The French plaque (about $20) and the wooden tote boxes (the set was $32) came from Antique Farmhouse. If you aren’t familiar with Antique Farmhouse, the way it works is that they have just a few deals each week. When those are sold, they are gone, so if you see it, and you like it… BUY it. The prices are discounted, so it’s like a TJ Maxx online. I don’t make any money if you buy from Antique Farmhouse, so I’m just sharing a great source.
The angel was stuck in a corner upstairs, so it was fun to bring her downstairs.
When I sold my old chairs, and bought my new French chairs, click here to see post, I had some extra money left, so I bought an armoire for my daugther’s room. To make room for the armoire, this piece came downstairs to the dining room. It was originally a bar, but I used in upstairs to hide a TV. Now it is being used to hold dishes and linens.
I bought this original oil painting years ago, and it was a major splurge. The dealer told me it was from Europe, but didn’t know a lot more about it. It reminded me of my two girls. When my youngest saw it, she said, “Mommy, that’s you and me.” I smiled, and said, “That’s right Dear,” no need to spoil a sweet moment.
It is a pretty large painting and takes up most of the wall.
These soft creamy roses added a nice touch to the room I thought.
Here’s another before of the room.
To see the French face-lift for my dining room part I, click here.
I just love my new room. And even though the chairs and just a few other things were changed, it feels totally different for me. Total cost of redo – $300 for the chairs and $50 for the tote boxes and French plaque. But when you consider my old chairs sold for $1200, you could say I made money on the deal. Don’t ask what I paid for the old chairs originally, because friends don’t ask those kinds of questions. That’s like asking me what I spilled on my shirt. It’s best to just pretend that you didn’t see anything. It just works better that way. And by the way, you look marvelous!! Again, let’s not ruin things by asking how I know, I just do.
Janette - The2Seasons says
Erika Marsh says
I love it all! the inside shutters and your new chairs…every bit of it is beautiful! We’d love it if you’d share this at our link party – Home is Where the Heart is! http://www.homesteadsimple.com/home-is-where-the-heart-is-link-it-up-wednesdays-1/
Elizabeth (Blue Clear Sky) says
Your room is lovely. The new chairs are gorgeous and the china hutch is so very very pretty. Can you guess I like the look? 😉
You are so funny.Yes it is better not to ask questions.Your dining room is beautiful!!!!!! What do did for little money is amazing.I would be smiling every single time I walked in it!It looked beautiful before and you just kicked it up several notches!
It’s absolutely gorgeous! Love everything about it!!! and those shutters are to die for…
Charm Bracelet Diva says
A deal? That’s an understatement! Good for you. And I LOVE the new chairs (surprise) and the painting. I’ve never been able to commit to serious artwork, guess my taste has changed too much over the years….love it all, I’m sure you’ll enjoy it!
marty (A Stroll Thru Life) says
Your dining room is wonderful I love everything. Hugs, Marty
Yvonne @ StoneGable says
You have really freshened and lightened things up in your gorgeous dining room! I think your daughter’s comment is just the sweetest thing!!! Precious!
I love how light and airy your dining room seems now. It was pretty before but the new chairs really brighten it up. Think of the old chairs as an investment that didn’t pan out. Hey, a lot of stocks loose money every day, right?
Sooner Laura says
So lovely! Thanks for the great resource. I will definitely check out Antique Farmhouse!
Betsy@ coastal-colors says
Just lovely, Anita! You have such a gift for decorating! Your photos are also so pretty! I love Antique Farmhouse!
Debra @ Common Ground says
You know I just love this room! the indoor shutters are a favorite of mine!
Jennifer @ Town and Country Living says
Looks great, Anita. Love your French finds. Oh, no need to ask what I’ve spilled on my shirt. Just assume it’s something chocolate. 🙂
Anita, your new chairs give the dining room a whole new look. It’s fantastic! How nice to have those full length windows to fill this room with natural light.
Vickie @ Ranger 911 says
I like the way you think. It all sounds perfectly reasonable to me!
Amazing what a few small changes can do for a room. Love it!
Tracey@Breathing English Air says
It is a really beautiful room, Anita. Your oil painting is delightful, but I think your daughter’s comment makes it even more so.
Love those totes, they are giving me an idea for something I picked up the other day!
Korrie Bastian says
The room looks beautiful! And you DO look marvelous 😉
On Crooked Creek says
Love shopping the house for new home decor pieces! The “upstairs” cabinet looks fabulous in the dining room. Adore the vignette with the angel! I agree, the painting looks like a mother and daughter …on Cedar Hill Ranch!
Light, bright, fresh…a marvelous transformation!!!
Keeping it Cozy says
It’s gorgeous, Anita! I love the chairs and that painting is just beautiful.
LOL! Thank you Miss Manners! And your dining room look fabulous! I love the painting and the sweet story behind it.:)
Frazzled Mom of Five says
Super excited I found your blog! Love it already! Newest Follower!
hugs, jen @ f5
Designs By Pinky says
I really like the piece from upstairs in the dining room and LOVE the new chairs. They DO make the whole room look different. I will have to check out Antique Farmhouse. Thanks! XO, Pinky
Wow, Anita, your DR looks sooo Frenchie-fied! I’m loving the angel and your new the wooden totes…ooh la la!!
Sharing Shadymont says
Your dining room is just lovely! So elegant!!!
Kathryn Ferguson Griffin says
Well, it is just lovely! Beautiful job in the dining room. So bright and refreshing. Thank you for sharing. Visiting from 2805. Would love it if you would share this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. http://thededicatedhouse.blogspot.com/2012/07/make-it-pretty-monday-week-6.html Wishing you a grand weekend. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse
I love your new dining room, everything looks wonderful. All that for $300 good deal esp. with the chairs. Kathy
Honey at 2805 says
The room is gorgeous, Anita! Love all the changes!
Thanks for sharing at Potpourri Friday!
Honey at 2805 says
You are featured today at Potpourri Friday!
Katherines Corner says
Sweet Anita, this is beautiful! you did such a wonderful and thrifty job. Love it sooo much xo
Kathryn Ferguson Griffin says
Thank you so much for sharing this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see your prettiness again on Monday. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse
Erika Marsh says
I just wanted to stop by and say Thank you for linking up to “Home is Where the Heart is” Our link party is a great one because of you! We’d love to have you link up this week too! The party is open now! http://www.homesteadsimple.com/home-is-where-the-heart-is-link-it-up-wednesdays-4/
You’ve been featured! 🙂
Hi. I love your dining room and especially the chairs. I share your obsession and I am currently on the hunt for new dining chairs. I would paint them , but hubby is strongly against it. He really gives me a lot of liberty otherwise. Hmm, what to do? Hopefully the universe will bring me the answer. Meanwhile, I will pin yours and gaze at them from time to time. Thanks for sharing your lovely home!