Monday, March 19, 2012

Our Dining Room

What would you do when the your local meteorologist is forecasting heavy rain for the entire weekend??? 

WEEELL . . . .   ya know what we did??? 

Seen below is our dining room,  in all it’s “getting ready for changes” glory!  Lately,  I cannot get enough of  the vintage industrial vibe.  We snagged this (leaning against the wall) great old sign at a local antique store that was going out of business,  for not too much cha-chinggg$$$. It reads “ATL”short for Atlanta, “DIN” short for diner,  “Great” for great food. I thought what a “feast” for the eyes!

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Above our retro sign I plan to use a pair of these heavenly filament sconces from Restoration Hardware,  if I don’t change my mind during our redecorating.

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A nice addition to any room,  inexpensive and expressive is millwork (molding).  Ever since my husband purchased his new fancy chop saw he’s been getting his grove on . . .

The two windows seen below in our dining room,  he will be injecting the decorative trim moldings.

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Here’s a closer look at my vision.  The two windows with the black frames are what I’m aiming for.  If your not a fan of black,  you could use light gray? Or white?



To Start,  I plan to punch up these windows by using nicely sized moldings.

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Here’s a little trick . . .  to create a picture frame like molding,  we will glue two pieces together to create a thicker profile.

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Our finished piece will have a nice picture frame like profile,   and will be 5 1/4” wide.

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Clamp and allow to dry.

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First piece of molding going up . . .

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Use finish nails to hang and a countersink punch,  sick miter honey!!!

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The first piece installed,  woo hoo!

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You can’t beat the beauty of millwork,  big style, don’t you agree? The two windows set us back a “whapping” $68.00! 

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These window frames will be complemented with Ralph Lauren’s “black truffle” paint soon.

Oh, did I mention I’m giving away one of my handmade Easter bunnies!  Swing on over to The Old Painted Cottage to enter,  and give Jennifer props for her wonderful giveaways. Good luck to everyone!

Burlap Bunny



  1. LOVE the window trim. It really transforms the windows and can't wait to see them painted and the rest of the space come together.

    Ahhh, what an adorable bunny and love the crown pendant! So cute!!

    Happy Spring xoxo

  2. Absolutely smashing! I can't wait to see the finished product!


  3. What a difference some molding makes. Beautiful! I am over here from the painted cottage. One of your newest followers. I would love it if you would pop in and visit me when you have a sec.


  4. Hi Laurie,
    I am visiting from the Old Painted Cottage, its a pleasure meeting you. My husband and I also have been adding molding to our home, we still have a lot to do, but whats been done has really made a huge difference to the feel of our home. It's always so much fun to re-do a room and I look forward to seeing more of your dinning room. I am your newest follower, your bunny is adorable I love him!
    Have a sweet day, Elizabeth

  5. I am your newest follower sent over from The Old Painted Cottage!
    I'm loving the moulding for the window trim.
    Can't wait to see it all finished!

  6. Hi, and I am visiting from The Old Painted Cottage and am a new follower. I love the work you did on the moulding!

  7. I am visiting from The Old Painted Cottage and I am now following your blog. I love the bunny and you have some wonderful items in your shoop.

  8. What a great fun and rewarding project. Love that cute little bunny rabbit!

  9. I need that bunny!!! :) Have been a follower of your blog.

  10. I came over to visit your blog from 'The old Painted Cottage'. Your blog is just lovely! I love the bunny giveaway. It's super adorable! ~ Jamie

  11. Love what you're doing with your windows!

  12. Leaving a comment via your giveaway with The Old Painted Cottage. I already subscribe to your blog - and love it!!! Thanks for donating the adorable bunny for this giveaway.

  13. Back to you after visiting The Old Painted Cottage. The bunnies are precious.

    Just love what you're doing to the windows in the dining room. Waiting for the after photos. Thanks for the tip on making the frame fatter and sexier.

  14. Hi Laurie! Long time no see! This project looks AMAZING.. I CAN'T WAIT TO SEE YOUR PICS OF THE AFTER~~ I miss seeing you girl! xoxokathee

  15. Doing a super job, is it not worth dragging out a nail gun, just your vision...

  16. Wow! What an amazing job. I'm here from The Old Painted Cottage and a new follower. Looking forward to visiting every day. We have pet bunnies at our house, so I'm CRAZY in love with your burlap bunny. ♥

  17. "hopping" over form the old painted cottage. The bunny is adorable!

  18. Love your burlap bunny, too cute. Suzi

  19. I am visiting via the Old painted cottage...I got lost looking at all the beautiful posts the burlap bunny.
    And yes, fresh paint and beautiful wood work are transforming!

  20. I'm here from The Old Painted Cottage and am now a follower. I'm CRAZY in love with your burlap bunny. ♥

  21. Hi Sally,
    lol, So nice to meet you! Best of luck in my giveaway, love your sense of humor!

    Happy Spring!


  22. Just beautiful! My son would be trying to sneak that fantastic old light fixture out of your home. He would of course have the bunny under one arm for me (always thinking of MOM) and the light under the other! Pink~a~licious Hugs, Jonnie

  23. What a beautiful looking new dining room this is gonna be! Love crown molding and your idea around the windows is an excellent idea!

    Bunny hop,

  24. Hi Laurie,
    You home is as beautiful as you are my friend. Love your it more if it was in my house;) Miss you.

  25. Laurie, I love the thick molding and it will be wonderful painted black. Hugs, Sherry

  26. Have such a nice dinning home, i believe you'll really enjoy it, so i want to tell you the nice Leather shoulder bags at and personlly i like it.

  27. Looks like an excellent job here. Your molding looks professionally made.


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