Dining Room Inspiration

With most of the first floor renovations complete at Kyle’s house, he’s put me to work decorating. I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed. Before living on my own, I always attributed decorating to being a bit like picking out an outfit – just dressing a space instead of myself. But I’ve learned it’s a lot harder, a LOT more expensive, and something most of us don’t get to practice very often. I mean seriously, besides interior decorators, most of us probably haven’t had the means to decorate more than one or two spaces, college dorms aside, before we’re thirty. Until now, furnishing a place, for me, has consisted mainly of hand-me-downs from my parents and a few IKEA purchases here and there.

That aside, we’re having some friends over for dinner in a few weeks so I’m focusing on the dining room first. Kyle’s one rule: No re-painting walls. (Disappointing but after eight months of renovations, I suppose I see why.) So to get my own creative juices flowing inside the sage green walls and before going crazy with Kyle’s credit card, I put together some ideas:

Dining Room Inspiration

1. Mirror, Z Gallerie (or my DIY version here)  |  2. Parsons Side Chairs, Overstock.com  |  3. Chandelier, Overstock.com  |  4. Paint, Cedar Grove 444, Benjamin Moore  |  5. Rug, Pottery Barn  |  6. Table, World Market

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Mirror Makeover

My boyfriend, Kyle, is finishing up some renovations to his house and asked me to help decorate. I was lusting after a silvery quatrefoil mirror from Z Gallerie; price tag = $499 (+$50 delivery and processing). While I swore there was no piece more perfect for the dining room wall than this mirror, there was just no way…

Z Gallerie Quatrefoil Mirror,

Z Gallerie Quatrefoil Mirror, $499

So when I ran across a similar mirror in black at Hobby Lobby for $70 on sale for 50% off, I was clearly ecstatic. A couple coats of paint and I had my dream mirror for a total investment of under $50.

Materials and instructions below.

Mirror Makeover

Materials:

  • Quatrefoil mirror, available at Hobby Lobby (in store only) or Lowes
  • Metallic paint
  • Primer
  • Scouring pad
  • Brush (I used a bristle paint brush; use a foam brush for a smoother finish)
  • Razor blade (or painter’s tape; however, if your mirror has rounded corners, it may be easier to scrape any paint off with a razor blade once the paint has dried)

Directions:

  1. Scuff surface with scouring pad.
  2. Prime and paint the frame according to can or bottle instructions.
  3. Let frame dry overnight.
  4. Use a razor blade to scrape any dried paint off the mirror (or remove tape).
  5. Voila! You’re done. Hang the mirror and enjoy.