March 27, 2008

My new dining room!

A few days ago I discovered the store Amenity Home and I absolutely fell in love with one of their fabric prints. I just adored the organic, simple, and modern feel of this piece. The only problem? At a steep price of $330, I knew that my pocketbook was too slim to accomodate my tastes.

So my brain started turning and turning--I had to have this artwork in my home!--and I came to the conclusion that I could try to paint this pattern myself. Now, I'm not an artist by any means but I can (kind of) draw and (kind of) decorate. How hard could this project be?

Well, it turns out that my artistic talent is kind of rusty. I went to Michael's and bought all of the supplies I needed (a big canvas, paint, brushes) and everything started out pretty well. The branches looked decent enough and I was pretty proud of my choices of color. But then I tried to tackle the leaves and they looked just...awful. Like puffs of cotton balls or nastiness times five.

But I think I salvaged the project well. I even painted a second piece to go along with my first one. And now, I have a brand new dining room! (Which is kind of ironic since Justin and I will most likely be moving at the end of April since our rent is going up.)

This morning I actually re-painted the piece on the left. The branches weren't as dark as I wanted them so I painted them a slate gray. (The color gray is my new obsession.) I also want to remark on the clock in the picture. I got it on sale for only $20! Justin doesn't like it though because it's so big. He calls it Big Ben. But I don't let this bother me because a.) I LOVE big clocks and b.) I LOVE Big Ben.


  1. caroline! they look great! and I love big clocks too.

  2. Love, love, love! Very inspiring!

  3. It looks so good Caroline. I love it. The clock looks great too. Can I come eat at your house? We'll have mashed potatoes :)

  4. Anonymous8:56 AM

    Aren't they any men that can sympathize with me? My man-den is being made into an HGTV special... alas.


  5. Caroline! It looks great. I am so proud of you!

  6. I love it! I'm so impressed!

  7. Hey it all looks so great. I keep worrying that on a tight budget that I will not be able to have the kind of sophisticated artsy home that I want to have...but seeing your new dining room has inspired me. :) It can be done! I really do love the look of it. Kind of reminds me IKEA. (The one sad thing about moving away from Utah is that it now has an IKEA and I love it. haha)