, I never saw it that way, but now that you mention it, it does kind of look like a coffin…”


Now, sometimes I ask my husband’s opinion, but between us, I typically do what I want to do.  And he knows that.  He’s really not that fussy about things.  But, in this instance, I can’t live with the crypt-keeper chandelier.  So, we’re on to a new plan.

I still like the idea of a rectangular chandelier, so here are the options I’m currently considering.

This one from Capital Lighting:

Rectangular Chandelier

Or this one from Progress Lighting:

Rectangular Chandelier

So what do you think?  Do you now look at my original chandelier choice as a coffin?  I asked a friend, and she said she didn’t look at it that way until I mentioned it, so you won’t hurt my feelings.  What’s done is done, moving on to new things.  And besides, these chandeliers are way less expensive. 😉


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  • Reply
    October 19, 2017 at 10:11 am

    LOL! Next time don’t ask his opinion but no, I do not look at your original pick as looking like a coffin or crypt. For your new choices, I like the more oval one but I like the other one as well.

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    October 19, 2017 at 11:18 am

    Love your choices. I think the navy band will look great.

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    October 19, 2017 at 1:29 pm

    Well… that you mention the coffin shape I wouldn’t be able to see anything else! Husbands! The last chandelier with the shade and brass is beautiful!

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      October 19, 2017 at 11:07 pm

      Thanks Mary! I’m sure I’ll find something better now that my dream chandelier has been tainted for life… 😉

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    October 19, 2017 at 1:47 pm

    Haha! I think he’s right, but don’t tell him… it might go to his head!! Did you also decide to go from silver tone to bronze tone? Looking at it from a homemaker’s point of view, there’s less to dust on the oval chandelier and it’s got a softer look. However, the shape of your table may alter the look. Do you have an oval table and want to mimic the look or a rectangular table where you want contrasting shape? Lots of choices, but they’re all good. 🙂 except the coffin.

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    October 19, 2017 at 2:24 pm

    Haha ! YES ! I am definitely seeing the coffin !
    I love your fabrics and wall color choices, and I do think Revere Pewter would be perfect – it has just that little bit of taupe in it (depending on the time of day & the light !)
    I also prefer the more oval shaped chandelier, though they are both beautiful.
    Your husband sounds like a lot of fun !

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    October 19, 2017 at 2:59 pm

    I still love that chandelier. It’s still my favorite.

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    October 19, 2017 at 3:01 pm

    Your husband’s comment lakes me laugh because that is EXACTLY how my husband responds to some of my decor ideas! Sometimes he trusts me/the process and ends up liking what I chose, but other times it’s a hard no… the man knows what he likes! But I heard on a design podcast recently – sometimes the best design comes out of compromise.

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    October 19, 2017 at 5:27 pm

    Can you share the source of the fabric please? I love the blue pattern. So beautiful! Can’t wait to see how it turns out

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    Paula Moreshead
    October 19, 2017 at 8:12 pm

    Just throwing in my two cents worth….but I like either of the last two chandeliers much better than the first one. Not just because of the coffin comment, but I’m not a fan of bare bulbs or lantern style fixtures without glass, no matter how trendy they are. Tell your husband that he’s on the right track!:)

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    October 19, 2017 at 9:19 pm

    I like the “coffin”… but wouldn’t be able to see anything else after calling it that either…

    I’d definitely take into account the other lighting in your house before making a decision.

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    October 19, 2017 at 9:47 pm

    I think I like the one with copper accents. It would give a little glamour.

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    Laura Irion/ Laura Design Co.
    October 19, 2017 at 10:34 pm

    Hilarious!!! I had to go back and look at the first chandelier to see if it really looked like the resting place of Nosferatu. After careful study I’M still not seeing it… 🙂 But as you said, what’s done is done so of the two new ones I like the oval best. I love both of your navy fabrics and the drapes are sure to be beautiful! And yeah, Revere Pewter…hard to go wrong with that classic. Good luck!!

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      October 19, 2017 at 10:35 pm

      Thanks Laura – the toothpaste is out of the tube for me on the coffin chandelier. I can’t unsee it now! On to bigger and better things, right? 😉

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    October 20, 2017 at 8:08 am

    LOL. I would have to say he is right even though its pretty cool design. I like the Capital lighting the best because it has interesting lines to it and the one from Progress still looks like a coffin with a cover! I also thought Mindful Gray looked great with your colors but I am not in person, that can make a difference. Good luck and I’m sure the room will look beautiful when you are done.

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    Barclay Stone
    October 20, 2017 at 9:17 am

    OMG – I LOVE your husband! Hilarious conversation! I loved the coffin chandelier! Well, lesson learned I guess. Anyhow- your fabric selections are perfect. How great that your mom is willing to whip up the drapery panels for you! Good luck! Looks great!

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      October 22, 2017 at 7:19 pm

      Thanks so much – I loved the coffin chandelier too, but alas, the coffin has been buried. 😉 My mom is a gem – that’s for sure!

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    October 21, 2017 at 9:08 am

    Funny! My husband would say “it’s different”. Any time those words come out of his mouth it’s a no go. Outfits, hairdos, furnishings. I know those words are his way of nicely telling me “are you out of your mind”:) I love all of your choices so far and look forward to the paint color you pick. Sorry, but I cannot un-see the coffin thing either!

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