Sunday, August 16, 2009

"Beach House Chic"



Last week's Met Monday I posted on a craft project using frames I found on clearance, ribbon and shells. I grouped them in sets of three for a crisp wall treatment.
This week I promised to share the room I used them in, which had just recently been updated.




The room I redesigned was my dining room condo, at the beach on James Island. This is where my daughters live while attending Dental School at the Medical University of South Carolina.

Here is the only "before" picture I could find to show you. It's a view from the kitchen into the dining room. It was dark and the table was way too small. The girls complained that the chairs were too hard and uncomfortable.





I wanted to use a small buffet table in there, but everything I found was to big and bulky for this room, so I bought a plain, brown sofa table at Goodwill and painted and white washed it for a beachy look. ( Sorry I forgot to take a before shot). The only problem was that it was the same height as the dining table, so it didn't look right. What I need to do was to make it taller, so I scratched my head and headed over to Home Depot. I looked everywhere for something that I could put under the legs to make it taller, but ran out of options.... or so I thought... until I kept walking over to the fences and posts.







I saw these fence post toppers and was excited to see if they would be the right size if I just turned them upside down.....



First I sprayed them with Kilz primer....










Then I whitewashed them to match the table and EURIKA !! From sofa table to buffet!!!! They were the perfect size for the legs and if I say so myself, the perfect little shoes it needed.





This starburst mirror was on clearance at TJmaxx.... It was the perfect size and shape. Just the wrong color.... it was gold. (I can't believe I didn't take a before shot, again).
After spraying it a shiny silver and hot gluing small mirror squares to it, I was so pleased with the results.





























A brass chandelier was painted ivory for a lighter look.









































This great piece was found of Craig's List for $40. It was bright white and in perfect condition. I white-washed it for that beachy look and found the RELAX sign at a garage sale for $2.
The girls needed a place for purses and shoe storage, this really hit the mark.



I wanted to give them (and myself) a much more relaxed room, where they could study or enjoy a nice dinner party with friends and play cards or board games.

The first thing I decided on was the wall color. I had seen it in a model home and loved it. It's called "Seasalt" by Sherwin Williams. It's the most pleasant, clean and spa- like color. I lucked out on finding these chairs on Craig's list. Perfect color and they are sooo comfortable. I was going to skirt them, but thought that they looked more modern just like they are. I wanted to use mostly sandy colors...furniture as well as window treatments.


Thanks for coming by, hope you stop at Susan's Between Naps on the Porch and Rhoda's Southern Hospitality for some more transformations!

42 comments:

jskell911 said...

I love what you have done in there. That use of the fence toppers was ingenious!

Thoughtfully blended hearts said...

Beautiful redo...lucky girls to have a DIY Mom like you!!!

claudie said...

WOW WOW I LOVE IT!
Your make-over is fab.
Totally Beach House for sure.
I must be on the look out for those fence toppers. What a great idea.
Happy MM
Love Claudie
xo

Pearl Maple said...

Well done! From cute little feet to darling wall hangings this is a fantastic make over. Thanks for sharing the ideas with us all.

susan said...

Wow! I thought students were supposed to suffer and live in drab surroundings :) You have thought of every detail to make it both gorgeous and fuctional! Lucky girls!

Enchanted Rose Studio said...

Chic dininroom is right! So beautifully done! I love the way your buffet came out! Great idea to add height! The wall color is beautiful! The sunburst mirror is stunning and I love the chairs. Looks like it is straight out of a decor magazine. Beautiful job!

Tina

Mary Ellen (megardengal) said...

Such a clever idea of adding the feet to bring height to that side table!! I will have to try and remember that trick!! Love the room!

Lisa Shatzer said...

The room looks great1!

Michelle@Sweet Something said...

Love your whole room! I've used the shorter, fatter fence-post-things on a dresser, looked like bun feet without the price!

Atticmag said...

That was brilliant! Thanks for the great idea. Visiting for the first time for Met. Monday, Best Jane T.

Queen B. said...

WOW-WEEEEEEEEEE ! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE IT ALL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
GREAT IDEA FOR THE SHELLS & frames.
I'll have to do that !!!!!!!

Kitty Scraps said...

Now that was a marriage made in heaven ~ your fence post toppers and your sofa table, one word PERFECTION! OK two words, CLEVER *smiles* I think your beach house chic dining room makeover nailed it! Fabulous job!

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Oh, I just love, love your room!! What a great job on those little shell prints, those are so cute. Love the Sea Salt & I saw it first in a showhouse too & fell in love with it. I think you have to have a room with a little natural light to pull it off & yours looks fantastic.

What a brilliant idea on the sofa table & adding the feet. Those fence finials are perfect for your table & you were clever to think of that.

Daryl said...

Just came across your blog for the first time and will be sure to stop back. I love the table and mirror most out of all you did, but the overall effect is great. I saw the mirror at TJ Maxx a few days ago, so know exactly what it looked like. Great vision :)

Bonnie said...

OMG! Gorgeous! You did a fantastic job! And I love what you did with those picture frames, I'm sooo gonna steal that idea.

FOR THE SAKE OF TIME said...

