Revealing the Modern French Country Dining Room, after 6 long weeks of design updates!
The REVEAL is here and I am SO happy to be finished and sharing it with you! This has been an emotional makeover for sure.
Trying to makeover a room, when really nothing was wrong with it, has been trying to say the least.
Make a pretty room even prettier and coordinate with the ENTIRE downstairs?
No pressure…here is the room “before” and the planned changes.
The color story and inspiration
Unconventional Furniture Layout
Unconventional because I am not using the upholstered chairs at the end of the table, but in the middle.
Plus I replaced a FOREVER dying plant in the corner with a much better option – a BAR CART!
3 Times a Charm
A few challenges presented themselves in this 6 week journey that made crossing the finish line that much sweeter.
“3 times a charm” is what we will call this room!
You know what that means? I failed a couple of times 🙂 It’s hard to get something perfect right out of the gate!
What took 3 attempts to get the design right:
- Paint colors
- Floral arrangements
- Photography (yep)
- 2.5 mirrors, which rounds up to 3!
Luckily, I financially recovered most of my loses and found new ways to sell things when I decide to redecorate another room.
Plus I had no idea how much I loved making floral arrangements! Another creative outlet – YES.
What I Learned Through this Design Challenge
Once I finish a project or really anything in life, I love to reflect on what worked and what didn’t.
What can I improve the next time and what can I learn from struggles or mistakes?
This is what stood out the most:
- Going too far outside of my norm brought me right back to what I love. Sooo I need to stick with my normal style in my own home 🙂
- Just because something is brand new doesn’t mean you can’t modify it to make it work in the room.
- If you can’t find what you love “off the shelf” have it made!
- Pictures do tell a 1,000 words and taking pictures helped me see my mistakes.
That led me to a few additional projects to get exactly the look I wanted:
- Antiqued the new dining room table
- Spray painted the new artwork floater frame
- Recovered Chinese Chippendale chair seats
- Created a custom faux orchid arrangement
- Custom made drapery panels and pillows
- Chalk paint and color wash the credenza
- Designing identical plate displays for artwork
Time to get to the good stuff and why you are really here 🙂 Let’s see how it all turned out…and if I nailed the “little bit Modern French Country, little bit Paris Apartment” vibe that I was inspired to create.
The design is very tone on tone in shades of blue, for a serene and calm feeling.
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Credenza paint Makeover
Let’s start with the credenza because that was the ONE piece of furniture I kept in place and didn’t replace, but it got a MAJOR makeover.
After being inspired by both Swedish and French painted furniture in shades of blue, I decided that this piece would embrace a similar look.
Painting it with chalk paint was easy, but that first stroke of paint made me a little sick to my stomach.
I’m SO happy with it turned out and now is the centerpiece of the room.
Mirror: Round Wall Mirror
Similar Chandelier: Gold Empire 6 Light
The most exciting piece that I LOVE even more than the credenza is the orchid arrangement!
I’ve NEVER made a floral arrangement and was so happy with how it turned out – it’s the wow factor I needed on the credenza.
After trying little pieces: framed artwork propped, books, Eiffel towers, orbs, etc. the orchids won by a LONG shot.
The room needed a substantial decor accent piece with color at the end of the room.
Next, are the most gorgeous pearl lamps that are très chic!
The lamps offer a little different texture plus they complement all of the other finishes in the room.
The acrylic base makes them look like they are floating and reflect the glass beads in the chandelier design.
Similar Lamps: Gourd Lamps
Linen Shades: Ballard Designs, Classic Tapered Shade
A necessity – the gorgeous new pedestal dining room table.
I can finally seat 8 people for dinner and as I stated from the beginning this makeover was about “setting the table for a bigger life!”
When it first arrived, it had too much of a coastal “white wash” feel so I ended up antiquing it with light brown Briwax.
The table is now warm and rich in tone against the rest of the cool colors in the room.
Pedestal Table: Ballard Designs, Chianni
Credenza Planter: Large White Ceramic
Table Planter: Small White Ceramic
The natural sisal rug is the perfect backdrop and seamlessly blends into the decor, which I found was very important to me!
