February After Party!

Welcome welcome welcome to the February After Party!

Shine Your Light
It’s time to link up the fruits of your labors this month!  Did you start a project?  A health plan?  A goal to write a little bit each day?  If you got any project off the ground, I want to hear about it.  That’s what these Before & After Linky Parties are all about – to give you the motivation to get started!

That being said, my own project for the month of February was to start pulling together my master bedroom.  As I confessed this week, I got sidetracked from this project when we found ourselves with a dining room.  We recently finished our basement, and the furniture that was taking up space in the official dining room went down there.

Someday in the future we envision a huge farm table in here, something along these lines….

{Country Living}

Until we make that purchase down the road, we had planned to use this room for the family computer and printer, where our kids could work on school projects.  However, we spontaneously decided to move our kitchen table into the dining room instead.

Where once the table and six chairs seemed ginormous in the kitchen…..

they’re like a tiny island in the middle of the vast ocean of the dining room!

That’s how the dining room unexpectedly became my big project for the month of February.  I painted the walls (Ben Moore’s Edgecomb Gray on the top – leftover from the basement, and White Dove in semi-gloss for the chair rail and below – leftover from the rest of the trim painting in our house.)

Then – the major project – I set to work to revive the tired table and chairs that have seen my children through from babyhood to the onset of the teens.   I estimate we’ve sat at this table for somewhere in the area of 13,650 meals and an untold number of arts and crafts in it’s 13 years!  They’ve been banged up and disrespected by my munchkins many a time, earning them frequent paint jobs.   I really need this set to power through for a couple more years, so it was time for a another facelift.  Finally, two weeks after I started stripping and painting, we can actually sit down to this table for meals again!! {More on that process at a later date!}

Here’s a peek into our living room – we have tons of room to extend our table for the holidays.  {And yes, the living room is half furnished all of a sudden.   We’re playing musical furniture in this house right now!}
The tabletop looks black in most of these pictures, but it actually has a lot of the rich red mahogany stain peeking through, which I love!

The rest of the room is a blank canvas that I’m fired up to work on!  (If you didn’t weigh in yet, what do you think of my idea for the mirror wall???  Please, please, please give this girl some advice!)

This is where my head’s at right now for the room – what are your thoughts?  I love the colors in the Pottery Barn vignette (#5) – whites & browns with a pop of color.  I want to keep it neutral enough that I can change it up throughout the year.

{1. Lowes, 2. Southern Living, 3. Home Decorators, 4. Sunset, 5. Pottery Barn}

We have a seagrass rug in another room that has held up great over the years, so we’re in the market for another one for this room.  Love the texture and warmth it brings.  I also plan on hanging either dark or light bamboo shades flanked by simple white panels either edged with grosgrain ribbon, like I did in the adjoining living room, or bordered with a patterned fabric.

I’m excited to have this dining room to decorate and best of all – share meals in with our family and friends!!  Between having our house on the market forever and then moving and renovating, we haven’t entertained much in the last couple of years.  It’s time peeps!!!

Enough about my February project – let’s see your before and afters!  Link up a blog post (or if you don’t have a blog, email me some before and after photos and I’ll share with the world.  You’ll be downright famous!)  This link party will be open until Friday, March 2.

  • By linking up your blog post, you give me your permission to share your project, pictures and blog link on Before & After Feature Fridays (the Fridays in between the first and last Fridays of the month.)  I love featuring your amazing projects!!
  • Please copy the Before and After button off my sidebar or link back to Shine Your Light somewhere in your post.  This is required to be featured.  Spread the love!
  • Please link to your specific Before & After post url, not the general url to your blog.
Let’s celebrate what you accomplished this month!  I’m excited that this blog hop is encouraging some of you to get going on something you’ve been wanting to do.  Last’s month’s AFTERS were just plain awesome and I can’t wait to see what you have this month!  

Rock on, goal achievers!!