Friday, May 7, 2010

Updating a farmhouse look

I loved my casual farmhouse dining room but it was just too dark since I have recently gone all white in my living room. The thought of starting over with white furniture was financially impossible and painting everything white seemed daunting. Besides, I still liked the black - it just needed to blend in better with my romantic living room whites. My fix? I purchased white plates and cups to put in the black china cabinet and added chair back slipcovers in a natural light fabric. Lauri Evans over at www.2chippys.blogspot.com made them for me after I saw one in her booth at the Lakewood Market last month. I'm making a few other changes like lighter lamps and accessories. It's been a frugal way to transform to a softer, lighter look.
Before: My dark country lookAfter: A softer and lighter look..



18 comments:

Vanessa said...

Amazing!!! Love the table transformation!!! Simply beautiful!! How did you refinished the table? Would you mind sharing the info it with me? Thanks! Vanessa

Roseanna said...

Fantastic update! Love the slipcovers...and the alphabet plates.

Bonnie said...

I WANT that cabinet!!! It is just gorgeous!!! The transformation is great and the table turned out wonderful!! Smart fix for the chairs. You have blended it in very well! When you see my home, you will understand why I also loved it the other way!!! Me and those warm colors!!

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

WOW! i hopped over from frugal friday because i loved just the teensy little thumbnail pic i saw. but now i see the whole picture and it is GORGEOUS!!! i LOVE those slipcovers and everything else you have done in the room- awesome! just awesome!

Stacey said...

That's a beautiful change! I absolutely love your ABC dishes. I've seen them in bits and pieces in the stores but it never would have crossed my mind to do all 26. Love it!

Sue Richardson said...

Vanessa and Bonnie - I didn't do anything to the table! I didn't paint it. That is how big a transformation those slips made. It pulled out the white in the wood. I am faux painter, but I bought the table this way. I'm pretty sure it is a home made job and they just put a light coat of white glaze over the wood. But it is exactly the same as when I bought it! Thanks!

Sue Richardson said...

Bonnie - love,love.love your black door!!! You should paint the bannister on oyur stairs black also. That would be awesome!

Sue Richardson said...

Stavey:
You just have more sense then to pay that much!! Actually I bought them at Hobby Lobby about 4 weeks ago when they were on sale for $4.99 each. And the whole alphabet isn't really there...I skipped a few letters I didn't like! LOL! Thanks, Sue

Emily said...

Looks fabulous, I just love the slipcovered chairs!

Lauri Evans said...

Hey Sue, WOW the photos are amazing. I still can't believe how good those slips look. Love it!!!!! So nice to meet you and so glad you are pleased!!! Lauri@chippys

PS, I am going to link over to you from my blog so everyone can see them. Thanks for the plug!

Elizabeth (blue clear sky) said...

Hi, I found my way here, again, this time from The Shabby Nest linky. I love the way you have lightened your dining area. Very pretty, and your dishes are interesting. I love a mix of farmhouse, farm and lakeside looks and lots of white, but can't do without my black pieces either. To lighten our black and stained china cabinet and to tie it in to our living room I have also collected some more white china pieces.
I became a follower and am off to check out more of your previous posts.

Elaine said...

I love it! What a change. Great job.

The Polka Dot Closet said...

I love it lighter the chairs are great! Great job!

Mary Ellen said...

WHat a wonderful solution!! Love the transformation! I am wanting to do something like this with my dining chairs.

bee blessed
mary

Suzanne said...

That's amazing! A few simple changes and it's like a whole new room! I really like what you've done.

Robin's Nesting Place said...

Sue, I've enjoyed reading your blog this evening. I was so surprised when I got to a post that mentioned Tuscaloosa. I am a Tuscaloosa girl transplanted in Indiana.

I love your decorating style and your decorating tips!

trish said...

Beautifully done! :o)
Sincerely ~ Trish

Martina said...

I just LOVE your dinning room before and after. Those slipcovers on your chairs are beautiful and I just love the alphabet plates in your hutch!! LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT!!!

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