Every thing you have used in this is just wonderful. How smart to use the fence post tops. The mirror is one I certainly would buy if I found it.

Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful week.

Charla

Judy said...

The whole room is so pretty! I would say you've outdone yourself but you always do a good job.

Hugs!
Judy

Cheri Peoples said...

Wow-it all looks amazing. Love the bench-been wanting hubby to make me one.

Come for a visit.
Cheri
Its So Very Cheri

Debbie @ ribbonwoodcottage.blogspot.com said...

Wow, I loved the entire tour. Love all the creative ideas...big and small...that you have done. It just looks warm, relaxing and very inviting. I'm sure people ooh and aaah when they walk in the room for the first time. I know I would. Great post.
Debbie

Jane said...

Thanks for the tour. What a lovely place for your daughters to live!
Your idea for the fence post finials is brilliant!

Thanks for sharing...
Jane (Artfully Graced)

Lou Cinda said...

I LOVE this!! Every bit of it looks so good! Lucky girls!!!

Lou Cinda

salmagundi said...

That's the perfect metamorphosis! Lucky girls and Mom as I know they made you proud, also. Beautiful. Sally

Terry said...

The fence topper: one of those great Home Depot revelations (other people seem to have them, but I don't). The tall table worked out great. I like the 3 heights: basket, dining table, side table. Thanks.

squawmama said...

I love what you did with this room... It is just incredible but then again I am partial to the beach look... Very nice!!!

(((HUGS)))
Donna

beachy keen girl said...

I love everything about this. I love the beach house feel! I totally loved the shells and frames. Great job.

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

Rose...what a great makeover of this room! Your girls must love it! Love the starburst piece over the table...it really looks great in silver. And the new shoes on your table are perfect! Really dressed it up, as well as raised it...great idea! Fantastic Met Monday post...loved it! :-) Susan

Joanie @ The Bright Side said...

Lovely, lovely, lovely! Just love the colors and textures. Everything! Looks like a wonderful place to relax or entertain.

Domestic Designer said...

What a wonderful look. You are so creative. Your daughters are really lucky!

Pinky said...

Rose, this make over is AWESOME!!! I LOOVE every detail! The mirror is gorgeous and the buffet is perfect now! Also love the new chairs, what great finds! I wish you had posted pics of the tablesetting!!!!! I was STRAINING trying to see it:):):) Hugs, Pinky

santamaker said...

Hi Pinky,
Thanks for coming by ! You know, I'm sneaky....saved the tablesetting picts. for Tablescape Thursday...so stay tuned! Thanks for asking!

Picket said...

Morning girl..what a beautiful transformation! It gave the room a totally different feel and I love the idea of those fence toppers..I have a little table in the shed that I am wanting to make taller and that would be perfect! I bet your daughters feel so special having such a beautiful room and such a beautiful and talented mom....hope you have a glorious week sweetie.

Miss Laura Lu/RMS4291960 said...

Oh my gosh!!! You need to be on Design Star! They haven't done anything as nice as this! I love this room and all the things you've done! What lucky daughters! God Bless! Lauralu :)

Wendy said...

That turned out SO pretty!

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Rose, you never cease to amaze me! Those fence topper feet are perfection! It looks like they were supposed to be on the table and they added a unique style to the table as well as raising it! Your mirror looks gorgeous! What a pretty dining area, and I cannot believe you found those great chairs on Craigslist! I love anything that has storage in it, and your bench with hooks is so pretty with the white wash on it. What lucky girls to get to live there while they go to school. laurie

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

OMG this is so good! Love the colors you chose, the pretty whitewashing,all your pretty little touches. The legs you made for the table are perfect and thinking outside the box! Cindy

A Southern Sanctuary said...

what a great room! I have those same chairs and have several times to sell them on Craigslist in the Dallas area. I get tons of calls but no one ever comes to see them. I have six of them and two have arms on them.

Love the fence post idea. How smart you are!

Diane @ Four Paws and Co said...

You're so clever! The table turned out beautifully & no one would ever guess the "shoes" were actually fence caps. You've found some wonderful treasures on Craigs List. It's a beautiful room! ☺ Diane

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Rose...girl this is just Beautiful my friend...what can't you do...I loved seeing it all...BRAVO!! to you my friend...May you have a great weekend...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Justine said...

Um, Rose? You are a GENIUS! I cannot believe the difference in this room. It's amazing! Why don't you do decorating for a living? My God, the talent you have is coming out your ears!
There isn't one little thing in this room I would change. It's PERFECT.

Justine :o )

Shari @ My Cottage of Bliss said...

I love everything about this room. And I do mean EVERYTHING! It is just so beautiful. I am especially drawn to the serene wall color and I could be very easily tempted to repaint in the beachy bedroom I am working on...the room I just painted about a month ago! I am very intrigued by the shell "tassels" on the lamps. Would you please share the details of what/where/how?

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

You are a design genious! I love how the room looks!

Makes me want to pick up some paint and paint!!! and find something to put fence toppers on!

Amazing!

Blessings & aloha!!!

The Crazy Suburban Mom said...

Wow, this is beyond lovely. I adore it. Love the way you customized the table and the starburst wall mirror.. This is an amazing transformation