New Chinese Chippendale Chairs
Yes, chinoiserie chic at it’s finest! Chinoiserie is a French term for “Chinese-esque” or “imitation of Chinese motifs”. A style turned popular in the 18th century.
Europeans became fascinated by the Far East and bamboo furniture that came from the region.
European and English craftsmen took the bamboo inspiration and interpreted into classic Chippendale chairs.
I love how the open back let’s you see the gorgeous credenza versus being blocked by an upholstered chair.
They originally were a neutral fabric and I recovered them in an Oasis Velvet for a more luxurious look.
Chinese Chippendale Arm Chair: Ballard Designs, Dayna Arm Chair
Chippendale Chair: Ballard Designs, Dayna Side Chair
Upholstery Fabric: Oasis Velvet
Comfort is king in my home, so it is nice to have chairs fit for a king and queen.
In reality, my son and I will use these chairs and my parents will be at the head of the table.
The nail head detail is the perfect accent to pull out the neutral colors in the fabric and the gold metallic accents in the room.
Mick is particularly fond of the new comfy chairs and the view out of the window 🙂
Oasis velvet lumbar pillows pick up the same fabric as on the Chinese Chippendale chairs to pull that color throughout the room.
The “Dancer” painting is a long time love that I wanted to use because it is the visual of how I felt as a dancer performing on stage long ago.
Wing Chairs: Ballard Designs, Cortina Chair
Upholstery Fabric: Keswick Blue
Wall and Wainscoting Paint: Valspar, Sea Salt Blue CI 191
Credenza Base Paint: Valspar, Sharkfin 4007-2A with a custom color wash over the top
tone on tone Custom Drapery Panels
To me the drapes are a miracle! How I found a fabric, in the look I wanted, and an almost dead match to the wall color is surreal.
Without time to approve a dye lot cut, I had to say a prayer they would be just as gorgeous as the sample.
Luckily, they WOWED me! They are the perfect Paris apartment feel using a sumptuous satin fabric evoking a more sophisticated look.
Because they were custom I was able to make them to hang at the correct height.
The last set of drapes were a measuring mistake and sat on the window moulding, so now the drapery adds height to the room.
The new gold drapery hardware is nice upgrade to what was there previously.
Drapery Hardware: Urbanest, Renaissance Gold
Drapery Fabric: Magnolia fabric in polyester satin called LUBNA in the color Sea
This was the ONLY thing that went off without issue hmmmm. To say I needed partake in pouring from one of those decanters from time to time is no lie!
So many do overs in this room will stress a woman out!
Previously this corner was nothing to look at, with a plant that always died. It is a MUCH better use for this space and appropriate for a dining room.
I love the gold and blue tassel detail adding a little French flair.
The new abstract artwork pulls together not only colors in the room, but throughout the downstairs too!
A little spray paint made the frame the “right” shade of gold not only for the room, but the artwork too.
Bar Cart: Similar Bar Cart
Abstract Art: Ballard Designs, A Delicate Mind
Wall Plates for Interest
If you’ve followed this makeover from the beginning, you KNOW I’ve had a hard time finding artwork for the main wall.
It’s all been a blessing in disguise and I LOVE the look and feel of the plates on the wall.
What is really fun is that I can change them out seasonally to create a whole new look or even expand the layout.
A “patience trying” project, but worth the result!
After living without artwork for the past 8 years, I love having something to look at now 🙂
Do you feel a little bit French Country and a little bit Paris Apartment after walking through the room?
I hope you love the makeover as much as I do and feel inspired to tackle your own room in the Fall! Hmmm what space will be next at my house???
Thanks to my Mom for the many panicked “pick up the phone please” texts, “FaceTime me now” pleas, talks off the ledge during disasters, and her eagle eye!
Thanks to Theresa for evaluating my reveal photo to make it perfect and to my friend George for moral and physical support installing 3 rugs!
Also, what is SO fun about being part of the One Room Challenge is meeting other bloggers and designers who share the same passion.
Thanks to perfect strangers and friends who commented in the middle of the night and cheered me on through Instagram and Facebook. I appreciated it so much – especially as things got tough!
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Off to rest and recover!
I have a little getaway planned and can’t wait to celebrate the completion of this design project with those that I love.
Off to Milan and Zurich I go and get more ideas for future room makeover projects!
Until next time…