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Painting our Dining Room

Way back in February 2014, we started the process of changing our new house… One of the first things that we did, was paint our Dining Room area (today, we no longer use this as our dining room area).

I say dining room AREA, because technically we have no designated dining room. When we just moved into the house, up until about October of last year (2015), we used the upper room (which is basically an open area where the kitchen is – see the photos below), for our dining room. But since October-ish of last year, we have moved our dining table into another big unused space – more on this later.

First, here are a couple photos of the kitchen-dining room area when we just moved in… White floors, white walls, white doors – white everything!! … As always, excuse the mess!!

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My, how things have changed!!! If I look at what it looks like now!! (Help, I have SO much to update on this part of the blog!) 🙂

So, one of the first things we did was paint our dining room area!! … Colour? The darkest Gray we could find!! 🙂 And we still love it!! Excuse the light in some of these photos… As you can see, we painted this area litterally in bits and pieces (I am a little embarrassed to mention that we still have not gotten to all the spots!!)

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It seems dark, but I should mention, that we have since installed half lites into our doors and replaced the yellow fan bulbs with daylight bulbs, changed our kitchen (completely) and upgraded the floors! It makes all the difference!! If you haven’t already, here is a glimpse into what this looks like today, and here!! (well, not really, but almost)!

The biggest change you can make to a room (on a budget), is paint. Paint, paint, paint!! Just do it – it is easy to change if you don’t like it!! 🙂

Kitchen Succulents

Over the last two years, we have slowly…. dare I say that a tortoise would have renovated this kitchen faster than we have?? … we have slowly renovated our dreary kitchen into a space that we really, really like! I’ll share some of the updates we have made in another post, but for this post I specifically wanted to show you what we did this weekend…

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Ok, so it is not so much a DIY or a renovation, as it was adding a little touch of personal and pretty… For the last year or so I have been getting really excited about succulents – blame this on the tons of pretty terrarium DIY’s on pinterest, the apparent “easy” upkeep of these plants, or just the sheer prettiness that these varieties are able to produce…

This is our kitchen window display ‘before’ shot: (for anyone interested, I brought the ‘LOVE’ sign at Winners for around $15 CAD).

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I like simple. I like clean, minimalist and clutter-less!! But these dollarstore vases (or whatever they are) just did not do anything for me. I would have loved some herbs… every year I try growing herbs (this year will be no different), and every year it is a huge failure. (If you are not getting this, I do not exactly have a ‘green thumb’). So I opted for some succulents instead!!

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More specifically I opted for the Jade Plant. I added a little touch of South Africa to my display with these handmade wood birdies that my Mom brought us as a gift on her last visit! I just LOVE how these succulents and little birdies transformed my dreary kitchen display to absolutely gorgeous!! …. Now to keep these plants alive!! 😉

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What little change have you made lately that made a really big impact? …. If you haven’t, maybe your answer is… succulents?? 😉