Part of me wishes I had never known that the deadline was extended a week, because I would be enjoying my pretty new dining room right now. But no, the deadline was pushed out, and I’m pushing out the panic one more week. It’s not that nothing is getting done – lots is getting done! There has been some divine design intervention, let me tell you. This post has some affiliate links.
As you might remember, choosing some upholstered chairs for the ends of my dining room table has been on my list since this project started. But I’ve had some anxiety in pulling the trigger and buying online, especially when I read reviews that say, “Color isn’t as it appears online.” Yikes. This is one of those purchases that I want to see in person, to be certain that it’s what I want
because I’d rather go to the dentist than have to return a large item like this.
So what do I do? I stop by Restoration Hardware Outlet again just to see if they might have some upholstered chairs, even though they had nothing just a week ago. Well, would you believe it…
What are the odds?!? And they are exactly what I wanted – sloped arms and everything! They even have casters. And the price – originally marked at $475 each, marked down to $311, with another 30% off. Score! I practically ran out the door with them. Well, I rolled out the door with them.
The chandelier (also from Restoration Hardware Outlet) was installed last week, and despite a glitch with the shade (they originally installed it upside down, ironically making it look like a coffin – not the look I was going for if you’ll remember). But once they got that sorted out, we were good to go.
And the drapes. Oh. my. goodness. They’re so beautiful, and I know my mom is on the verge of a nervous breakdown in finishing them, but they are perfection. My dad has been helping too, telling me about how he used the Pythagorean Theorem to make sure everything was square.
In order to keep my mother from disowning me, I am not doing a band of fabric, but rather a border of trim. The band of fabric would probably send her over the edge, so I figured it should be pretty simple to find trim, right? The lady at the fabric store said I could even use grosgrain ribbon. Sure, no problem. Well, if you look closely at the fabric, it’s not navy, it’s more of an indigo color. And you don’t full appreciate this until you hold something that’s a true navy against it.
So, four stores and six hours later, I go online and discover a perfect indigo trim that was in the same book as my fabric. It was on the spendy side, but it arrived today, and is the perfect shade of indigo blue.
And as for artwork, last week, Cyndi, a smart reader, suggested buying digital art via Etsy and having it printed and framed with a “standard” sized frame that’s easily available. Brilliant! I loved the artwork she suggested too! Something like this abstract artwork would be a neat contrast to the traditional elements that I have going on in here, and it will be a lot easier to pull together!
As for the dirty little secret, I’m sharing this with you because I feel like we’re friends, and friends know that things don’t always look that great when you look closely. So, let’s take a close look at my floors when I moved my buffet to paint the walls. I seriously can’t believe I’m sharing this, so please, be kind.
See that line? That’s not a shadow. That’s a line dividing the clean floor vs. the dirty floor. Um, yeah. Gross. These floors are pretty (while clean), but super porous, and dirt just gravitates and settles in. I have called for quotes to clean them professionally, but keep hearing that it’s crazy expensive (and we have a lot of this tile in our house).
So, I have decided to tackle these floors myself, and after reading rave reviews, bought this Oreck Orbiter Floor Machine. I have scrubbers and cleaners and I know I’m going to have to seal it as well. I will be the guinea pig in testing this to see if it works. The great thing is that it’s good on carpet and hardwood floors too. So, I’ll make sure to give you the play by play when I put it to work. Until then, let’s pretend like we never had this conversation.
I really hope it works, because you know how I feel about returning things.
If you’ve missed anything and are looking to catch up – check out the progress here:
Stay tuned for the big reveal next week! I’m really excited to share the final result.
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