Sunday, April 19, 2009

Traditional Dining Room

Hello Everyone!
It's time for Metamorphosis Monday.
It's hosted by Susan at Between Naps On The Porch.
In March of 06' we moved in our newly built home.
It was so exciting to start the decorating process.
All the pictures are clickable.
This is our formal dining room before paint.
I cannot tell you enough how important I think color
and paint are to a space. It's amazing what it can do.
After my paint color choices.
The deep Gold is called Chicory and
Cooper Molero Fandango Red is the warm red.
They both came from Lowes and are no longer in stock.
I checked yesterday since I knew I was going to post this.
Paint colors come and go over the years it seems.
The table before any decor' and accents were added.
A rug, runner, candles and florals were added.
Here you can really see the paint colors divided by the chair rail.
I have been asked if we installed the rail and flooring.
It came standard with our floorplan along with the hardwoods.
The table is from Ebay. The lamps are from Lamps Plus.
All the accessories and mirror are from Kirklands. Our chandelier is made by Quorum.
It's from the Coronado collection.
I like the look of detaled ceiling medallions.
I bought it at Lowes and it was $20.
Don't forget to paint your ceilings.
This color is called Applesauce Cake. Here's a before and after of our china cabinet.
This past week I figured out it had built in plate rails.
It only took me three years to notice them.
Isn't it funny what's right under our noses sometimes?
Have a wonderful week!

106 comments:

Dawn said...

Hey Melissa! What a great transformation! You have a beautiful dining room!

Hugs from Eventually Cottage!

Terrie's Lil' Piece of Serenity said...

Melissa, I am so glad you posted this. The difference is amazing. I love your paint choices. Your furniture and accessories are beautiful. Assessories are the icing on the cake. Great job!
Hugs, Terrie

Welcome! said...

You have such a beautiful dining room! What a difference paint makes. Very pretty!
Sandra

marty39 said...

Melissa, you have such a keen eye for color and your dining room really shows it. I love that you always pay such close attention to detail. The ceiling medallion and all the other accessories just bring the room to life. Such a stunning room. Hugs, Marty

Michelle@Fromhousetohome said...

Hi Melissa,
What a great before and after! Your paint color choices are just perfect for the room. And that ceiling is gorgeous! I had to crack up about the plate rails, it took me a year to realize mine had an indent in the glass shelf meant for plates. So you are not alone!

I hope you had a wonderful weekend.
~Michelle

prof en retraite said...

Hi Melissa! I love your dining room! It's amazing what a huge difference a color change can make! And your ceiling is just gorgeous!! Have a great week..hugs...Debbie

Cathy said...

Meliisa,
I left a little something for you on my blog...stop by when you get a chance and check it out!!!

Have a wonderful day!!!
XOXO
Cathy

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Hi Melissa, your dining room is lovely...the colors are warm and charming.

Thanks for your visit to Bella Vista. Please come back soon...you are always welcome.

Barb

The Muse said...

Hi my Ms Melissa...well I have ooo~ed and ahhh~ed...so much so, I am quite out of breath!


You have a space to be most proud of in your hard work...anyone would love to be a dinner guest!

Debbie said...

Melissa, What a difference when you put color on your walls. Great choice on the color too. Wonderful transformation. Debbie

kimmcl said...

I know I've said this before Melissa, but I'm gonna say it again - you have such a knack for decorating. So much style and a good sense of color. Very beautiful.
Kim

The Stylish House said...

Melissa,
This is a WOW in the first degree, beautiful job! The paint is warm, classy and draws you in. The round mirror gives the space movement and breaks up the vertical lines. Question, did you paint the ceiling medallion? I have one, but have left it white, I go back and forth. Great post, doesn’t get better then this. ~Cathy~

mishebe said...

Very pretty room. Great job Girlfriend! Mishelle

Calming Scents said...

perfect pictures to show exactly what color can do to a room! I love your choices.

Cathy said...

Melissa,
When I stopped by earlier I forgot to comment on your GORGEOUS dining room. You have done an amazing job of decoraring...no detail overlooked!!! I love all the colors you have chosen...beautiful!!!

