Friday, April 8, 2011

MVL Dining Room

To Dine Is Thine
Yes, I finally have a finished dining room.
I showed it yesterday but I'm afraid by the time I got the new fabric on the chair seats....
I was starting to lose the good light for photos. So my photos were a bit blurry.
So here I've included new shots done in better light.
I decided to go with a different color and fabric on each chair seat.
This one is the same fabric I used for curtains in the breakfast nook.
I ordered all the other fabric from
The pink is called Flamingo Pink and coordinates very well with the pink ceiling in this room 
and with my pink sofa in the living room.
I think this yellow is my favorite.
This one was Mom's favorite.
I won this great Cockatoo statue from Eddie Ross last summer.
It finally has a spot to rest. He looks fabulous on the buffet now that it's white.
I also thought I was growing tired of my majolica but I have a renewed love 
for it now that it's mixed with all the white.
Yes, Roscoe's chair is still here. I draped some fabric on it for the moment. 
The view from the living room into the dining room.
The room needs a rug and some more art...but all in time.
For now I'm basking in the glow of a job accomplished.

***** update *****
Oops! just realized I forgot to include what this furniture looked like before - here we go!

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how to oil paint said...

I like your blog!...Daniel

driftwoodesign said...

Fabulous, and I adore your cockatoo.
Kristy @ 4 the love of WOOD

Blue Ridge Altered Art said...

Beautiful. Bright and inviting. ~~Sherry~~

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Oh dearest namesake, I LOVE IT. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT. In many ways, it is similar to mine, but I am still looking for a sideboard. My style however, is bent towards the French flea market style, but the archway is exactly the same, my walls however are white. EVERYTHING IS MAGNIFICENT!!! Anita or NITA!

Lisa said...

This is absolutely amazing! The colors pop and sizzle and are soothing at the same time. Job well done, you must be so proud :) What are the colors on the walls of your living and dining rooms?


The enchanted home said...

Looks just incredible!! So magazine worthy..give yourself a big pat on the back..perfection!

Amy Chalmers said...

I love it Nita. Inspired to have the chairs in pretty different fabrics. So fun seeing the ER bird on the sideboard, I had forgotten about that. And I see you have a small bar set up behind the sofa~so mix up some cosmos for us and I will help you celebrate!

Tanna said...

I love each and every one of the fabrics you used for the chair seats! Very nice job, Nita! blessings ~ tanna

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Job well done Nita! I LOVE how you transformed your dining room!! Martina

Olive said...

Nita, I love the yellow fabric too but all of them are terrific on the white chairs. Again I say the buffet is the STAR of the room. ♥O

Cindi Myers said...

Wow Wow Wow!!!!
I LOVE it SO much!
That last photo should be the first one in a magazine spread on your home! Breathtaking!
And now, I've changed my mind about the Roscoe chair. I think you should KEEP it and cover it in the periwinkle fabric that is draped over the back!
:D - Cindi

Karen F said...

It is beautiful as I knew it would be. The majolica really "pops" now! You should be so proud of yourself for a job well done. You should definitely keep Roscoe's chair and cover it in dreamy white with several pillows made from your new dining chair fabrics.

Anonymous said...

Hi Nita,
A perfect bright and charming feminine room! Everytime I look at your rooms, I see something new that I love. I really LOVE the mix of pink and yellow and I love how it flows into the living room with that AWESOME pink couch!
It really does look enchanting!
Have you done a post on painting your DR table and chairs? I'm working up the courage to paint mine....against my husband's wishes! :)
Have a wonderful day!
Sarah xo

Malena said...

Love love love!!

the gardener's cottage said...

hi nita,

i agree with sarah. everytime i look at the room i see something new. how wonderfully feminine it is. the roses are gorgeous too. i bet you just sit on the gorg pink sofa and stare into the dining room now. that, or you are prob just exhausted from all the hard work! just beautiful.


Chris at Red Gate Farm said...

I love the mix and match fabrics on your chairs! The whole room looks wonderful!


Shelia said...

Hi Nita! I'm drooling over your gorgeous dining room. Love the different colored fabrics on your chair seats! Your buffet is gorgeous. I have a similar one but it's still in it's wooden state.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Ricki Treleaven said...

Nita, I lik all the fabric, but I am partial to the yellow, too. I hope you realize how gorgeous your dining room truly is. Your majolica is *stunning* against the yellow, white, and natural wood on the rack. I think the natural wood is the perfect foil to the elegant majolica. Your dining room really should be in BH&G. Love it!

Have a great weekend!
Ricki Jill

Unknown said...

I am IN LOVE with your ceiling in the dining room! Of course the whole room is just to die for, but I am intrigued by the ceiling! Could you tell me what paint you used to get that sheen? Thanks in advance.

