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A Different Kind of Finished Project

I have been waiting for this day for . . . almost 15 years now.

But, y'know, the task is just not much fun.  And I had a hard time settling on a color.  And then, well . . . I just could never line up the time to do it.  Not during gardening season.  Or during the Up North months.  And certainly not during the holidays.  Or probably right after, either.  Because recovering.

So, really.  It had to happen in . . . April.



I'm pleased to announce that my dining room re-do is finally finished!

Wallpaper removed.
Walls prepped.
Primer applied.
Walls prepped again.
Paint.  Paint.  Paint.


It was truly a family project.  Although Tom and I did all the physical work, everyone else was involved in some way.  Remotely, the kids weighed in on color and design elements, with Brian suggesting we rethink the chair rail altogether.  My dad provided advice and general cheerleading support.  And my sister helped me choose the paint color (thanks to the magic of technology).

I wish we could all gather to celebrate!  (We'll have to do that remotely, too, I'm afraid.)


I'm so pleased -- and so happy to finally be able to cross this project off my to-do list.

(Click here for the "before" shots.)

(Yikes!  So much better now.)


Just a reminder:  Tomorrow (April 26) is Poem in Your Pocket day.  Share your favorite!


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Cheryl S.



It's beautiful and I love that it was a family project! I do hope that you all get to gather in your lovely new dining room together and celebrate someday!


It looks fabulous! I love the color and the room looks so much BIGGER. I can't wait to come have dinner!


ABSOLUTELY STUNNING. Love the blue accents. Enjoy!


It's always sunny in Kym's dining room! (A new tv show, coming to you live, right now!) I love the yellow with the blue-and-white china and the cobalt glass.


I love how it looks! So cheerful and bright and so welcoming!!

And, thank you for the reminder of the Poem in My Pocket Day tomorrow! (you just saved my brain some thinking time tonight about a blog post for tomorrow!!)


So pretty. The color is so cheerful and goes well with the blue dishes/accents. Well done. That is one big project completed.


Lerve. I'm jonesing for yellows & mustards & curries right now -- do you suppose it's a zeitgeist thing? I remember loving that flowery pattern (like on the old wallpaper) to distraction, back in the 80s. Congrats on reaping the rewards of all that hard work!


Sunshine and blue sky! Love it! (We had a lovely Sunday lunch at a farm restaurant in Italy -- the walls were this color.)


The paint color is perfect for showcasing your blue china collections! Everyone is spot on this is pure sunshine!


So clean and refreshing.


Woohoo! It looks great! so clean and fresh and bright! ...and I LOVE your blue and white plates with the yellow.


It looks like you've moved to a new home! The color is so bright, so fresh and modern! You picked the perfect time to do!! WOW, just lovely! Perfect, perfect.


Oh my gosh, that is just FANTASTIC!! I *love* the color and so glad Brian weighed in on the chair rail... it's so CLEAN now. Your blue china & glass POP... it's all so lively. BRAVO!!!


And you *done good!* Do enjoy your lovely new dining room...I'm sure you'll have many a fine meal and moments to savor there.

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