Most Saturday mornings, when I’m not hustling to try and get a renovation done, you can find myself and the Circus perusing the town for yard sales and estate sales. We will hopefully come home with more treasures than toys (or at least equal), but it’s always a crapshoot. In order to keep the Circus in a good mood and get in as many yard sales as possible, the cost is usually one $1 or less toy at most yard sales. I can live with that if it means I find my own treasures too.
The best treasures though come when your friend calls you up and tells you his dad just bought a house fully furnished, he doesn’t want anything in it and most of it looks right up your alley, Jenna.
There are many times I’ve realized just how blessed I am to have Nicky (my other husband) in my life. This was one of those times. Perhaps the best one because I got free, gorgeous, vintage furniture.
Wayne, Nick’s dad who is really a god of fixing all things and has saved our asses more than once, bought a house that came with everything in it. Literally, I do mean everything. The poor man had to go through and throw out decades worth of paperwork. But the house also contained all this vintage goodness – that wasn’t his style. #luckyme
I ended up scoring two night stands, multiple 70’s era brass lamps, a glass dining room table, chandelier and a few other knick-knacks that made my heart flutter.
When I got the glass dining room table, it became a game changer for the dining room at the 70’s Landing Pad. I don’t have pictures of all of my exact pieces, but this is a design mock-up of similar items so you can see how it will all fit together.
To start with the wall color is the same as the living room, Limousine Leather by Behr, a true black. Since the rooms are connected and walls don’t divide them, I felt it best that they all have the same paint color.
That was a shot of the dining room before the flooring was installed and the paint was still drying, but it gives you an idea of the wall color. The window treatments will also be the same as the living room since the rooms are connected. If you remember from the post about the plans for the living room, I was originally going with red velvet curtains. Well, that changed. I’m now opting for green velvet curtains. After I got the samples of the velvet, the red wasn’t red enough – more of a wine red, which was pretty, but not what I wanted. The green on the other hand – perfection. The curtains I’m going with are here. It’s actually the same store where I got my green linen curtains in my current living room. Christin does an amazing job. Since we’re not going with red curtains, that does mean I’ll be able to use my red rug in the dining room.
One of the showstoppers in this space will, like the living room, be the oversized art.
I got this sucker as big as I could – 44″ x 44″. The greens in it popped out at me as soon as I saw it and I knew it would work well with the green velvet drapes as well as be a great contrast against the black walls.
With the newfound glass table, it did mean that the chandelier I had originally bought for the dining room wouldn’t work. I found a lucite chandelier just like this one at a local antique store and had planned on hanging it in the dining room. Considering how the table is all glass though and the chandelier is “clear, ” I thought that would be too much glass-like items. So instead, I opted to switch out the light I had bought for my entryway for the dining room.
I think it will add nice contrast to all the glass and I’ll still be able to use my gorgeous lucite one in the entryway.
The dining room chairs are a yard sale find. If you follow me on Instagram, you may remember them from quite a few months back…
I scored six of those bad boys for $10. $10 for ALL of them. They do need a good cleaning and I’ll be re-upholstering them, but man aren’t they damn pretty? Any suggestions on what to re-upholster them in? I was thinking maybe some sort of faux-crocodile material like this one that would also be easy to clean up?
Depending on space when we get all these main pieces in, I may or may not add in the buffet that’s currently in my living room.
And don’t for a second think my old dining room table that was my great aunt’s is going anywhere – I’ve got plans for it. 🙂 Y’all know I can’t part with a single piece of family furniture.
What do you think of the plans for the dining room? As always, I want to hear your thoughts – give me some chair upholstery suggestions!
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