2.22.2011

Lighten Up: The Reveal~

Last week I shared with you the first two stages in my quest to lighten up a drab little corner of my dining room.


As a reminder, here is the corner in it's before state:





Not bad...just dark.


As you may recall, the first thing I did was paint the lamp a creamy shade of white.

Then I painted the little buffet Cafe Blue by Valspar. After that, all my little corner needed were some accessories.

And here is the corner after:




I decided to accessorize specifically for Spring. I love the lighter colors!


I wanted to add some cherry blossoms. Of course, since we're still under about 8" of snow, we didn't have any yet (even though we have a cherry tree in our backyard.) So I used a couple of faux branches - available at Tai Pan Wholesale - which I placed in my pretty vintage canning jar.





I decided not to tweak the lamp (yet anyway) but I switched it to the other side of the table which sets off the lampshade a little more.






To the bottom shelf I added a darling chicken wire birdcage and my vintage scale.





Then I finished the whole thing off with some pretty plates. A plate collage above the buffet on the wall, and a pretty square plate with a spring green motif sitting on the table top.




The whole thing is bright and spring-y and makes me happy to see.


I decided that I will most likely switch things off for the seasons...I already have ideas brewing for a different set of plates for the summer. Afterall, I do suffer from Design ADD. But for now, I love how I brightened up this little corner.


One more time...

BEFORE:



AFTER:




Have a great day~


Linking to:

Show and Tell at Blue Cricket Design

Paint Projects link party at Centsational Girl

69 comments:

Courtney {a thoughtful place} said...

It's really beautiful. The lighter look is so relaxing and peaceful. Love the little touches.

Vintage Gal said...

I absolutely love what you have done~ Light, Bright and full of spring. Just lovely ;-)

modern jane said...

It looks so so great! I love the soft colors and especially the plates!

alimoll said...

It looks FABULOUS! :)

Courtney said...

It's so pretty and bright! I'm dying to do a plate wall, yours is lovely:)

MARY said...

I had to do a double take! That was awesome! Beautiful! I would have been afraid to do the blue- but I adore it.

Ali Rockwell said...

It looks so pretty! I love everything about it! Great job!

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

It looks fantadtic all lightened up! I adore those blueish plates on the wall!

Jaime said...

Beautiful but I do miss the chalkboard a tiny bit - hopefully you can find another great place to use it.

Ange (Love From My Kitchen) said...

I have those same blue plates from TJ Maxx and was just thinking of hanging them in my kitchen. :) Love the color of your table and how it is so light and airy looking!

Whitney said...

It turned out great! I especially like the cherry blossoms- nice touch!

Tanya said...

Looks so pretty! So light and fresh looking...great job :)

Katie said...

just beautiful..so calming :) what a big difference from new paint and new accessories--LOVE IT!

Carly said...

LOVE the color. And I love the dishes on the wall.

Sabrina said...

Just a wonderful job. It just screams Springtime and fresh air. Great vision you had!

Adam and Wendy said...

It looks wonderful! I love it! :)

LouAnne said...

LOVE the transformation. You did a wonderful job!

Laura said...

I love the new look - so light & pretty! Makes me wish for spring...

Martina said...

Hi Wendy I thought the before was beautiful but the after is gorgeous!! Love the color you choose for the buffet and love the accessories!! Have a great week I'll be linking to your party on friday. Martina

Hannah Rebekah said...

Good job! It looks great!

~Hannah Rebekah

Chandra Chinnis said...

Love the color. Did your already have the plates or just match them up?

stefanie said...

oh I LoVe it!!!!

Missy said...

I can't believe it made such a difference! It looks great!

Theresa said...

Beautiful! what a huge difference. I really like it!

Swirls of Happy said...

I love it!!!! Nice job :)

Jenn said...

Beautiful! I love the blue and the cherry blossoms make me crave Spring!

Andy Porter said...

Such a change! I LOVE it!! It looks absolutely beautiful! That color of blue is hauntingly cute.

Andy Porter said...

ps...I love that you didn't tweak the lamp. I think it looks absolutely perfect!

Carol@SofasandSage.com said...

I really like the light colors -- did you have to change anything else in the room to balance the lack of black, or had that pretty much stood on its own? I adore plates on a wall and these look fantastic.

Jamie @ Happy House, Happy Home said...

I am in love with that blue color! What a difference it makes! And it looks all so springy! I especially LOVE the faux cherry blossoms. I think I'm going to have to go pick some up for my home! LOVE THEM!

Jenny said...