Nita Stacy said...

I'll email all of you too but thought I'd answer a few questions here.

The furniture was lightly sanded and then painted with two coats of Kilz primer. Then 3 to 4 coats of Martha Stewart Popcorn but the color was too light so I added brown and yellow craft paint till I got the creamy white I wanted. So it's a custom mix. I used to have a Ralph Lauren paint in the perfect shade but don't know what the mix was but this custom mix is almost exactly it. After painting all furniture...I sanded it in spots down to the original wood finish. Then I used Minwax clear waterbased rub on poly on the top of the table and top of the buffet to hopefully keep the finish from scratching.

The paint color on the walls is Devoe Paint "Ivory Lily" in eggshell. It photographs much more yellow than it actually is depending on time of day. The actual color is much like the very first photograph on this post. It's a very light creamy butter yellow...just barely yellow...really cream. But I am thinking of changing it because it photographs so yellow and I don't like the way it looks in many photos. But I have it throughout the house. It's in the living room, dining room, hallway, den, master bath, kitchen and breakfast nook. My house is small and I like the one color going through out the home. Although it looks different in each room depending on light.

The ceiling is painted Devoe Paint "Desert Rose" in Satin. I like that it reflects the lights and shines a little at night. I used Devoe Paint after it was recommended by a painter friend and have to say the quality was excellent.

I have another antique chandelier for this space that needs to go up. The one in this room was suppose to be a temporary one. I just didn't have time to get it up before the home tour. So it is coming soon.

Debra@CommonGround said...

Hurray for Roscoe, and I LOVE it all. Great job, Nita, the lampshades look fabulous!!

It's a Wannabe Decorator's Life said...

Nita!!! How awesome is that room! I think my favorite is the different fabric on the chairs. You, my friend, are my decorating hero!!!

Lindsay said...

Beautiful it looks so bright and lovely! love the seats. Great work.

Teresa said...

Oh how I love your style....perfect.

Mari said...



Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Hi Nita~
I love your pretty white dining area!! It looks so beautiful! They furniture lightened up made such a difference and how absolutely charming your whole room is! Well done! :)

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hi Nita,
I absolutely love your dining room! Love the white; so elegant! Happy Pink Saturday weekend.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

OH NITA! I was not able to see the BEFORE pictures when I visited early this morning! YES!!!! YES!!!! See, I have been painting furniture as well, transforming furniture to have the gray/white tones....oh dearest, how KIND of you to try to email me! I have NO idea why you were not able to access it. Here is my address:

See if that works.

I will send you some pictures of what I have so far! I need a sideboard to paint white/gray and some new dining room chairs LIKE YOURS!!!

I will be working on my blog post all night.....see you this weekend, I hope?

Fondly, Anita

Unknown said...

SOOOOoo love that Majolica! It is so hard to find exquisite pieces as yours. Lovely.
Your decor is to adore! You have done an wonderful job in decorating.

Have a sweet PS weekend ~

FUN GIVEAWAY ends 4/10

Maryjane-The Beehive Cottage said...

I love the pretty dishes with the white hutch! They just pop! Your home is amazing and very inspiring! Happy Pink Saturday!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

I loved the idea of doing each chair seat in a different fabric and tying them together with the white paint. That's a fun idea! And I love your majolica in the cabinet, your pink ceiling (oooh!) and your pink sofa (ooooh!). Your house is very cute, and I like the way you've gone with it. Lots of fun!

Happy Pink Saturday to you...


Sheila :-)

Pink Roses and Teacups said...

Wow, this furniture came out great!! Love the pretty chair cushions too! It all looks so bright and cheery!


Alison @ The Polohouse said...

What a transformation!!!!
You did such a fantastic job and I love how it lightens and brightens the space --- just in time for spring, right?

I also love the mix of chair fabrics.
S cheerful and uplifting.

Love it all!

birdie blue said...

your dining room looks absolutely darling. l o v e your majolica, too. so fresh and pretty.

have a lovely weekend.

Ann from On Sutton Place said...

Well it was worth the wait. Unbelievably beautiful! I have looked at the pictures from top to bottom 3 times! You should be really proud of yourself. That was a HUGE job and it turned out to be a perfect reflection of you and your style. Well done. ~Ann

Tracie~MyPetiteMaison said...

Hi Nita,
I love it all. I have a sideboard that's close to the design of yours... one of my favorite things in the house.

You always inspire. I stopped by tonight because I'm thinking you've had a fab day!?

Have a great weekend!

Patricia said...

Nita you did a beautiful job! I love it all. That sideboard is what I'm looking for now and not finding! Enjoy your room.

Terri Morse said...

