When we moved into our 1960’s house two years ago….it looked like it belonged in a good 80’s movie. Big ugly ornate dining room fixture, hospital colored walls, terrible curtains and even more terrible furnishings. (all my opinion obviously). But moving on…..the reason we loved the house despite its dated style, was that it was pretty much a clean slate. If you could look past the brass chandelier, huge flowered curtains…the dark woodwork and bad furniture….we had some decent things to work with. Here is the only before shot that I have…..boo….but I think you get the general idea.
I did not want to spend a ton of money, but really wanted this to be a cool, yet casual room. It opens up to the rest of the house, so I did not want it to be formal. Our house is a house that gets lived in. With 3 kids…I cannot have things that are not practical. We started by ripping out the curtains and the light fixture. We painted the entire room a dark dark grey….I love how the color turned out. We bought this Ikea light fixture and I did a big hack on it…..you can read the tutorial here: http://thecampbell5.com/2013/06/17/ikea-light-hack/ I am a huge fan of Mid-Century Modern….and scored this dining table on Craigslist. I love how the vintage table looks with the casual, but modern chairs.
The Gold mirror was also a vintage find….It came with a mid century dresser and I did not need it. So I spray painted it gold. The vintage fruit prints are from old Sunset Magazine clippings. I had them printed and framed them with inexpensive Ikea frames. The Chevron rug is from http://www.rugsusa.com Although I love Chevron…..I also think it is WAY overdone….but , It was on clearance for $99. I could not pass it up. On the other wall hangs random prints I have purchased through the years from ETSY.
On another wall hangs the bamboo sunburst mirror that I made for under $30. It is sort of a fragile piece (its needed some repair after a dinner party or two :). So this wall is the perfect spot for it. There is not much traffic here, but it adds something different to the space. The tutorial for this project can be found here: http://thecampbell5.com/2013/06/25/bamboo-sunburst-mirror/
You can see it in this picture as well. The curtains are just fabric that I purchased from one of my favorite sites….http://www.fabric.com They have a huge selection and you can always google to find coupons for free shipping, etc. The fabric is just hemmed at the bottom with hem tape and the curtain rod has those clips at the top….easy peesy Can you spy the two cute monkeys clowning around in this picture?? My sweet niece Molly and my youngest monkey Lincoln.
This is the last corner of the room. The picture is a favorite of mine. It is a close shot of the streets of New York. My youngest brother in law gave it to me for Christmas one year. I think he bought it at Urban Outfitters. He is 8 years younger than me and this picture will always be special, because he chose it all by himself and knew that I would love it.
So there you have it…..Progress…..stay tuned for more House Tour posts to come. Thank you also to my AMAZING younger sister for taking the AFTER pictures. She is a talented Photographer here in Portland. http://www.lindseylyonsphotography.com Check her out. You will not be disappointed.