I have been toying with the idea of painting my dining room ceiling another color and you have pushed me over the edge...paint store here I come!!! I am also going to add a medalion...sooooo lovely!!!

I am so glad I stopped by and gathered so much inspiration...THANKS Melissa!!!

Have a wonderful day!!!
XOXO
Cathy

kathalog.com said...

Hi Melissa,

I really like red in a dining room and I really like how you did the ceiling. Beautiful!

The Bliss Journey said...

Your dining room is beautiful. I used alot of those colors with my clients in Pa. Thanks for sharing.
Kathleen

Daphine said...

Absolutely beautiful! I LOVE the colors! Seriously, I have to know...did you take decorating class or something?? You have such a nice and classy decorating taste. Soooooooooooooo wished you lived next door. lol!

Susan said...

I love a red dining room! I even have one!

Kammy said...

Wow Melissa ! Did you do all the painting yourself ? Color makes
such a big statement ! My husband
is afraid of color but....I am working on him ! Hugs ~ Kammy

susan said...

Melissa-Your dining room is beautiful--almost the same colors as mine :) Those scroll lamps are so different and look great. Love it all!

Suzann @ Lavender and Roses said...

stunning!

Nicole ~ said...

Hey Melissa, I hope you have had a wonderful weekend. I just cannot believe how fast it flew by!!

Your dining room transformation is so beautiful. You made such nice paint choices, and all of your accents are gorgeous. I love how the ceiling medallion adds so much pizzazz to the already beautiful light fixture. You did such a wonderful job.

I hope you have a great week, Nicole

xinex said...

I've always loved your dining room, Melissa! And yes, the wall colors made a big difference and great job on accessorizing.....Christine

Barb @ GritsandGlamour said...

Melissa - I just came from Pat;s, and was declaring to her how I loved "The Power of Paint." Isn't it amazing what COLOR will do. Your room is so elegant and classy.
You definitely have an ete for pulling things together. How are you doing my friend? Hope you are well and enjoying some of this warmer weather. Send me an email one day if you need anything. Blessings, Barb

Miss Janice said...

Melissa, I've always loved your dining room...the paint and tabletop treatments made all the difference! Awesome transformation:)

Nancy W said...

Amazing! You have incredible taste! It so makes me wish we were in a newer home with the ceiling feature you have! hugs from Conroe, TX!

Kristens Creations said...

Hi Melissa, What a great transformation! I just love that shade of red with the gold ceiling. My ceilings are all painted the same as my walls. Some day I would love to put up some crown molding and do a different color like yours. Very Pretty!! Kristen

Cynthia said...

Melissa,
What a beautiful transformation! I love the colors, the beautiful chandilier and all your lovely decoratating accents. What a job well done! Cindy

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Melissa, I've always loved your dining room. The wall and ceiling colors are absolute perfection, and that table and chair set is gorgeous. So funny that you had not noticed the plate rails in your cabinet! It sure looks pretty with those plates standing up! laurie

Paula said...

I love the colors of your dining room. It is a truly beautiful room!

Linda said...

Melissa, you really have an eye for color. Your dining room looks like a magazine picture! I love it that you just discovered that your hutch had plate rack shelving - sounds like me : )
Linda

April said...

That paint made a world of difference...really warmed up the entire room! All of your accessories were the perfect finishing touches! Simply stunning!

Tricia Anne said...

Wow! Very beautiful! I love your colors and decor! So rich!
Sincerely ~ Tricia Anne

robinrane said...

That dinning room is stunning!
Robin
All Things Heart and Home

"Blossom" said...

The rich colors are so beautiful.
What a great transformation you did
on this dinning room. The colors
just pop out at you. And all the accessories are amazing with your furniture. Stunning.

Chandy said...

Good morning, your dining room looks great! Great choices! Have a great Monday!

Lisa said...

I have always loved red dining rooms! Your looks beautiful!

Leanne~*~Harvest Moon by the Lake said...

Hi Mellisa,
I just love it when you share pictures of your home...we have simular taste. The colors in the dining room are perfect! So warm and inviting. I like color on the ceiling too. I love the medallion! How did you paint it? I like how it matches your chandelier.
Have a happy Monday,
Leanne

Donna@designson47thstreet said...