What an incredible room. When I saw that buffet my heart went pitty-pat! You did a fantastic restoration job on all of your furniture. You have an amazing sense of style! Have a wonderful weekend. Terri

very merry vintage style said...

Nita it looks fabulous! Love that you used a different fabric on each chair. The floral arrangement is beautiful and just "pops" against all that white. Is that a pink ceiling I see? Your pottery looks great and the shelf on the hutch is a great mix of wood and white... love it!

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

Terrific job on such a gorgeous room! I love LOVE L-O-V-E that awesome sideboard!!! Beautiful table and chairs, love the different colored cushions. And the bridge lamp! Shoot, there isn't anything in there that I don't love!

Happy PS!

Big TX Hugs,
Angelic Accents

PuteriFauziah said...

Hello! I really love your dining room! it's really special and pretty!

Happy Pink Saturday!

Hugs, PuteriFauziah.

Lindy said...

I love the new look. Your dining room is gorgeous!

"Create Beauty" said...

It's one thing to view a room and love how it is decorated while standing in it, but when it looks fabulous in a photo, you KNOW it's awesome!!! (I say this as I have often photographed a room only to look at the image and think.... "hmmmm, I thought it looked prettier than this...." But OH MY! Seeing your dining room through that arch, it is magnificent!

I love your painted white furniture and all of the COLOR you have incorporated into your charming home, really enjoyed your home tour!!!!

~ Violet

Bluebirds and Roses said...

OMGosh I love everything..beautiful and inspiring blog..HPS.

Dru said...

What an amazing transformation! It's just beautiful - I especially love the buffet and lamps. I'm currently in the process of painting a beautiful old sofa table white (It too was brown) and I'm loving it!! This is truly an inspiration - thank you! Happy Pink Saturday to you!

Olivia said...

Your dining room looks simply fabulous! The buffet is deelish and I love the way you did the chairs! So fun! Happy Pink Saturday!

Cindy said...

Your dining room is absolutely fabulously beautiful!!! I love that furniture in white, the chair seats look great with different fabrics. You are very imaginative and creative in a very nice way. Your living room couch is very sweet, too, with it's pretty pillows on it.
Hugs, Cindy

Unknown said...

Your dining room looks great! Excellent job!

HaPpY pInK sAtUrDaY!

Jori said...

WOWEE! Looks like it could be in a magazine. It is so,so beautiful!

Donna said...

What a difference white paint can make. Beautiful job!

seanymph said...

Your dining room is stunning. I love that furniture. I never would have thought the old heavy style would look so good painted. You have me thinking now.......where could I put some stuff like that? And I like Roscoes chair there too.

Unknown said...

What a super fab room! I love the sideboard makeover. Thanks so much for the FaceBook shout out, too! FYI--I just met with Joe again to work on my tutorial for the cottage chic vent hood over my stove. I can't wait to get that posted!

~Mikey @ Shabby French Cottage

D.B. said...

Simply perfect. The last yellow chair is my favorite as well. All your hard work was so worth it!

Handy Man, Crafty Woman said...

wow, I love all of the colorful fabrics.

Anonymous said...

I love all the pops of color. Your room looks like a happy place to be. Thanks for sharing your pictures!

♥ Miss Tea said...

Gorgeous!! love it so much, envious here! :)

Susan @

Unknown said...

DAHHHHHling! You are a girl after my own heart. I don't think I've ever seen a more beautiful room.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

It looks great in white, Nita! I love that buffet piece - so detailed and the storage it provides must be wonderful.

maría cecilia said...

Hola, in love with everything here, and well... your entire blog!!!
hugs from Chile

Blessed Serendipity said...

I just love your dining room and I could just move right in. Happy colors! Cozy! Cute!


Pamela said...

Ni, Nits, Nits your room is BEYOND and I mean BEYOND gorgeous lady!! I love it!! The pink ceiling is probably what makes it for me! I love the view from the living room. Your home looks like a room from a cottage chic decor book!

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Stunning. I love the furniture painted white and the buffet and hutch are so beautiful Everything is done so well. Love it all. Hugs, Marty

Unknown said...

I love EVERY single detail of this room makeover. Your fabric choices on the chairs, the brand new life for the buffet, the table, and all the accents.

You have amazing style and I really enjoy all of your rooms and projects.

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Bonnie@ The Hopeless Romantic said...

OMG, we practically have the same DR set. Urs looks soooooooo good re-done. U did a fantastic job. Come by and see its twin if ya get a chance. Ive finished the chairs and will be working on the table this week........So glad i came by, ur latest follower, Bonnie

Bonnie@ The Hopeless Romantic said...

Giggles....i just had to stop for a second visit to let u know im working on the table today. Im so excited.......Thanks again for jumpstarting me to get it finished, hopefully it will go faster than the chairs, i agree, they too for-e-ver...........Bonnie

Cheryl ~ ZanyMayd said...

