First things first: Yes, I finished painting the cabinets. We are gonna give them a few days to dry before hanging them, but you can definitely look forward to after pictures along with the whole process (pronounce it with a long O for fun) later this week. Quite a few of you mentioned that you were thinking of painting your cabinets, or maybe you were on the fence about the project. I hope I can give you the push you need to get it done, because even though it was a completely daunting task, 4 days later I am d-o-n-e and I did it completely by myself during Greta's naps and after she went to bed while Chris was out of town. He's back now and surprised and excited to cook in our new airier kitchen--well, it's really the same kitchen, but it just feels bigger, ya know? More on that later this week. I am getting off topic. Today's topic: blinds. Even with painting the cabinets all weekend (last time I am gonna mention it) I still had time to hang our new bamboo blinds in the dining room with Chris's help. And here they are:
Remember how the windows looked with our white, metal blinds--sans curtains just last week?:
I am a sucker for bamboo blinds (we used darker ones in Greta's room) and I think it is a great way to bring some warmth into a space. We opted to mount ours outside of the window frame so we could cheat the window up slightly. Also, our windows don't have any molding framing them, so the outside-mounted blinds and the white curtains serve as a great frame and make it look like there might be one HUGE window instead of three separate ones.
When choosing which blinds to go with, I headed over to Overstock.com which happens to be where I got Greta's from, as well. I have found it to be the cheapest place to get bamboo roman shades, and I was not disappointed this time. I wanted to keep a natural feel to the windows, so I went with the Nantucket Bamboo Roman shade. I measured my windows and then chose a slightly larger blind accordingly. 2 small ones for the side windows and one large one for the center. And it was CHEAP! For all three blinds, my total with tax and shipping was just $45.19. So...yeah. Gotta love the O.
Of course, I will sell the blinds that used to hang here to help fund other projects, because that's how we roll. These blinds are 100% functional unlike some roman shades. So if we feel like blocking the hot sun from coming in or some extra privacy at night, we can just unroll them. We fastened the cord wrapper thing (???) right behind the curtains and out of view.
Although I never like to say that a room is "done" because I am one to constantly tweak and change and update, we have no other immediate plans for the dining room. When we renovate our kitchen in the next year or so, the countertop on the peninsula will get cut down. Right now there is space for benches there, but I think a good rule is if your dining room is tight--don't add benches even if there IS space at the bar for them. So we'll be chopping that countertop back and eventually down the road redoing the floors. But other than that--nada. Which makes this a great time to look back at where we've been and how far we have come since we moved in 3 months ago.
This picture cracks me up because wow, it is bad!! We could have at least fixed the wonky blinds before snapping a picture, but that just makes this an even better before picture, I guess.
Since moving in, we sold that old chandelier (yes, someone actually bought that) and DIYed a new one. We painted the walls and railing. Added an area rug. De-cluttered the table by storing two chairs in the basement. Added window treatments.
And painted some large artwork for the wall:
We have come a long way, especially for not really having any plans for this room. Yes, we knew we wanted a large painting and a new fixture, but everything else just evolved and came together. Isn't it the best when that happens??