We converted this dining room into a keeping room with a simple coat of paint and by relocating a chandelier. The dining room was moved into the formal living room; we have no need for a formal living room. The change suits our lifestyle and our sense of decor. I LOVE the end result.
Before: Stripes of painted yellow (This entire house was covered in some shade of yellow.)
This is the view from the dining room. It’s now a shade of avocado green.
Before- Formal Dining Room with fancy chandelier. The seller of this home inadvertently wrote the chandeliers into the contract. She was not happy when she realized her mistake.
After: A cozy keeping room adjacent to the kitchen. A solid coat of avocado green paint did the trick.
The fixture was relocated. It was originally brass; I sprayed it black and rehung it here.
I found the brown leather chairs and not perfectly matching ottoman (but close enough) at a Rooms to Go Outlet for $160 total. The chairs were missing back legs – hence the discount. We never replaced the legs/pegs, b/c the chairs are so much more comfortable without them. You just sink into the plush leather coziness; many people have easily fallen asleep here. It’s divine.
After (Check out the hand knit checkered green blanket made my my late grandma. We found this wrapped around her kitchen table that we recently inherited. The table was stored for 17 years, and when we recently pulled it out of storage, we found this blanket wrapped around the table. Lucky us, plus, it matches the room perfectly!)
The former dining room connected to the kitchen but was separated by a wall.
After: Now the keeping room is open to the kitchen.
After: In my opinion, it’s just so cozy.
I bought two of the round pictured mirrors for 25 bucks at a garage sale. They were originally hung over two girls’ twin beds. Not sure what I’ll do with the second, but I’m thinking.
I found the pottery barn piece of furniture (cabinet located between the chairs) on Craigslist for a third of what it cost retail, and it was NIB. It had never even been opened. This piece is meant to be used as a media cabinet; the mini drawers are actually two cabinet doors that swing open with shelving inside. We keep place mats and such inside. This was a serendipitous find.
readers, get to see the corner mess complete with garbage
can, drinks, and usually recycling.
My MIL comically refers to our keeping room
as the wine room. I bought the Bombay wine
rack at a church garage sale years ago for $15.
It has served us well.
This paint color made me very nervous on the paint swatch. I was extremely uncomfortable with this one – more so than any of the others.
In retrospect, this shade that we dub, avacado green, is my favorite color out of all the rooms we painted. It was more bold and edgy than I wanted, but in the end, I absolutely love the shade. It’s Shervin Wiliams, Edgy Gold, and I’m thrilled that we went out on the edge!
Don’t be afraid to try something new. This room is completely different, primarily due to paint! The power of paint is amazing and oh-so-cheap comparatively speaking.
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