Great little makeover, it looks lovely and fresh. The lamp looks fine as is and I love your birdcage and vintage scale on the bottom shelf. Well done. ;-)

jociegal said...

Wow - that looks brilliant! I LOVE the colors and the accent of the pink flowers. Nice work.

Jenny said...

Lovely! So fresh and Spring-y! A look I'm yearning for right now both inside and out!

Michelle (www.thereallifemom.blogspot.com) said...

Wow! Amazing transformation and it looked beautiful to begin with! I love the color scheme that you went with....so calming.

Phredfamily said...

Looks great! Gotta LOVE Tai Pan!

Kate @ welcomedtempest.blogspot.com

LuLu said...

light and lovely!!!! great job
xo,
LuLu

Staci @ Life's Sweeter with Chocolate said...

Love it!!

Shirley said...

Beautiful! Okay now do the same at my house :)

Melody ♪♫ said...

oh!oh!oh!
I so ♥ that "cafe blue" table! Having that blue stoneware amongst your plates makes it just, well, *m-wah* PERFECT!

Debbie in Nashville said...

Amazing! I don't think it looked bad in the before pic, but LOVE the after pic!!

Destiny said...

I really really LOVE the new look! I have design ADD as well...it's a horrible thing for me! My husband gets SO aggrivated sometimes because every time he goes away on business he comes back and something has changed AGAIN! Love blue..very pretty for Spring (which by the way, needs to hurry up and get here!) ~Destiny

Kara said...

It looks just beautiful Wendy! I've gotta get me some of those cherry blossoms. Love them!

Carmen @ Life with Sprinkles on Top said...

It looks beautiful now! I love it, so fresh and springy! And I know we're all so looking forward to spring but I can also picture this all decked out for fall too.

Jennifer said...

I think the before looked great, but the after - WOW! I love the color scheme. So bright and fresh. Nice work!
Jen
Scissors & Spatulas

-Kasey said...

Very lovely. It screams 'Spring!!' and I love that. You did a great job :)

Angie@Echoes of Laughter said...

I love it! What a beautiful update!! It is just perfection in my opinion! Angie xo

Sarah @ Cozy.Cottage.Cute. said...

Oh, my. So pretty!!! Those plates over top are perfect. :)

Amber said...

Such a fresh, light look for Spring! I am ready for Spring to come too!!!!

Laurel said...

Wow, love this!

Debra said...

Looks great!! I just love your plates..

Trisha @ The Sweet Survival said...

Wow it looks great! So bright and fresh. I love the pink flowers and your 'new' lamp looks perfect on the table.

Dar said...

Simply love the transformation. The colors are so soothing to the eye. Great job!

Katie @ On the Banks of Squaw Creek said...

Ah! I LOVE that chicken wire birdcage. Where did you get it? Is it old?

Puttin' On The GRITS said...

Love it!

Lisa said...

While I'm a huge fan of black painted furniture (have my own little antique table in the living room) I just LOVE what you have done. So soft, pretty and va-va-voom for spring.

JoEllen said...

Love the pop of pink in the cherry blossoms. This is really beautiful!!

~april said...

I adore this color palette! It is gorgeous! The blue is so beautiful!

Dana {Southern Inspired} said...

Love the transformation!! The plates look amazing on the wall - really lightens up the space :)

Barb@curlywillowdiy said...

Wow! Such a beautiful fresh look. Love it all.
Barb

Claire Gale said...

wow love your style, it works so well together. the plates are my favourite. beautiful blog, pleased to have met you.

Kait said...

I love painting things, it gives them new life! <3

Etcetorize said...

Sooo pretty! I love the colour you chose. And the cherry blossoms are just the right touch. perfect~

Tiff said...

What a difference!! How pretty. I love the plates on the wall.

Shaunna said...

Wendy, this is soooo beautiful! I love the color palette and the simplicity of it. True shabby nest style. LOVE!
xo
shaunna :)

Elizabeth said...

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Kris said...

OMG I love love LOVE your blog. So many great ideas and projects tucked into one fantastic little spot. Kudos to you---keep up the great work!
Best,
kris
www.krisstanfield.com/blog

Traci@ Beneath My Heart said...

So Pretty! I love it. So much brighter and lighter. I just painted a little table blue and I am loving the touch of color. :)
Thanks for the inspiration!

Coffee Chat said...

I love it!! What a difference! :)

Austin Bingler said...

Any idea where you got the bird cage? I've found a much larger one similar to it and i'm dying to know who makes them! I would love to have it to put my bird in!