October 1, 2015

Really BIG Changes in the Entry

Sorry I've been gone this week! I have been working hard the last several days. And it's resulted in lots of changes in our entry.

Do you remember that I mentioned I found a great French dresser a couple of weeks ago for $100? My sweet sons carried it all the way down to the basement while I decided where I was going to put it. How much easier it would have been to leave it in our front entry because that's where I decided I wanted it to go!  lol  Poor guys!  It's very heavy.

It started out looking like this!
Now it looks like this! I also recovered this chair in my faux silk plaid that I used in the living room.

And put the same plaid on my antique settee that sits on the other end of the entry!  I haven't finished the trim yet on these two pieces but will do that in the next couple of days.
For those of you that might not remember this is what our entry looked like the last time you saw it.  I love, love, love this table (and all the tables) that my husband has made but felt this side of the room was a lot more rustic than the other side.  Now it's not! This beautiful table has found a new home in our rustic basement.

I also painted the shutters in this room a medium brown.

This painting has been in our master bedroom.  I bought it at Kirkland's about 15 years ago when we lived in Virginia.  I'm happy that it's the first thing that you see when you enter our house.  I've always loved it. And it adds just the right amount of height and drama to this space.

I've found a beautiful pair of lamps that I'd like to get for the dresser.  They were on sale when I found them and while I was painting and reupholstering and thinking, they went back to full price. So I'll wait til they go on sale again to get them.
It's hard to show you both sides of the room but I like they way they're tied together with the fabric and style now.
I'm planning on covering the back of the settee in the toile that's in the living room to further tie things together.
I'll be back soon to share how I painted this dresser and how to reupholster an occasional chair like the one in this room.

Hope you're having a wonderful day!

love and blessings~
"And He who sits on the throne said, "Behold, I am making all things new." And He said, "Write, for these words are faithful and true." Revelation 21:5

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  1. Love, love, love your new dresser just gorgeous and oh La la I'm loving how you refinish it! Just beautiful.....


  2. That is one commanding piece you have there. The blue is gorgeous and ties the whole room together. And seeing as how it is such a big room you did right to put that big piece there. Oh the power of paint, it really looks beautiful.

    1. Thank you, Mary! When we bought our house 12 years ago I couldn't find anything big enough to go here. We finally took a king-sized head board and foot board and made them into a bench. Then my husband built a table big enough to go here. This dresser is over 6' long and is just the right size!

  3. I love seeing your skills at work Lynda (and your guys' - all of them, hehe). That's a nice piece, and I love how you've repurposed it.

    1. Thank you, Rita! Yeah, my guys are always a little sorry when I find a new piece of furniture - lol! Hope you're doing well!

  4. Oooh! How gorgeous your new cabinet is, Lynda! I love the pretty blue color you've painted it! So big and lots of storage too!
    Hope all is well with you.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

    1. Thank you, Shelia! Maybe I can get some things cleaned out of the coat closet and put in it! ;)

  5. Hi Lynda! Your foyer is gorgeous!!! You are lucky to have such a wide one; mine is narrow and difficult to furnish/decorate. I love these colors (have them in my own home too). I'm a nut for plaid and your selection is beautiful. My daughter is about to take a similar dresser from my spare bedroom that I purchased when I was 18; now I'm rethinking whether I should let it go - the color looks fantastic on yours and would on mine too. Darn!!lol I'm originally from Mass and when I moved to Mid-Atlantic Kirkland was my playground. Some have closed so I don't get there much but that painting is perfect there. I adore your style. Have a great weekend - Jeannette

    1. Thank you, Jeannette! We don't have a Kirkland's near by anymore either. Wish we did! Keep your dresser! ;)

  6. You've certainly been a busy girl and I am so impressed! The dresser is simply stunning and lamps will look great on it. For now, I know you'll make it pretty with what you have.
    Did you take lessons in upholstry work? It's almost a lost art because there simply aren't as many craftsman around who have that skill. Maybe it's because furniture isn't made in America as it once was.

    How wonderful that you can do your own!

    1. Thank you, Connie! I haven't taken any lessons in upholstery and I'm just kind of self-taught. I love to decorate and our budget was tight when our children were little and I was determined - lol! Thanks so much for commenting. :)

  7. Oh perfect! Love it in the entry. The plaid fabric is the perfect tie in too! Don't you love it when a space comes together?

    1. Thank you, Cecilia! I am really happy with it! It's much more "me!" Have a wonderful weekend!

  8. Lynda, first let me say $100 for that chest is an amazing deal! The make over makes it perfect for your home. Love the soft colors of your rooms. That plaid fabric is fabulous. Thanks for sharing. Happy Week!

    1. Thank you, Sarah! It's a big change and I am loving it! Thanks so much for visiting and commenting!

  9. Looks beautiful! I loved your rustic table but now that I see this piece...no comparison. The guys at my house have to lift and tote some of my decorating projects too. ha!

    1. Thanks so much! It's good to have some strong guys around...that want you to feed them! ;)

  10. Beautiful piece of furniture. I love the color you painted it! Thanks for sharing this at Home Sweet Home!

  11. So pretty, love the color! Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!

  12. Wow - absolutely gorgeous. Love the new dresser and the chair in the faux silk. Stunning. I will be featuring this tonight at my Fall into Fall party that opens at 8pm EST. Please stop by and pick up an I've Been Featured button. Thanks. http://diybydesign.blogspot.com

  13. Lynda,
    The piece in your Entry Hall is spectacular, dear friend!!!
    I l o v e that you painted it to bring it into your style!!!
    The chair and settee are fabulously reinvented!!!
    I appreciate seeing a 'room in progress', along with it's reveal,
    to know where it's been and how it has transformed!!!
    I'll be back, soon!!!