Dining Room and China Cabinet UpdateAnother nice thing about getting new carpet and having the walls painted, it gave a clean slate to work with. While cleaning the cabinet, there was one thing that I really didn't care for on the cabinet and that was the panels that are in front of the glass on the front of the cabinet and doors. mainly because whatever was placed in the china cabinet it couldn't really be seen for the panels and it being so dark in color.
Facing the good, bad and ugly... and that is exactly what took place when new carpet, and new paint was done in the living room and dining room. I really never cared for the color of the walls in both areas, but with the high ceilings paint was always put off, until a couple of weeks ago and now I am so happy it was done. Here is the bad part…packing it up and removing all of it (which by the way most of it is still packed). The good part.. is I am realizing that less is more. I still can't believe how we got so much in one area and how much was collected over the years.
There are a few pieces I just won't paint and this cabinet is one of them along with the dining room set. So to lighten it up I added some of my white pitchers, other white dishes and simply removing the panels, but by rooming the panels I need to find something to fill in the void between the glass and frame. After pondering on this I finally came up with this solution by using quake hold. Nice thing it can be removed and panels can be put back if someday I wish to do that.
I just took some small pieces of the putty and placed it in the corners and in the middle of the each side of the glass. In the above picture I left it like this only to show..it was cleaned up from the sides and pushed in further so it wouldn't show.
To balance out the dark and the light, I added some white floating shelves I dry brushed with some metallic glaze and added some small white pitchers and platters and embellished the shelves with some tan and brown floral pieces.
On the right I used some metallic glazes and painted the picture frame to tie in the grey and goldfish color in the table cloth, curtains and throw pillow.
On the small wall I added a sconce that also ways painted with the metallic glazes.
So... it may have been a pain to pack, remove and unpack, I am loving the results. Loving the more simple and not so cluttered dining room. Was it worth it? Yes it was!!! Still so much more to do, but I do know some of the boxes will stay packed or donated to Mom! What she doesn't want will be donated.
Just a short note to say "it pays to be the hands of the voice and ideas"!! I get first pick!! Yes!!
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