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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

RED Dining Room Wall and Vintage RED Chairs

Ever since I was a teenager and started day-dreaming about my own home (yes, that is what I thought about when I was a teenager, being a homemaker!), I wanted a RED dining room. When we moved into our home late last summer, my dream finally came true. The dining room wall was a mustard orange/yellow color sponged on the wall. It looked neat but not my color or style, it was one of the first walls I painted.

Before


After


I also wanted to share the three pictures on our dining room wall, by Warren Kimble, one of my favorite artists. I love his vintage charm, sometimes I think I was born at the wrong time! His pictures remind me of simpler times and often have lots of RED in them.

One of my favorites, an old school house



Now that we actually have a dining room when needed a table. We were blessed by our neighbors giving us a table that seats ten. The only catch, it didn't come with chairs. At some point I've seen in Country Living Magazine (my favorite magazine, SO inspiring!) a table with mixed/matched chairs and I really liked it. I was delighted when I found four very old chairs at a yard sale last summer for only $5 each. Two are black and two are RED. The RED chairs do need some love! I've decided to leave the old chipping paint but am going to spray a clear coat over the top to prevent further cracking. This summer I'll be on the look out for more old chairs to add to the set.



Today I'm linking up to Rednesday over at It's A Very Cherry World and Vintage Thingies Thursday at The Colorado Lady. Be sure to hop on over and visit the other participants!

33 comments:

Ann said...

Those red chairs are cool! I love them. I hope that you can find more this summer to complete your collection!
Have a great Memorial Day weekend.
Fondly,
Ann
@
The Tattered Tassel

Postcardy said...

I need a new kitchen chair and one like yours would be perfect.

SueLovesCherries said...

I am SO glad you painted the dining room! Warren Kimble is a great artist.

Super idea with the chairs - I hope you find lots more interesting ones!

craftyles said...

What a difference. Love that you are leaving the chippy look on the red chairs. I also love the pic's on the wall. I have a Warren Kimble print in my hallway. I love it!

Shelley Germann said...

Great score! Those chairs are awesome and twice as much at those prices!

LV said...

With love and tender care, you will have a nice table and chairs soon. You did very well on your shopping.

Grannys Attic said...

I love the red chairs so much charcter. Thanks for sharing, Vicky

FLOWERSHOPGURL said...

I love red, so red chairs are beautiful to me! I agree about just clear coating them to protect the paint. They are perfect just as they are, chippy and all!
Hugz,
Kim

Melody said...

Wow Sarah! Love the look. And, you're not odd. I was 10 when I started 'collecting' things for my own 'place someday'. By the time I was 18 my parents said most young ladies had hope chests...lol...I had a 'Hope Basement'.

Coloradolady said...

What great chairs....I too love that look and have been on the lookout on some well made vintage chairs....I am patient and know I will find them for the right price. Love what you did with the red, it is lovely...much better than what you came in to!! Have a great VTT!

Brambleberry Cottage said...

Terrific red chairs! I really like chippy furniture and have quite a bit of it. The top coat will definitely help keep things from chipping more.

I'm visiting from the Coloradolady. Please stop by my cottage for a visit and peek at the details for the three linky parties I'm starting up the first week of June.

Have a wonderful Memorial weekend!

Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage

P. said...

Your red wall is divine and really accents the great artwork. Love the mix-and-match table and chairs idea! Hope a few more turn up for you.

Liz said...

CUTE! I love the little old chairs. They'll be perfect with a clear coat!

~Liz

Elizabeth said...

I love the red wall and those chairs are divine!

fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

such pretty chairs you have and yeap mix and match always looks good on any simple and easy home decor! can't wait to see the full setting! thanks for sharing and happy VTT

Sarah said...

Love your red wall. I also have a very large table...seats about 10...but right now it only seats 6 as the chairs are super wide. Like you, I think it would be neat to have a bunch of mismatched chairs and have been watching out for them lately in my shopping excursions :) Hope you have a great VTT and thanks for sharing!

Sarah

Ulla said...

Great job with the dining room. The chairs look cute, I hope you find some more to make a collection of 10.

Charlotte said...

Love the red wall! i tried that in my living room once and loved it. Thanks for not stripping the chairs!

Sherrie said...

I wouldn't have changed those chairs either. Just poly them for safety and enjoy.

AshTreeCottage said...

Glad to hear you painted your dining room walls red. We have red in our dining room and we love it!!

Love,
Susan and Bentley
xxoo

Tara Beaulieu said...

My mother and I just pulled out one of her Warren Kimble prints from storage last weekend to hang in her dining room. It's very similar to the one in the center of your wall. I love the red wall, btw!

And the red chairs? Terrificly chippy and perfectly worn! Happy VTT!

Gail @ Faithfulness Farm said...

Great post, Sarah! I love the red walls and Warren Kimble is a favorite of mine. I am also a HUGE fan of the mix-matched chair look. Your red chairs are wonderful :)

Blessings!
Gail

Mary said...

Oh, I love those old chippy red chairs :) Happy REDS~

Michelle said...

Your red wall with the pictures looks like something out of a decorator magazine. Lovely! I hope you're able to complete your dining room with more vintage chair finds.

NancyC said...

I love old chairs--those are great!

Miri said...

What a brilliant idea...its a great way to preserve the wonderful aged finish of the chairs...they must look fantastic with those beautiful red walls!

Sally Annie Magundy said...

Love everything, especially your much loved chairs! So charming!

Happy VTT,
Sally

GardenofDaisies said...

I like your barn red so much better than the orange paint previously on the wall. :-) Wow, your neighbors gave you a dining room table? How sweet was that!!!
:-) Can't wait to see the room all completed.

CollectIn Texas Gal said...

So glad your dream dinning room and home have come true. Love it that you are so appreciative of the old and chippy....they still have a lot of use. Happy VTT!

CC said...

Love your dining room..your table and chairs are just perfect.Happy VTT..have a lovely weekend..

Sandy said...

Those chairs are so fun! Don't you just love a bargain??? I think that the clear coat is a good idea, expecially with your little sweeties! :)

Mimi said...

Love red dining rooms...those red chairs are really cool, hope you don't paint them!

Heidi @ Blue Eyed Blessings said...

Check you out - 32 comments?! You are officially a big time blogger, my friend! ;)

I'm happy to share that the bottom half of our "dining room" is now red. ;)