Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Dining Room Bump Up - Day 1

I like this room. 
It's just fine (like the "I'm fine" I say to my husband 
sometimes when "I'm not") but I think it needs a little tweaking.
For the next week or so I'm going to make this my project.

First, this curio cabinet.  My husband gave it to me last Christmas.  He'd have given me anything I wanted to house the  
crystal that belonged to his grandmother.
I wanted an antique but I never found anything that would fit 
so this is what I ended up with.  It's nice, it's just a little 
"cookie cutter" for me.  Do I paint it? I already have 
one painted piece in the room but, maybe.  I am tempted.  
But, for now I'm going to try something a little less drastic 
and line the inside with paper for starters.  

Here's the before.....
Here's the paper...
I think fabric would have worked as well.
And the after.....

I love the paper.  It's scrapbook paper I attached 
with spray adhesive.  I've used this type of paper before (a different pattern) and I liked the look there as well.  

I think it gives this new cabinet I built from pine a 
vintage look and I like vintage... 


Tomorrow, I think I'll tackle this bare chain on the chandelier.

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  1. I'm cheap, too, sugar, and did the same thing with scrapbook paper to a small shelf in my office and the inexpensive china cabinet I have. Worked out very well, chick! I really do like your dining room.

  2. What a simple and inexpensive face lift! I like the framed print hanging in the background. A lot. The light turned on makes a world of difference too. Nice job.

  3. Your room is wonderful and the paper in the back of the cabinet is perfect. I wouldn't paint it, I really like the paper. Your cow picture is fabulous. I have been looking for one and no where to be found. Gorgeous. Hugs, Marty

  4. I think that is a beatiful compliment to the cabinet itself. You picture looks great in there too. I would have a hard time painting that beautiful piece...I know lots of gals would paint it...but I think, for this piece, I would hesitate to paint. Lovely! Diana

  5. Looks great...I love doing this it adds so much without looking over-done. I did it in my kitchen cabinets. I also like using mirrors inside shelves...something I am thinking of for the bookshelves in my family room project. Now, what on the ceiling - love decorating ceilings!

  6. I love the cabinet just like it is! The wood is beautiful and I love the paper you added, you should leave it the wood that it is I think its BEAUTIFUL!

  7. Love your fantastic idea about using the scrapbook paper! I will have to "steal" that one! Thanks for sharing!

    I am a new follower~hope you can stop by and say hello

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    I am giving a Halloween apron away to one of my followers. Thanks Terry

  9. Love love love the paper in your china cabinet. what a great idea. now im thinking of how many cabinets and bookshelves I can spruce up!! thanks so much for stopping by my blog Im so happy to have found you and cant wait to go threw your older posts.

  10. The cabinet looks fabulous with the paper lining the insides. Your post really made me chuckle because many years ago my husband went through a GREAT DEAL OF EFFORT to purchase a curio cabinet for me. I expressed a desire to own one (but I meant a beautiful antique one) and he went out and purchased me one from a local furniture store. Not even as nice as yours. I have lived with it for years, not wanting to hurt his feelings. He even had it stored at a neighbours until it was time for my birthday. And to this day, it still graces my diningroom - although it has been painted white (still not so good)! Have a great day!

  11. The cabinet looks so awesome after the instant upgrades of the picture and the paper! Well done.


  12. Hello, Howdy, Hi I am a new follower. I would love for you to follow me also.

  13. The curio looks great with the paper backing. I love reading about the projects you tackle. Your blog inspires me daily to try new decorating projects that I would have been terrified of before. I recently purchased a 'new' hutch from Craigslist (for a bargain of $65 :oD ) and I might put a wallpaper backing in it now. Thanks for the great idea!

  14. Love it Lindy! You could also try burlap in a bookcase to give it a little texture. I did that in my jewelry area in my walk in closet.
    I love your curio cabinet!

  15. Lindy, I love the scrapbook paper in the cabinet! Great idea!! Can't wait to see what you do with the rest of the room!

  16. The change adding paper to you cabinet made was amazing...I often wish I could just paint everything and it would look nice,then I remember the hours I spent stripping the paint of my kitchen cupboards so I could expose the beautiful wood paint or not...?
    I really enjoy the way you added flowers to your fall table cloth and in an older post to the throw pillow. The flowers have a dramatically simple (oxymoron?) effect.
    I'm your newest follower from Buss on by Thursday...hope you can stop by for a visit!
    Thanks, Becky Jane
    Raising kids can be a lot like weeding the rose bed...well worth it, but...OUCH!

  17. I love the way the scrapbook paper makes everything pop! You did a great job! I really like your dining room but I know what you mean about wanting to spruce things up. You might want to consider adding some magnetic bling to your light fixture - I just did that on mine and posted about it on my blog ( It is really a lot of impact for only a few dollars to do.

    Thanks for sharing your ideas - I need all the inspiration I can get for my house!!


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    Hey, you all have to hop over to Jennifer's blog (see above comment) and check out those neat magnetic crystals she's showing off there!!!!!! Thanks Jennifer, for the info. I love them.

  19. darling blog. i'm a new follower.

  20. What a pretty room and a great furniture project! Thanks for linking up to the Under $100 Linky Party!

  21. Funny, but I thought the first image of your dining room did look fine. LOL Then when I saw your curio, the first thought was, 'That would like nice with a contrasting background.' And lo and behold, that's what you decided to do.

    Thanks for linking your beautiful transformation to my party. I would love to have you join one, or all three, of my linky parties each week.

    Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage

  22. Love it! I lined the back of mine with fabric and used the spray adhesive to attach it. When I want to change it I just pull it down, easy as pie!

    This looks SO pretty and I love the picture in there! What an awesome idea!

    Lou Cinda :)

  23. i love the paper- it really softens the look. thanks for sharing at my party! btw- your whole dining room is gorgeous!


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