Tag Archives: Dining room

Dining Room Updates

6 Jun

Slow progress, as promised. It wasn’t an intentional makeover or a quick redecoration done in a weekend. I hardly noticed it changed, until I was updating the home tour page for another room and realized the dining room IRL didn’t mirror the dining room on the blog.

Dining Room with Copper Mirror Gusto and Grace Blog

One weekend, we painted the ceiling, another weekend, the walls. I gradually added plates to the collection over the curio, and got new glasses to fill it. I picked up a book here and some containers there and eventually styled the alphabet chest. At some point, I gilded the mirror’s frame. It seems like forever ago that I spray-painted the chandelier my coworker discarded and moved the picture frames that used to hang above my stairway. I can’t even pinpoint when I turned the table (cue Adele) 45 degrees.

Astier de Villatte Paris Large Adelaide Bowl

Green and Copper Dining Room

Just as a reminder, here is what the dining room looked like when I photographed it last. Woah!

Zebra Cowhide Rug White and Black Dining Room

Proof. Small steps toward the vision make a big difference.

For more inspiration, check out my H is for Home Pinterest Board!

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A DIY I Didn’t Do Myself: Crown Moulding

11 Jul

I finally crossed one of the big items off the to-do short list I made for the home earlier this year. When some of my family came to visit in June, they brought power tools and helped around our home.

My stepdad, husband, and brother-in-law hung crown moulding in our dining room and kitchen. I really expected to have more of a hand in that, but the guys were doing such a great job, so my mom, sister and I worked on smaller projects: hemming curtains, re-painting wall art, and hanging pictures.

It was an enormous blessing and I really enjoyed having their company and assistance for a few looming projects.

This corner is my first or second favorite of the whole house. If you notice, I’ve even added a few more plates since last week.

Green Dining Room Crown Moulding

The kitchen hasn’t been seen on the blog in awhile. I think the last time was just after we painted the cabinets. Nothing has changed at all. Someday I won’t have floor tiles as my backsplash, but this blog focuses on celebrating progress, not just completion.

I should have taken the time to pull the tripod out of the closet, so you don’t get the vantage point of a 5’4″ woman. There really is about a foot between the cabinets and the ceiling. Next time.

Kitchen Crown Moulding

This next shot makes the beige walls blare, but I haven’t been inspired by any paint colors or wall coverings for this whack space where three rooms share walls.

I think this hallway is particularly camera shy, as it has never shown its face on the web, but it wears the chunky 5 1/4 inch crown moulding proudly.

Hallway Crown Moulding

Shhh! Don’t tell my husband that now the baseboards have been crying out to compete…

Thanks for reading,

♥ Dominique

 

Green Striped Archway

6 Sep

Let me start by giving all creative credit to Katrina via Young House Love. I  fell in love with her striped kitchen pass through. A month later, I was sitting on the couch and looked over at this blank archway between our dining and living rooms.

Dining Room Decorating Details www.gustoandgraceblog.com

What I saw weeks earlier came back to my mind. Almost immediately, I grabbed leftover paint from my ombre barstool project, measured and taped off 4 inch stripes and got to work. What a huge impact a little pattern and color makes! I think Greek key pattern would also be awesome.

Green Striped Archway www.gustoandgraceblog.com

In July Anthony and I finally hung curtains of the proper length, purchased the retro looking mint curio that saves us lots of cabinet space, and hung the collection of green plates on the wall.

Green Striped Archway www.gustoandgrace.com

Future visions for the dining room include crown molding, and a Martha Stewart inspired coffee station featuring my espresso machine the currently resides on the top shelf of the pantry, a collection of jadeite mugs I have yet to own, and a french bottle drying rack.

What are some of your sources for pattern and color inspiration? Do you have any copycat designs in your home?

I hope your Friday is going swimmingly!