Your decorating skills always amaze me! Yes! Paint is a wonderful thing. I love how you've done 2 colors. I let my designer friend talk me out of a chair rail. Now when I see your pictures I wish I had gone for it.

I love the medallion on your ceiling. I really need to look for that at my Lowes.

Great job, as always!

Chari said...

Hello Dearheart...

Just read the sweet note that you left over in my kitchen...Thank you, Sweetie...for all of your complliments! I know, I know...everytime I look at your house...I just giggle at all of the similarities in our choice of colors and design styles! I could walk into your home and be perfectly happy to live there without making any changes!!! Hehe!!! Wanna trade? Hehe!!!

Oooh...so glad that you're showcasing your fabulous dining room for Met Monday!!! It's one of my favorite rooms in your home!!! (I know...I know...I probably say that about every room in your house...hehe!) Loved the "before" photo of the white walls...I'm with you Girl, I just can't believe what a difference that adding paint color to the walls makes! Of course, you've got to know that I love the paint color you chose for your dining room...ahhhh...red & gold! Does it get any better than that? Hehe! I love the chair rails and that gorgeous tray ceiling!!! Your home has some beautiful archectural details!!!

Darlin', you have some of the most beautiful furniture that I've ever seen...absolutely gorgeous! Love your dining room table and hutch...ooooh, and that pretty accent table!!! All of the accessories that you've dressed that room with are fabulous and so perfect!!! You really are a very creative and talented lady, Melissa! You have a "gifted eye" for decorating and design!!!

Have a marvelous Monday, Sweetie!
Love ya,
Chari

KBeau said...

You are right about painting the ceilings. Just makes the crown moulding pop when you paint the ceilings. When I first painted mine, LBeau complained that it made the room too dark. I just kept quiet for a while, and he eventually quit complaining.

Nancy said...

Hi Melissa, I agree with you, paint does make a difference! Your dining room looks gorgeous as does your whole house! Nancy

Carolyn said...

Your dining room looks so warm and cosy now!Great job!
Carolyn

Sharing with Sherri said...

What a difference painting the room made! I need to paint mine too! Can't decide on a color!! The colors you chose look awesome! You have have such great taste! and the the room looks so elegant too!

Sherri:)

Amy said...

I just love your decorating style. The red is just wonderful in your dining room. What a gorgeous change you made to that room. Very nice job! Amy :)

A Hint of Home said...

Your dining room is stunning. Did you put molding in the tray ceiling? I love the look of it and your colors.

Leanne~*~Harvest Moon by the Lake said...

Hi Melissa, Thanks for the info. Most of the medallions I have seen were white and you have to paint them. I hope to get one...soon.
Thanks again,
Leanne

Carisa said...

I bet you have a blast with this room over Christmas! Very rich looking.
Mrs. Petrie @ casapetrie.com

Carol said...

I really like the paint color combination in you dining room! It is very rich & elegant.

Hugs,
Carol

Misti of Studio M Designs said...

I just love all of your decorating details! Always so pretty. I really need to get a few medallions around my light fixtures, but knowing my husband, I will just paint something interesting around them!

I am having my first Mr. Linky party on Thursday, celebrating our childhood bedrooms, I would love to have you there!

~Misti

Musings of the Mrs. said...

Love the ceiling. I wish I had ceilings like that. Not so much in CA. Found you on SITS.

Mary said...

Just beautiful! Everything goes together perfectly, even the ceiling! :O) Mary @ Boogieboard Cottage

Martha said...

Lovely room -- we, too, paint ceilings -- our only white ceiling is in the kitchen! Love the red and gold combination and I also like important chandeliers -- in any room!

Sara's Sweet Surprise said...

Everything blends in so beautifully... with the richness in color and decor. Each accent compliments the next. I enlarged every photo to see it all.
I'm glad I did. There's a lot to behold. It's a stunning difference.

Sweet wishes,
Sara

Cass @ That Old House said...

Wow! Fabulous post -- what an amazing difference the warm and strong colors make in your dining room. I love that red, AND the name of it!

Gorgeous room -- love the round mirror especially; I love unusual mirrors.