Love, Love, Love all the white with the Fabulous punches of Color.... Simply Beautiful

very merry vintage style said...

Thanks for sharing the pink paint color and for linking to my Share the Love party!

Melissa and Scott said...

Thanks for stopping by and leaving me a link to your sideboard. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it! That is 100% the type I was looking for, love all the detail. This one will do for now as it was only $50.00!

Love your blog to bu the way ;)


Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Hi Nita, Your dining room is gorgeous!! I love the table and sideboard and your majolica is wonderful.

Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage said...

Oh, Nita! It looks absolutely fabulous! What a gorgeous transformation. And aren't you glad you kept your majolica? It really pops now - surrounded by all that white.

I'm so glad you linked to my party. I've missed seeing you on a regular basis. ;) By the way, congrats on your win from Petite Maison.

Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage

Becca said...

Your dining room is stunning! I love how you chose different fabrics for the chairs ... such great pops of color! The painted pieces look gorgeous. I have a buffet, very similar in style to yours, that I've been "thinking" about painting white and distressing a bit. Do you mind me asking the steps you took to do the buffet, as far as sanding, priming, poly, etc? Thanks! *Becca* (your newest follower)

Debra@CommonGround said...

Nita, you can come over here any time!! xoxo said...

Your dining room looks fresh and lovely!

At The Picket Fence said...

Nita, this is beyond fabulous! I am in awe of the beautiful job you did. I don't know where to even start on what is my favorite part. Thank you so much for sharing this with us at Inspiration Friday At The Picket Fence...I am most definitely inspired!


Decor To Adore said...

I absolutely adore this project! I am hosting a Springtime Craft and Project linky party today and I would love it if you would particpate.

There is a giveaway involved. :)

The Summer Kitchen Girls said...

What a difference! A big pat on the back for such a great re-do! We absolutely love all of the colors you used - the plates on the wall *sigh* and we love the cockatoo - what a perfect place for him to perch!
Karla & Karrie


I just adore the way your dining room turned out! So beautiful and fresh in all the fabric in each chair, very clever idea and fun. Love the cockatoo, perfect place for her! Terrific project...congrats.
Nice weekend.

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Hi Nita~ I just love seeing your gorgeous space all over again! It is absolutely beautiful and I just love the white!!! Thanks so much for sharing this at FNF! :)

~ ~ Ahrisha ~ ~ said...

GreatJob on the room. I love the pink ceiling. I like the wall color I gravitate toward a more yellow white, too much stark white on everything doesn't appeal to me. It is a very cozy and warm feel. Lovely.
Thanks for stopping by.
~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

The Charm of Home said...

You have done a fabulous job on this! I love the brights with the geometric prints and the accessories in the brights mixed with the white dining furniture. It looks magazine ready! It is a unique look that works very well and you pulled it off beautifully! What a great job you did on the furniture too. Just gorgeous! Thanks for showing us the finish! I was looking forward to it. And, thanks for linking it up!

Unknown said...

Are you kidding me? This is SO inspiring! I'm your newest follower. I love the 4th photo down the most... that flower arrangement really finishes off the room beautifully. The pink ceiling? WOW - really creative and really beautiful. Stop by and visit my blog anytime :)


Sue said...

That sideboard looks so contemporary and modern now that it's white! And the seat covers are just so perfect done up in different fabrics. :-)

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

Love the chairs with the gorgeous fabric!!!

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

Love the chairs with the gorgeous fabric!!!

KimMalk said...

Your dining room is gorgeous. I love the painted buffet--such new life!

Cindy @ Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home said...

Just beautiful, what a transformation!

DreamgirlLisa said...

Somehow I had missed this post, I had been excited to see when you got the set sure turned out beautiful! I have been searching for a sideboard like that, but I need to find one pretty cheap that I can paing myself. Yours is really beautiful. Great job!

A Vintage Vine said...

Love this room! Putting the different fabrics on the chairs was a perfect idea! The bird statue makes the sideboard, thanks for sharing!

René said...

Your dining room is so bright and cheerful. The colors and fabrics make me smile. Thanks so much for joining the "room by room" series.


An Oasis in the Desert said...

It looks beautifully amazing, Nita! Looks like it should have always been that color!

Ms Bingles Vintage Christmas said...

oh my goodness...everything looks sssooo beautiful! you did a wonderful job! I am sure you are enjoying the bright and sunny feel!

Art and Sand said...

Amazing what some paint can do. I love the colors you used.

Ms Bingles Vintage Christmas said...

Oh, my goodness! I cant believe how wonderful everything turned out! It has been awhile since I have been around reading blogs! I have got to get caught up on yours! SO nice to see your beauty!