Playing House: DIY Ombre Barstools

7 Jun

Like just about every nook in our house, our kitchen/dining room is undergoing a slow makeover. The dining set replacement and reupholstery did wonders, but the room was still bare and colorless.

In the market for barstools, our search was not as fruitful as we had hoped. Anthony and I wanted backs on our barstools, but liked the look and style of most backless ones more. I have been swooning over barstool benches but after seeing their hefty price tag, we both agreed if we were going to spend that much dough, we would rather have a  new couch.

While perusing Target, I pitched an off-handed idea to the husband after eyeing these snoring things:

Gusto and Grace Boring Barstool

The pitch: What if we bought three of those cheap-Os and painted each one a different shade of green? He did not even harass me for saying we can paint anything this time! His response: Let’s do it.

Green? Because my absolute favorite piece of our furniture sits in our dining room and it is (partially) green.

Gusto and Grace Alphabet Chest

The alphabet chest is amazing for kitchen organization. D is for Dishcloths, M is for measuring cups, N is for Napkins, T is for Towels. OCD much?

The same night, we loaded up three barstools in our car and within a week, this:

Gusto and Grace Bar Before

Turned into this:

Gusto and Grace Bar Makeover

The pot rack was a wedding present from our registry and we picked up the EAT from Target.

The ombre effect is what I was going for. If you’re going to try this at home, here’s what I learned:

1. Spray paint comes in very limited colors (Lowes, Michaels, and Wal-Mart have the widest selections).

2. Spray painting is the easiest way to achieve a smooth even coat.

I painted two with spray paint in the closest colors I could find to what I wanted (emerald and mint) and hand painted the middle one with Valspar’s Pine Green and a brush.

Now I am on the hunt for some curtains to hang on the swing arm curtain rods we got awhile ago. We also ordered new kitchen cabinet pulls to spruce up the area even more.

I see some jadeite in my future…

The Big Reveal

1 Feb

Remember these chairs? The ones Anthony’s parents gave us when they were moving out of the house he grew up in? My mom and I (but mostly my mom), gave them a makeover! I will be delivering a few of them to Austin this weekend and setting up the dining room in my soon-to-be home. Finally, the big reveal!

GustoandGrace-Recovered-Dining-Chairs

I purchased the fabric from Hobby Lobby, nothing fancy. I spent somewhere around $35 to recover all six chairs. My mom has recovered many a chair, so I helped remove all the staples, cut out the patterns and did my best to reassemble the seat cushions, but left the complex seat backs completely up to the pro.

Until next month, the dining room will still be a hybrid storage room, but I do not think I will be able to keep from sitting on our “new” chairs. For now, my old bed is in the middle of the dining room floor, awaiting the move-out of Anthony’s roommates. Anthony jokes that if you’re in a food coma after you eat, you can just fall out of your chair into bed. He makes me giggle.

Post honeymoon, I plan to blog a series of posts about “playing house,” complete with before and after pictures. Soon enough, our dining room will be a dining room and my old bed will be a snugly place (in a room of its own) for guests. I am excited to make the Austin house homey.

Chair-ity Project

29 Jun

I hate my boyfriends dining room set. I don’t even think hate is a strong enough word. I tell him how ugly it is at least once a week. Last weekend his parent’s moved and bestowed upon him a small antique dining set. Much to my chagrin, he initially brushed off the offer saying he didn’t like chairs any better than his current ones.  After picking my jaw up off the floor, I said “He’ll take ’em!” The fact of the matter is that the chairs from the antique set have a very 80’s hunter, burgundy and gold striped fabric on them. It by no means compliments the dark wood. I might even agree with him. They aren’t much, if any, better looking than the chairs that sit in his dining room now. BUT, the beauty of them lies in their potential, which I recruited my handy and talented mom to help me bring out.

This is what he currently has:

Here is the before:

Not cute, right? But when I look at them I envision linen covered cushions and I can’t help but get excited. Think: Restoration Hardware meets antique boutique. Stay tuned for the after!

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