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Guess what???  I’m hosting Thanksgiving this year… for the 1st time ever! If you follow us on Pinterest, you might have noticed I went a little nutso on the Tgiving pins! This weekend life finally settled down a bit and we didn’t have a ton going on (I even got to go on a double date Friday night! Sweet!).  Saturday morning I was walking through my dining room, thinking about Thanksgiving and realized that I wanted to completely finish it BEFORE thanksgiving! (For those of you not quick with math, that was only 12 days away)
You might be thinking, Umm didn’t you re-do your dining room on your first episode of The Nate Show? and you would be right! Jess did an awesome job on my room and it looked fabulous for the show! Remember this is what it looked like…
Well, here’s the inside scoop…  We still have builder-grade white paint on the walls (that alone makes me break out in hives! lol). When “shopping the house” some of the fabulous accessories Jess used weren’t mine! Ha! I had borrowed some things from a friend, so they had to go back.
And brace yourself for this… we sold the Barnwood Artwork! GASP!!  I know right?  Well, you know how we have an etsy shop?  One person contacted us and really didn’t want us to make a custom piece, she wanted the one from the show.  After some thinking and discussing, Jess and I decided to sell it, but I made her promise we’d make another one soon!
 So now I was left with a once fabulous room, that now looks semi-empty and in need of some TLC.  Now you have the back story, let’s get onto my plans…  I was struggling to decide what to do in the room and called my hubs in to look at some paint chips.  He could tell I wasn’t “feelin’ it” and recommended that I take everything out of the room except for the table, buffet, and chairs.  Once I had a “blank slate” the creative juices started flowing.  Thanks hun!
Here’s a little peek into my plans. Don’t worry I’ll post step by step (and it’ll be fast.  I only have 9 days before my family arrives!)…
1- I’ve wanted to use this wallpaper for over a year now. I’m finally taking the plunge.
2- This will be the primary wall color and it coordinates so well with the table stain
3- I love how Mandi created this look and I’ll be doing something similar with open frames, but in a different color.  (Really jazzed up about this idea!)
4- Yes, that’s PVC pipe, and yes, I have a crazy idea to use it as a chair rail separating the paint and wallpaper.  It could be an epic fail, or could work out just as I’m seeing it in my head.  Can’t wait!
5- I want to add little accents of turquoise throughout.  I have buyers’ regret about the chair fabric, but I’m determined to make it work!
Ok, that’s all the peeking you get! I need to get to work painting my dining room!
What do you think of my plans and are any of you tackling a big project before Thanksgiving?  Do tell!
PS- Sorry to all the haters, but we’re T-minus 4 days until Breaking Dawn!! I can’t tell you how excited we are and yes, we’ll be at the 12:01 showing on Thursday night with all our Gal Pals!

The comments +

  1. I love the barnwood artwork! I’d love to see one with a monogram. I’m sure your dinner will go great 🙂

    ~Stop Me if You’ve Heard This One

  2. julandmatt says:

    Hey, you have a plan…that’s all you need! 🙂
    Good luck

  3. Good luck with the dining room revamp and getting everything done in time!

  4. Ruth Ann says:

    I really love the color of that buffet, it’s gorgeous! I’m so glad vintage revivals sent me.

  5. Jenna says:

    oh there’s the wallpaper. what a fun choice!!

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