How I Failed To Decorate our Dining Room

No one likes to say that they have failed. Today I give you permission to completely FAIL in your home decor. I completely failed in this renovation project, but all is not lost!

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Dining room before the One Room Challenge

The One Room Challenge Dining Room Update

This week is the final reveal for the One Room Challenge. I have been avoiding writing this post, because it’s hard for me to admit that I have failed this challenge.

I haven’t finished our dining room.

I was really excited in the beginning, the painting was easy.

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It took me an entire weekend to paint the built-in dining hutch. The white is so much lighter, I really do like it. I am glad I took the plunge to paint all that dark woodwork.

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The next project  was the ceiling. This painted ceiling medallion gives the room something special. Our kitty loves to stare at the ceiling, she must find it interesting.

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I bought some great fabric at a fabulous price and whipped up a pair of curtains. I was on a roll!

And that’s where the story ends. Actually, it came to a grinding halt.

The END of the Dining Room ORC Story

The table improvements are holding me back. I need to paint the table, but I don’t have the vision right now as to which colors to use. White, black? Grey, Chocolate? Can’t decide.

Am having second thoughts about the curtains that  I made.

I never have second thoughts. NEVER. Usually, I am an all in kind of girl. But, something in this room just doesn’t feel right.

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Our home is very traditional. My mother’s beautiful Liberty Blue dishes are going to be the focus of this dining room. However, I don’t know what I was thinking when I chose the black floral for the curtain fabric. They just don’t complement each other, not at all.

I am even second guessing the paint color I chose. I just don’t love it.

How I Failed to Decorate Our Dining Room|Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.comThis Waverly floral print is beautiful but, it’s just A LOT OF FLORAL. There are three other rooms that lead off the dining area, and all of them have to coordinate. This print just isn’t working out with the other rooms the way I had hoped. Rather than try to make things work and not be happy with the result I am going to stop.

I am putting the breaks on this entire project until I can find another fabric(s) that I like and re-think the entire design plan.

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To Be Continued

Another problem is with the dining chairs. I have been looking for fabrics and materials to refurbish them. However, things are far more expensive than I had anticipated. With the cost of the fabric, foam cushions, welting, tacks, upholstery strapping and nailhead details it will cost between $80-90.00 per chair to redo them. Multiply this times 6 because we have 6 chairs. Yikes, that’s a lot of dough!

New chairs run in the neighborhood of $100.00, and I am not sure that I want to put all the time and money into these old chairs that I don’t really care for anyway. It just doesn’t seem worth it when I could purchase new ones in a finish and style that I like, and just do minimal customizing to match our decor.

So, the chairs are also on the back burner.

I’ve been shopping for lighting, and accessories too. Can’t find anything that I like, that fits in our traditional farmhouse decor and that I can afford. I love modern styles, but they just don’t work well with our traditional home.

How I FAILED in the One Room Challenge

Things just aren’t working out right now. In thinking about how to explain my failure to my readers, I have come to the conclusion that we don’t like to admit our defeats! As bloggers, we don’t want to tell others we can’t do it. Perhaps we expect too much from ourselves. At least I do. Seems like there is always something I am hiding from behind the computer.

It’s okay to fail in your decorating project. I hereby give you permission. Sometimes we need to give ourselves the “okay” to not be perfect and have a perfect magazine styled home. Beautiful homes are an evolution of style and living that develops over time.

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Just like a shoe that doesn’t fit, our home needs to be comfortable for us to live in and fit us well. Things will come together in this room at another time, it’s just now right now. I am okay with that.

This is the end of my One Room Challenge renovation. More time is needed to figure things out. Updates will be posted as I have them but this failed project will remain unfinished for the time being.

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Read some of these other projects for more inspiration!

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Linking up to the rest of the One Room Challenge over on Calling It Home Blog. Be sure to check out these fantastic projects!

 

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3 thoughts on “How I Failed To Decorate our Dining Room

  1. You know what, it is okay! It is totally okay to stop rather than forge ahead with something that doesn’t make you happy, you are right about that. Sometimes it takes more time for a vision to develop, that is all. If you want the beautiful plates to be a centerpiece of design for the room, what about pull some blue from the plates for the curtains? Maybe stripes on a linen look for the farmhouse style?

  2. You didn’t fail. Forcing a design you don’t like will just lead to wasted money and time, and changing it later. You’ll be so much happier letting it happen organically.
    I have very similar moulding in my house and I was so happy to paint it white, it lightened up the whole house!

  3. My dining room is decorated around my blue Currier and Ives dishes and also my Grandmother’s Golden Wheat dishes. The walls are Bungalow Gold from the previous Eddie Bauer line at Lowe’s and the curtains my mother sewed from a blue toile fabric. I agree with the previous comment about adding some blue with the curtains. It’s certainly a good idea to stop until you are comfortable with the direction you are going. Why throw good money after bad?

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