I also like the painted ceiling. Colors on a ceiling are great. When we moved here, there were so many color decisions to make, that I just had the ceilings painted slightly off-white. Oh well. Next time!

Thanks for visiting my blog! Cass

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

What a lovely blog you have. Thank you so much for stopping by. I am truely honored by your visit!
There is so much to see and admire here that I will be back often. I am looking forward to getting to know you!
~Love and smiles~
Mona

PAT said...

Gorgeous metamorphosis, Melissa!!!

Shana said...

beautiful !!

Cass @ That Old House said...

Hi Melissa! Don't turn around; there's someone Following you. Ah! It's ME!
:-)
And welcome to That Old House, too!

Cass

Happy To Be said...

GM Melissa...girl your home is to die for..How beautiful can it get...you can see the love that you and hubby have put into this home..You know what they say..Hands build a house...Hearts build a home..You have done that..May you have a great day dear friend...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

The Blonde Duck said...

Please come decorate my house. PLEASE!

Chrissy said...

How come you are always so daring with colour, yet it always works?? I think you just must see it in your head and know it will?!?! Looks awesome my friend!!

Happy To Be said...

Hey sweet Melissa...thanks for coming by and seeing my humble little entryway..I do so love it when you take the time to visit me girl friend...your the best...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Amanda@Imperfectly Beautiful said...

What a gorgeous transformation! I LOVE, love, love that gold color on the botton half of the room. Your home is absolutely beautiful!

Melissa, thank you so much for your order from my etsy shop, and for entering my giveaway. You actually scored yourself FIVE entries! WHoot-whoot! So glad you found me, so that I could find you!

~Amanda

Jules said...

It doesn't even look like the same room. You did an incredible job with the paint and decorating! I love the chair rail with the 2 tones of paint. Such a classy look.

I hope you're having a wonderful Tuesday!

Picket said...

I love color and the difference it made in your room is glorious!..The ceiling treatment is out of this world girl and I have never thought to do medallions but I am seeing alot of them lately...adds so much to the light fixture! Girl I can't believe you hadn't done the plates on the wall thingy yet! lol Ohhhh I wanted so bad to hang my new plates over my black mantle in the living room...but just as I was holding one up on the wall Bill walked in and did the hand over the heart like Fred Sandford having a heart attack....I said 'don't you think these are perfect here!!' He (turning white as a ghost)replied 'Hon..it's the living room...you gotta dishes on every wall in the house...not the living room too!' lol So because I do so adore him I decided to let the living room alone (for now)DID I JUST TYPE THAT! lol lol Your room is gorgeous girl...your whole house is like a beautiful magazine....thanks for coming by and I hope you are having a great week!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

I love the names of your paint colors Melissa! "Fandango Red"sounds so full of life and "Applesause Cake" sounds so yummy.

The paint really makes your dining room so warma nd elegant.

I wish there was a Kirkland store near me -- they seem to have such nice things.

Hugs, Pat

Ashley ~ said...

Your dining room is beautiful* I love your choice of color for the walls and I LOVE your dining room suit*! Just beautiful*!!!

Karen said...

great job! what a difference some color can make! I'll bet you make some great memories in that room now!
I think that is too funny you didn't know about the plate rails. But hey! You do now!
Enjoy! Karen

Christine said...

How pretty! I'd like to have dinner there please...lol

The colors really do change the room...for sure! Not to mention you have a real eye for color.

Victoria@WhimsybyVictoria said...

So elegant and beautiful! Love the medallion above the chandelier adds another great detail! Thank you for stopping by, I love coming by your blog as well!

Hugs to you,
~Victoria~

ann said...

yes it is Melissa.i can't think of a thing right now.but i know there's been many things i have used for yrs that had a feature i dodn't even know about.
yes,i'm with you.i cannot wait to paint the rest of my house.white is nice,but color is nicer.
Roo says hi to the lady he likes..ann

Shelia said...

Hi Melissa! Oh, your dining room is just so beautiful! Your entire home is gorgeous! You have the best decorating taste!
I just had to check in! Thanks for popping in to see me.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Glitter and Bliss said...

How sweet of you to stop by my little blog. I am honored that you are now following along. I love your dining room transformation. Amazing!!!

