Thursday, December 20, 2012

Time For Fine Dining!

It's time for a little fine dining and I am here to show you part one of the dining room transformation at the Coral Cottage!  

Remember the little mid-century modern dresser that was being used as a sideboard in the cottage "before"?

Well here it is now!  We painted it with Sherwin Williams 6606 Coral Reef and doesn't it look cheery?  My friend Loretta also polished up the metal on the handles.

Next it was time for some art work.  I found some coral prints on Etsy by an artist named Tessyla.  She customized the prints for me with the color I wanted.   FYI she has lots of different designs in different sizes and colors and they are reasonably priced.

Jane Coslick and I wanted to avoid the room becoming too matchy-matchy so we chose to use a color for the mats that was different from the blues and corals found in the rest of the room.  I bought ready-made, matted frames from Target and, using a small rubber roller to give a smooth look, I painted the white mats with a small sample can of Benjamin Moore HC-1.  The framing looks custom and expensive but it's not!

Peter is hanging the pictures in a grouping above the sideboard.

Last, but not least, we added some pretties to the top of the sideboard.  My lamp has already been shown--it was the first lamp I ever owned, given to me as a wedding shower present by my mom.  I bought a new shade for it at Wal-Mart and it looks very happy.

One day in the summer I stumbled across this find at CostPlus World Market:

The coral serving pieces mixed with a simple clear plastic bowl from Target just make me happy!

Finally, we added a few flowers....

....and there you have it!

We will finish this up tomorrow!


  1. Hello, I find your simple yet worth reading. I believe that sometimes we should put time for fine dining. Anyways, I love the cabinet and whats above that looks cool. You did a good job. Big thanks for sharing this.

    1. Zumi, thank you so much for your comment on my blog! It is amazing what some simple changes like paint can make, isn't it? I'm so happy to have you reading along and I hope you will stop by and comment often!