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Dining Room Redo: Shiny Gold Fancy Things

January 22, 2014

I thought I would take a break from the onslaught of kitchen posts because, well, even I had to take a break from the project to work on another room of the house.

I haven’t really figured out how I want to decorate every room (colors, fabrics, furniture) except for the dining room. I’m a sucker for formality (blame my mother) and since we plan on living in the house for a long, long time, I wanted to do something dramatic and completely ‘me’. If our house was a closet, the dining room would be the classic navy brass button blazer you wear for all those preppy occasions. Hahaha, oh my goodness…I just wrote that! Somebody shake me.

A mood board wasn’t necessary for this room because Pinterest was full of inspiring images. Here is a sample:



If you didn’t know this about me already – I like fancy gold things. Not everyone’s taste, I know. When I saw the navy/ gold combination in the images above, along with sparkly crystal and dark wood, it was screaming “Rachel!!! You have all of these elements somewhere in the house, combine them already!” If you hear the same words when you look at these images, you should check out this blog  The writer also has a penchant for fancy gold shiny things. A kindred spirit in the blog world….I digress….






I found the vintage crystal chandelier on Craigslist. Ever since I discovered the Craigslist app, I have become a complete addict – checking the antique listing about 100 times a day. It’s paid off which some amazing deals on furniture and lighting though – so I justify the distraction.


The table is a Craigslist find too! I told you that website is a gold mine. I’m completely blown away by the things people are selling on there. It’s solid mahogany, Empire style, with brass feet. Brass is back! It didn’t have chairs, which was OK because my mother, who is a chair-a-holic (just kidding Mom!) conveniently had been collecting Empire chairs over the years. She gifted them to us as a house-warming present. They need a little bit of work, and have to be reupholstered in matching fabric, but they are just perfect with the table!


I put up a few samples, and polled my trusty Instagram blogger circle and all votes were for Benjamin Moore, Hale Navy. The Hubs thought it was going to be too dark and look black, but it turned out sooooooo well. Also, the hardware store had a paint isle catastrophe/avalanche so the Benjamin Moore paint was all discounted because the cans were dented and splattered in the fall. I scored a gallon of satin in the Aura line for the price of Regal. Such a good deal. I could definitely tell the difference when I was painting. I did not use a primer and only had to do one coat! This is insane considering I was painting navy blue over a white wall.


I picked the mirror up at a local consignment shop, and refreshed it with gold leaf. Pretty good find for $40.

Art Work:

The prints and paintings are all from flea markets or thrift stores. We picked up the bird prints at an antique flea market in Belgium this autumn.

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So what do you think? I don’t have a real camera, so I’m shooting with my iPhone. It does make it difficult to get good shots when it’s really sunny, or very cloudy. During this time of year, it’s one or the other so I opted for sunny. I still need to make drapes ( silk…..not sure of the color yet) and hang a few more pictures…..and the ceiling needs to be replastered and the baseboards need to be stripped and stained. So, it’s you know, at 80% done. Just where I like to leave a project before I start a new one 🙂 .


2 Comments leave one →
  1. January 23, 2014 11:00 AM

    BEAUTIFUL. This is the direction I want to go with for our dining room, too, although it won’t actually be a dining room and more of a sitting room.

  2. January 23, 2014 12:32 AM

    Damn Rachel! It turned out BEAUTIFULLY! I thought the navy would be a tad too dark as well, but with all your sparkly stuff (mirror, frames, chandelier, soco…) it really brightens it up. Gorgeous.

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