Chari said...

Hey Girlfriend...

Ohhh my...it's been a busy day for me! I'm ready for a "sit down" break with a big glass of iced tea...and I can't think of anyone that I'd rather share a glass of tea with or anywhere that I would rather be then in your gorgeous dining room!!!

How have you been doing, Sweetie? What have you been up to this week? I just read the sweet note that you left on my gallery wall...hmmm...I was wondering where that little "post it" note came from...at least you color coordinated it with the art! Hehe!!! Thanks so much for all the compliments...you always just make my day!!!

Love ya honey,
Chari

Chari said...

Girl...I'm just a giggling!

When I said that I just read the sweet note that you left on my gallery wall...like you had literally left a note (a post-it note) stuck up there on my wall! I don't know, honey...I told you it had been a long day!!! It sounded much funnier in my head, I guess!!! hehe!!!

Love ya,
Chari

Chari said...

Dearheart...

So sorry that you aren't feeling well...allergies can be sooo miserable but then I guess I don't have to tell you, huh? Saying a prayer for you, Sweetie!!! Get to feeling better...

Love ya,
Chari

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Milissa...your blog is absolutely gorgeous!!! Mouth open here!!! Thank you so much for stopping by and saying hello. WOW...gotta go look around. I came yesterday but the photo's wouldn't come up...so jumped back over tonight..LOVELY!

Envoy-ette said...

You are right about paint! What a difference! Good choice!

Dawn said...

Hey Melissa! Stop over and visit me at Eventually Cottage, I have a surprise for you!

Linda said...

Great job Melissa, you folks have a lovely home and you sure have done alot to it.
Your colors are so me. I still want a red room one day!!
Hope that pilot of yours is well!
Linda

Darlene - Our Creative Life said...

What a difference paint can make!! Love that chandy & medallion!

Connie said...

Beautiful dining room, Melissa !
Color sure make a huge difference and your choice is just perfect. So bright and
cheery, and now your dishes have a new home Bet it feel's like you moved !
Enjoy...

Kristens Creations said...

Hi Melissa, thanks for checking out my laundry room. It was empty forever. I just recently hung the pictures and got a really cute leapard rug the other day. My washer and dryer are old! The washer has been making a noise for 2 yrs. now. I'll just wait until it goes out to get new ones. Just e-mail me sometime about the frames. I do have a few more I need to post. I have just been so darn busy with the yard lately. The patio and fire pit are both built. Kevin took off work Wed. and hauled in 3 tons of crusher dust and sand. It took alot more than he thought! Next is the stone walkway, furniture, and landscaping. That's AFTER we haul off all the dirt!lol....talk to you soon, Kristen

Rue said...

Good morning Melissa :)

Your dining room is beautiful! It truly is amazing what color can do and you created a wonderful place to enjoy a long evening with company at your table or a romantic evening with your husband. VERY nice :)

xo,
rue

The Muse said...

Ms Melissa!
I am dropping by to say hello!
:)Hoping all is well :)
By the way, :) Do you twitter ?

kimmcl said...

Hey Girl! I left you a little somethin' on my blog!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Melissa, this is so lovely! You have such an elegant touch!

XO,

Sheila

Happy To Be said...

GM Sweet Melissa...girl thanks for coming by...and I hope to be able to do the Sunday repost for Chari..I will fool around with it tonight and see if I undersstand it all..I just printed out her directions to follow...I think its a great idea as I have some old ones I did when I had like 3 followers at the time and I use to really do alot of antiques when I first started my blogs..so wish me luck that I also don't delete my whole blog ha ha!! May you have a great day my friend...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Sharing with Sherri said...

Melissa, I almost hesitated to leave you another message, after already having had 90 comments to read! wow, but just wanted to thank you for coming by, and for the nice compliment on my blog dress, hopefully it'll be a while before I get the urge to change it again! lol! It's just so fun though! and I can't help myself!
Well, I hope you nice a real nice weekend!

(((hugs)))
Sherri

Chari said...

Hello Dearheart...

