Room Reset Challenge: part three

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If you’ve been following along with my room reset,  this is where I started.  This is my dining room, and it was a black hole, as far as I’m concerned.  It doesn’t get much light, and most of the furniture is dark, casting a dark and dismal shadow in the corner.

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My goal was to Lighten it, Brighten it, and make it more welcoming and inviting.  I was also going for a French Farmhouse feel, but decided later that it was looking more like it might be a corner of Provence.  As you can see, I changed the window treatment, re-did the chairs in a lighter, brighter color.  I used clear glass elements in order to let the light shine in.  I also painted my table light gray, and used gold leafing on the outer edge to bounce more light around the room.  ( I found the gold leaf technique in Annie Sloan’s book, ” Creating the French Look”).

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After doing the gold leafing, I distressed it with a fine sponge sander, and antiqued it just a bit, with a mixture of clear and dark wax.

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The table is very old and cracked, but it fits my space just right.

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My next challenge was the chandelier…

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So I pulled together a few baubles that I had in that beloved stash of mine. All of it was stuff…IMG_9843that had been given to me by cousins, and aunties.  I did buy some gold Christmas hooks and string, and painted some of the crystals with a turquoise glass paint to add some color.

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This brought some more reflective quality, and lit up the room. Then I added this candle holder, that I painted with a dry brush in gray, and the mirrored fleur de lis to do some more light bouncing.

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My next challenge was what you see on the right in the above picture.  My 100 year old armoire, that is still casting a shadow.  But that’s a whole other story…..to be continued……

 

Please follow along, so you can read what I did next.  Thanks for visiting.

 

 

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Lorna

How many of us long for our own comfy cottage in the woods? I know I do! We can make our own comfy cottage, right here, right now, no matter where we live. I'm a mother of two, grandmother of two boys, interior designer who thinks out-of-the-box, up cycler, and interested in just about anything related to living comfortably and finding contentment, connecting with the Great Spirit in the natural world and respect for all beings who walk the earth.

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