Goodbye Parsley Farms {Dining/Living Room}

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I’ve loved looking back through the pictures of this space. It’s such a great gathering space for us.

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It has housed a large dining area and a living/sitting area. This where we lounge and play board games.

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It’s also been my favorite morning quiet time space.

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This room didn’t really need a lot of work when we found it, beyond a fresh coat of paint. It had sponge painting in a gold/brown hue.

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I was so happy to paint it in a light, neutral grey (Benjamin Moore Nimbus) and remove the sconces by the sliding doors.

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Although I loved the smooth, flat ceiling, it had cracks in it. We would have loved to keep the look, however it was much more cost effective to have a bit of texture added when we repaired them.

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This is also where I learned how to replace these. I can guarantee they will look pretty…but if we want them to function that might be a different story…

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We’ve gone through a few different furniture configurations in here.

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We were gifted this initial table/chairs/buffet.

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I refinished the table top by stripping and sanding and then staining with dark walnut. I painted, distressed and glazed the table legs and the buffet.

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I painted a canvas with a simple anchor and lyrics of one of my favorite songs.

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One of the great and difficult things about being artistic with home furnishings is that when you might need some school enrollment cash for your kids…you might be able to sell some things! I listed the table and buffet set. When the buyer came to purchase, she paid extra and purchased the entire room! Furnishings, wall art, lamps and rug. It was wonderful and sad all at the same time.

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So, then I began the search for replacement furnishings.

I found this buffet on craigslist. It is massive and I knew it would fit the space so well! I used the same painting/distressing/glazing technique as before. I finished it with some classy knobs from Anthro.

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I found the table at our local Restore (Habitat for Humanity). It is also massive and can seat up to 14 people. I stripped/sanded and stained the top.

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Don’t ever sand inside–we had red dust everywhere for weeks!

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Staining inside (with proper ventilation) works

I kept the leg color light because of the cleaner lines. I used our wall paint and then distressed and glazed the entire bottom of the table. The benches are garden benches from World Market and the chairs are from Wayfair. We replaced the ceiling fan with a beaded chandelier from Target. We love this dining room!

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For the seating area, we have a pallet coffee table I made surrounded by a vintage couch and my favorite, mid-century green chairs. We found these at a local second hand store. Brad did a great job of the gallery wall that completes the space so well. Again, we replaced the ceiling fan–this time with a drum fixture from Shades of Light. I have loved the eclectic, comfy feel of this space!

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