Just read your sweet note! Girl, after reading everyones comments about the little music box being for powder I just had to go and check it out! I went to ebay and found a few...several of them were in the blue like your Grandmothers. I had no idea! That must have been some pretty fancy powder to be housed in such a pretty music box..hehe!!! They aren't very expensive and I was thinking that it sure would be fun to collect them! Ohhh no...just what I need...another collection! Hehe!!!

Darlin'...you just have to paricipate in "Sunday Favorites"...I can think of soooo many of your fabulous posts that you need to share again! I for one would love to see them and I just know that all of the new comers would love to see them as well!!! Really...no pressure...but you know that I'd love to have you participate if you can!!!

Are you feeling better today, Sweetie? Sure do hope so...I've said prayers for you!!! Have a fabulous Friday, Darlin'!!!

Love ya,
Chari

Chari said...

Hey Sweetie...

Just little ol' me again! Hehe!

Just wanted to let you know that I went over to Sherri's blog! Girl, I'm so glad that you told me about it...her blog is absolutely delightful!!! I went through every post...hehe!!! Left her a message on each post...she'll be busy for a long while reading all of my little notes! Her home is gorgeous...and she is such a talented lady! Thanks for telling me about her blog, Darlin'!!!

Girl, I'm so sorry that you're having so many allergy problems...you're poor little nose! OUCH!!! Sounds so painful! Get to feeling better honey!!! I'm praying for you...

Love ya,
Chari

Lisa said...

hi Melissa! I was just awarded a Top Fav's button today and had to nominate 10 other bloggers of which you are one. I'd love for you to stop by and pick up your award button. Thank you. Have a great weekend!

The Stylish House said...

Hi Melissa,
I just saw your comment at Chari’s that you’re under the weather. I feel for you, allergies are no fun. You will be in my thoughts and prayers. Cathy

The Blonde Duck said...

I won't tell! I'll just steal a PB cookie when you're not looking...

And beware the Cookie Stealing Bunny! He's pretty hungry since not much baking has been going on here--Ben's on a diet!

susette said...

You have beautiful style and class! I inadvertantly deleted my following. I definitely enjoy your lovely posts. I will continue to follow. Thanks for helping me be aware. Have a lovely weekend. ☼

Lisa said...

Melissa, I posted about the Top 10 Fav's on Saturday's post. I just re-posted what was given me but feel free to make any changes to suit YOU! It is the cutest lil' ladybug isn't it? Thanks for being such a sweet blogger and for having such an awesome blog! Have a great weekend!

Connie said...

Found you on another blog and had to visit when I saw that USMC uniform, chickee! Hubs is a retired Marine, son is a former Marine and brother-in-law retired recently from Marines.

Darling blog, sweetpea. Darling decorating also. I love Pachelbel in Canon D but I've never heard that rendition before and think it's a refreshing variation.

Nice to meet you, sugar!

xoxo,
Connie

Connie said...

Melissa, forgot to mention that hubs' brother is a professor at the War College in Carlisle, PA. He retired as a colonel last summer, took off his uniform, put on a suit and continued teaching there - with substantial pay increase(!) - and a couple of other colleges. My email is on my profile page if you want to email privately. I'll give you our last name privately if you want to ask your hubby if he knows him. He's from Penn. and has been stationed all over the world, Calif. and N.C. also I believe. Just maybe your hubs knows him.
xoxo,
Connie

Scooterblu's Whimsy~Rhonda said...

Wow! That is one beautiful transformation and a true testament to what color can do for a room! Love the ceiling and the paint accents! ~hugs, Rhonda :)

Kelly K said...

Beautiful! Love the color combination!

Karen at Nittany Inspirations said...

Your home is really lovely. I like the colors in your dining room. The gold ceiling turned out great. I have 2 of those iron headers, but I want to get another one or two. We have a Kirklands here. I love that store.

Thanks for your nice comments on my kitchen and popping over to comment on RMS.

Kathleen Ellis said...

Hi Melissa!
Boy...a picture is worth a thousand words...maybe more in this case!
I love your color choices for this room...great job!

Any news yet?
xo
;-D

Beth in NC said...

You have such great taste! You make me want to redo my house. Oh dear...

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

Melissa...your dining room is Gorgeous! I love that you painted your ceiling! Beautiful transformatin! Susan