January 20, 2010

Dazzling, Divine, Dining Room Do-Over

Don't freak out!!
This is not the finished product. I bought this baby at Goodwill in Maryland 9 yrs ago for $10. The top was ruined so I refinished the bottom and and marbled the top. It worked then- for the room I needed it in, not so much now.
3 moves later it is in need of some TLC and a face lift.
A coat of white paint would do the trick.

It was built in the 60's and made so well, with such beautiful lines. I wanted it in my entry at first but then I had a miracle take place. I found a brand new Broyhill buffet topper at a discount furniture place for $50- I crossed my fingers, prayed a little and hoped it would fit.

This is the dining room where it would reside before I went to work on it.
So cold, so blahhhhhhh.

And here it is after...

The topper fit like a GLOVE, a glove I tell ya. Like they were long lost lovers reunited!!

This light was on clearance at Lowe's for oh just $30 BUCKS!! I traded out some photography with a friend who wired it up for me. Some holly wrapped around just made it pop for the holidays.

My white tin ceiling tiles with mirrors glued in the middle, off set the other side of the room perfectly. Clearance wreath $ 9-used as a centerpiece with a candelabra I found at a consignment sale for $1.

No, my tree is not still up, that's just how behind on posts I am. ;-)

Inside the buffet I kept a green and white theme going. Most things I already had and just added a few bits and bobs.

This was a simple idea that was really stunning. Christmas bobbles set on some moss and placed under a cloche.

Most of the white dishes came from Goodwill for like .20 cents except for the crown ones.

Such a cheap and beautiful makeover if I do say so myself.
Work with what you have when designing.

Now I just need to find my curtains. I want to find ones exactly like the ones in
"The Sound Of Music".
Remember, the ones Maria cut up to make play clothes?
I'm not having much luck...

xo Emily xo


Kristina P. said...

Your house is like something out of a movie!

Emily Anne Leyland said...

HAhaha well that makes me happy!! Thank you so much!

Deedra said...

You're so amazing. You certainly have got the knack! You should do staging or interior decorating, or something. You'd make a killing!!

Joanne said...

Wow, Emily. I am so impressed. I still haven't put up my everyday decor after Christmas. I need to get busy and put my house back together. Too bad you're so far away, I could use your help. Nice job on the dining room! Aunt Joanne

Lynn Barbadora said...


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Lovers reunited, ain't that the truth! Gorgeous also is a fitting description. Mmmm. You've got taste, girl!

Lisa B. said...

Well, you'll have to add 'interior decorating' to your growing list of talents!! I'm drooling, seriously, over your dining room!!!! Stunning!!!


Mme. Kara said...

This is totally magazine worthy, Emily! I could go on about this room!

Darci said...

What a deal finder you are! I sure wish the creativity and genius was genetic. Stunning work lady!

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Natalia said...

I. Love it.

Unknown said...

Ooh Wow so bright and cheerful!!!!! Beautiful home!!!

The Haley Family said...

AH-MAY-ZING lady! I have nothing on your talent! LOVE IT!

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