Dining Room changes and A Ruffled Tablerunner

Our home, like many, is a work in progress. We add, change, move and subtract pieces all the time.

Our dining room has seen many arrangements but most recently this photo below showing our dining room (January) BEFORE:

Before the purchase of our black china cabinet.
We recently repainted the walls a shade lighter than the main floor's Benjamin Moore Stone House. I sewed the white curtains and plan to paint the wooden rod black and keep the wrought iron clips, or white and change out the clips to white also.

I also just sewed this table runner using water-shot moire cotton, leftover from my wedding dress. It is 19 inches wide. The gathered drop is 11 inches on each end and all pieces are lined. Sanding this table and adding a less shiny stained top is planned. My chairs for now are IKEA Kautsby.

This small wine cabinet is on a narrow slice of wall opposite the china cabinet and beside a parapet wall over the basement stairs and foyer. The Goodwill lamp was spray painted black and got a new drum shade,


I'm looking for a mirror or larger framed piece to layer behind the small picture frame.

I scored this solid pine Mennonite made buffet and hutch for $200 off kijiji and love how well constructed it is. It had the original price tag in one of the drawers for $1535. I like the black distressed finish and the double thickness of the drawer fronts. Gotta love kijiji.
 I'm searching for more white dishes to fill up the shelves. Hopefully some upcoming garage sales will have some platters, pitchers or white dishes.

Our home has a fairly open floor plan and this room is not very large at all, 10'6" x 11' and that includes the side open to traffic. We don't use this room a lot but I do like having the extra table for overflow seating for large family gatherings. If I find a different table with more chairs one day, I may have to switch this current dining room with the larger front living room. A neighbour's same model home has theirs that way. This dining area would then become a sitting room/library because we have the family room at the back of the house and another tv area in the basement.

The image is in reverse to show our layout which is flipped from the plan.

The antique Canadian sideboard that this china cabinet replaced (in the second photo from top) is now being used as our tv stand in the family room. It works for now, holds baking pans, and will look even better if we get a flat panel tv one day. I'm blaming Spring, and all the great inspiration photos in the bloggy world, for this need to move furniture lately. How about you?

I'm linking to Transformation Thursday at The Shabby Chic Cottage. Be sure to stop by when you get a chance.


  1. Your table runner is gorgeous, Elizabeth!

  2. That is super cute! I love your black distressed piece too...very nice looking dining room!~ I am hosting my first giveaway, hope to participate in the fun, it's easy!~

  3. Elizabeth, I love your runner, it looks great and that was a great buy from kijiji!

    Great post and I loved your outdoor ideas too. You're definitely keeping me inspired! As I stroll through the thrift shops at lunch I keep reminding myself of your mantra to stick with my vision. : )


  4. I totally understand the need to move furniture! Drives my husband nuts!

  5. I can see how you could switch your dining and living rooms if you needed to. I like your runner that you made.

    Don't you love a project that you are working on - like collecting white dishes. It gives visiting thrift stores a purpose.

  6. Elizabeth...just beautiful!! I love that table runner...so pretty! It is coming along great and I so understand a work in progress!! lol Have a wonderful weekend ahead friend.


  7. That hutch was a steal. It's very similar to the one I made at my blog, but I didn't put doors on mine. I like your ruffle on the runner, so pretty. I think if I had one my cats would play with it!


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