Well, as we discussed in this post here, I ended up painting all the walls in the dining room dark gray (Martha Stewart’s “Zinc”). I’m definitely loving the much moodier vibe it has now. The dining room is so small, the dark walls almost recede and make it feel a little more spacious in person. Plus, they look A-MAZING with the new/old mid century chandelier ($35 Craigslist score!) that I recently installed myself…
It’s also so very difficult to take a good picture of the space since it is so tiny, and I only have two viable angles – shooting through the small doorway from the kitchen, or from the large doorway in the living room straight into the window.
You might also notice a dining room table swap…
I brought in my burl patchwork dining table and disassembled the faux bamboo table to sell on Craigslist. Still firmly divided between painting the chairs white or painting them black… Keep in mind, the china cabinet is moving, as it cramps the teeny tiny room, so that source of brightness will be gone. I don’t want the room to be too dark, but I’m just picturing a silky matte black and loving the mental image!
I’ve never understood “smoked glass” before, but it is so perfect and slightly pearlescent on these shades! The faceted bulbs in the chandelier (all working, all included in the $35 purchase price – score!) cast a very pretty pattern on the ceiling at night, too!
All, in all, I’m very happy with how the dining room is coming along! It’s not done by any means – the china cabinet is moving, I’m going to make/buy curtains, the chairs will be reupholstered and painted, I would love to put down a rug to anchor the dining table – but one step at a time. This is what it looked like with the half-white, half-gray walls and the original ceiling fan (blades were removed when I was working on the ceilings in here):
And now for comparison:
What do you think of the new paint color and the new chandelier? Did I hang it too high? (I have more chain links I can add if so. It doesn’t feel too high in person, but it looks short in these photos…) Any guesses where this bitty dining room will go next?