Lucy’s dining room is like a little treasure trove of vintage furniture finds! We lucked out (big time) on some of these! As a reminder, her dining room had some darker pieces that she was excited to move or to donate during her big home refresh.
Here’s one of the first drawings we did while brainstorming ideas. A lot of these ideas ended up happening, but a few big things ended up changing, for sure! The scale of a few of the furniture pieces needed to be tweaked once we got the measurements of the space.
The dining table was our first score here in Phoenix. Check out those crazy legs!
The table top was not in great shape, but luckily I’ve had some experience with repairing cracked veneer with Bondo (here’s a little tutorial from another vintage table I fixed up that we still use in our studio).
Once the Bondo had cured and been sanded smooth, we primed and painted the table Simply White in Benjamin Moore’s Advance line paint – our favorite for painting cabinets and furniture! We used the same paint in Classic Gray (probably my favorite light gray color ever) on this Lane credenza we got off Craigslist. The wood was pretty before, but it was really chipped on the side panels and there wasn’t much to do to salvage it. I love how paint transforms old furniture!
Kayla scrubbed the hardware with Barkeeper’s Friend and it looks completely new! We tried Brasso first and it made the pulls all splotchy and weird but the BKF worked like magic! Usually one of the two works for me on different brass finishes – it just takes some experimenting!
Lucy wanted more storage in her dining room and a little desk area to work. We found this perfect little Danish secretary that has a pull-out top and lots of drawers at a local shop called Zinnia’s from a seller called Mathematica Modern (a FAVORITE place to check for affordable MCM pieces!)
We cleaned it up with a little Danish Oil and it looks brand new in Lucy’s dining room!
And how amazing are those maps hanging above the secretary?? Jordan Ferney texted me while we were driving the U-haul to California and was like “I wish you were coming to SF this week so I could take you to this amazing flea market that only happens once a year” and I was like “GIRL I AM DRIVING TO SF RIGHT NOW!!” We met her at the White Elephant sale in Oakland and we scored lots of cool accessories and art especially, though there were tons of furniture pieces I wish I had had more room for!
We got this amazing shipping map of the British Isles and we hung it next to one of Lucy’s favorite maps that we reframed in a vintage frame and mat we found at the White Elephant sale. I love how the colors work next to each other! It was like they were meant to be!
I also love how they play off the color of the Dash & Albert rug! How great is that grid pattern? I want this for my living room. It so soft and SO well-made (like all of the Annie Selke products!)
The dining chairs though – they take the cake for me!! The chairs we had originally ordered didn’t quite make it in time for the shoot. So we shopped around at local stores and tried to find a good replacement. We thought about these – a great size and quality for the price! We even bought four of them just to have on hand in case nothing else worked out.
We had been checking Craigslist like crazy during the week, and while SF has THE MOST AMAZING Craigslist I’ve ever seen, nothing was quite fitting the bill. Then at the last possible moment, these babies popped up. Clouds parted. Angels sang.
Kate quickly ran into the city to pick them up before the shoot and they were perfectly perfect for the room. What luck, right?
The last pieces of the room came together quickly. We picked up a fiddle leaf fig tree at Home Depot…
And we spray painted this IKEA chandelier white. It is SO great in that room. It hard to see in this photos, but I love the pattern it makes on the ceiling at night!
We hung the art last. The GIANT 40×60″ art print completely makes the whole room come together. We needed the warm color and texture in here, and Lucy loves natural themes in her art choices. This one jumped out to her immediately when we were sending her ideas and I’m so thrilled that Eventide Collective worked with us to print a custom size and Simply Framed did an amazing job with the clean, modern white frame! We also got the smaller leaning art print from Eventide Collective. I love the little hit of pink in here!
There were a lot of happy accidents that made this room come together! Pretty much every major piece in here ended up being different than what we planned for, but I think in the end, it works well with the living room design (which has a lot more going on). I like that the look in here is softer and a little more subtle!
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