I have never loved my little dining room nook. I have tweaked it multiple times and each time I like it a little better but I never have loved it. Not only that but it is by far the hardest room in my house to photograph because of the large window and the small space. I don’t have a wide angle lens so it is hard to a straight on shot and the large window always makes the pictures turn out hazy. There are not many angles that get a good shot.
But I am determined to get it right this time. I am determined to fall in love….. and get the perfect shot.
Our dining room table was given to us when we were in Las Vegas, poor, and in college. I had never seen a table like it and I loved it. The chairs I have seen all over the place. They were okay. The set started out as an orange-ish stain. I refinished it about 9 or 10 years ago and I built a bench to go with it as our family grew.
I realized if I was going to love my dining room, more than just a few little things needed to change. I got new chairs (From Target… on sale!) and decided to refinish the bench.
I had seen a photo on Pinterest of a heavily distressed white table that was styled similarly to what I had in mind. I knew I didn’t want to do that to my table but thought the bench was a good candidate. I have distressed furniture in the past and didn’t even think twice about it.
And then this happened…….
The Dalmatian bench.
Or maybe even the Zebra bench.
In my defense, I knew halfway through it wasn’t working. I knew I had two options. I could paint another layer of white over it and start sanding again, or keep going and see if it would look better with more brown and less white. I figured it I didn’t like it I could always paint over it.
The pictures actually make it look better that it did in real life.
So I did paint it again and started over. And I got this:
It wasn’t as heavily distressed as the table in the photo I found, but it works for me! I am more comfortable with some distressing rather than a ton of distressing.
I will be ready to reveal the dining room in the near future, but for now you get this sneak peek. The mirror will stay the same, the table get “refreshed”, I am adding shelves, I bought a new light fixture, and I will be adding other colors to the space. I can’t wait to finish and share it with you!