Ladies and Gentlemen! Step right up, you are about to witness the "The Grrrrrreatest Show on Earth"?
At least that's the ballyhoo I get from my husband every time he steps into the city house dining room. He says the stripes I painted remind him of a circus tent, but I am unfazed by his teasing.
You're in luck though because admission to this sideshow is FREE today only!
Here is a look at the dining room when we moved in. I have always liked a wainscot treatment but it just seemed a little top heavy here and the ceilings aren't very high.
I was really craving a little pattern on the walls but at the time (2007) I wasn't quite convinced the wallpaper trend was here to stay. I had slathered wallpaper all over my old house in the 80's and spent the decade of the 90's scraping and soaking it off. So I wasn't ready to go there just yet (but I am now). Painting some neutral stripes seemed like a good compromise.
I started by painting the entire room the darkest color. Then, using a level, I made vertical stripes down the wall with an alternating thin and thick pattern using 1 1/2" blue tape. The thinner stripe was painted with the same semi-gloss paint as the moldings to give it a little shimmer. The middle color paint was an eggshell finish.
And now may I direct your attention to the center ring!
The new chandelier has to be my favorite element in the room. I do like a little bit of sparkle.
So there it is, all cleared out and ready for new renters. The dining room furniture has been tucked away in the basement and the room is an empty canvas. But someday we'll be back to put all the finishing touches on this room.
I do think it is a little odd that I almost picked up a clown painting on black velvet from an estate sale this weekend. I thought it would be perfect here! Maybe the circus music my husband hums every time he looks into this room has been working on my inner psyche? But if you run across a miniature calliope let me know 'cause I'm looking;)
You can catch a little peek at the kitchen through the door. I'll be posting about it on Thursday. Hope you can join me for more updates to the "City House".
Links to Week in the City posts
Tutorials & Tips Link Party @ Home Stories A2Z
One project at a Time @ A Bowl Full of Lemons