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by Shawni

This was our dining room a long time ago:
It held no furniture for YEARS (but it was a great dance/gymnastics room).

Then we finally filled it up:
And spruced it up a little bit with this molding:
Here is the finished product from one angle:

And here it is from the other direction:
(This is where we have Sunday dinner.)

That wall over yonder is my favorite part. Denise saw these old, rusty window panes at this antique shop and told me I needed them. She has vision. I do not. (I love her.)

Dave’s comment when he saw those heavy metal things was that we needed to make sure we were all caught up with our tetanus shots.

But I LOVE how they turned out.

Denise had the idea to put a bunch of dining stuff in each frame, but I could never find enough stuff, so I got foam core board cut to fit in each frame, covered each one with white coarse linen, and stuck in pictures of places we’ve been (you know how I salivate over traveling the world). We like to talk about those places over Sunday dinner.

And it means something to all of us.

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dg darling May 24, 2010 - 1:14 pm

You salivate over traveling….I salivate over your dining room!

Loooove it!

sara@augustfields May 24, 2010 - 1:29 pm

shawni….it has really come a long way! your dining room is beautiful….lots of wonderful memories to be had around that table i'm sure 🙂

very clever with the foam board to be able to switch out pics easily 🙂

Dana at StrawberryTart! May 24, 2010 - 1:31 pm

I love it! I think the molding made the room!

sevenalstons May 24, 2010 - 1:34 pm

Absolutely gorgeous!

donna May 24, 2010 - 1:40 pm

great idea. ; )

Jaimie May 24, 2010 - 1:56 pm

loove it!

Susan May 24, 2010 - 2:18 pm

Just beautiful. I would love to know what your paint colors are. We are repainting and I can't decide.

Susan May 24, 2010 - 2:22 pm

Gorgeous room, Shawni! You have amazing taste!!

Katy May 24, 2010 - 2:22 pm

Gorgeous! I love how light and fresh the room feels.

Carin May 24, 2010 - 2:27 pm

Shawni, this is beautiful! I just love it!

ChadnWendy May 24, 2010 - 3:34 pm

Love it! Looks so great! I love how you seem to have a lot of natural light flowing through the windows too!

Vera May 24, 2010 - 3:56 pm

That wall of pictures is FABULOUS!!!!

Krystle May 24, 2010 - 4:05 pm

I love your dining room and I don't remember if I commented on your post about your living room remodel but I love that room too! HA!

Linds May 24, 2010 - 4:48 pm

It turned out beautifully.

Things I love:

That you got rid of the area rug! I like that it gives the space a fresh, clean look.

The window pane turned picture frames. The foam core board, linen and tiny push pins are such a great idea. I may have to use this one some day.

And the finishing touches with the molding, white mirror frame, and painting the bronze wall hanging blue.

AmyMak May 24, 2010 - 5:29 pm

Love this. I'm inspired!

seven smiles May 24, 2010 - 5:59 pm

LOVE the molding,
and how did you re-paint/treat that dark wall-carving-thing-ee?
I really like the update on that. I have some pieces that I like and still want to use, but they need a little change.

Crystal May 24, 2010 - 6:20 pm

I love that you decorate with pictures. I have almost only pictures on my walls and LOVE every single one of them. I wonder sometimes if people think its a little overkill. But, thats the first thing people compliment always. Looks great!

Karin @ 6ByHisDesign May 24, 2010 - 7:13 pm

you have no vision my tail feathers! GREAT – now I'm on the lookout for amazing-keep-your-tetanus-shots-uptodate-window-frames. Thanks. Thanks a lot.


p.s. haha! my word veri is 'dines' how appropriate. maybe better would be:

Jamie C. May 24, 2010 - 8:05 pm

I think it is so smart to switch from light carpet to the dark carpet on the stairs. It gives a nice contrast, and being such a high traffic area, it's probably a lot easier to keep clean looking. I really like it!

Sarah May 24, 2010 - 9:55 pm

Shawni that is AWESOME! The furniture doesn't even look the same!

Shannon May 25, 2010 - 12:13 am

I love how you "framed" your traveling pictures. Thanks for showing me how to do it.

Melissa May 25, 2010 - 2:50 am

I love it!!! I love your decorating style. I loved your living room and I love the dining room too!!

Christine May 25, 2010 - 4:23 am

Oh my! IT is stunning! I love the rustic window panes and the pictures inside. So sorry about your fish! 🙁

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality May 25, 2010 - 2:12 pm

Wow, what a beautiful DR! I love all the personal touches & the window travel pics are gorgeous. Job well done!

The DIY Show Off June 5, 2010 - 7:49 pm

Oh wow! What a beautiful room! I love your style.

I'm doing a post with DIY window projects and was referred to you by Kristy at Sliding Down the Stairs. I love what you've done and if you're interested in me including a picture and link, I'd love to 'show it off' for you and have it in the collection (or in showing off your makeover – let me know!). 🙂

Have a wonderful weekend!
Nice to "meet" you.


Tracy June 20, 2010 - 12:50 pm

You have a beautiful home (and family!). How did you do the molding in your dining room? We are about ready to embark on this project, and I can't find this style anywhere. Is there a name for it? Thanks a ton!


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