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Monday, August 29, 2011

The Dining Room


This buffet was in the huge hallway at the old house. 
We have had plans to move it to the yellow house for a long, long time.
We finally picked up the heavy thing on Saturday and put it on Joe's pick-up truck , The Saloon.
His truck smells like a saloon (cigarettes and desperate old guys), he bought it used and and we name all our vehicles.
I can hear you lovers of  white furniture out there saying "paint it." 
That is not happening my peeps.
If you saw the wood grain up close I think you might side with us. 
This does make for a lot of dark pieces in the dining room but remember most of the furniture in the big open room right beside here are white.

Now we have another place to store Joe's mother's china and our Ballerina dishes shown here.


We found Mr. Swan on Friday at a consignment store. We also bought his mate!
I think they need painting.
I cannot believe we bought something else to paint.
You know how I feel about painting ( I only paint every other Tuesday in cool month that is odd numbered).

For now our spooky little girl print stays.


We also have a new dining table gifted to us by Bob and Sue, Joe's brother and sister-in-law. 
They bought it at a garage sale for almost nothing and refinished the table top.
I asked her if I could pay her for the table and she replied " there is not enough money for all the work we put into that table." 
Well okay.
My bad.

This dining table is a much better fit in this space than the other one and we turned the table in a direction that makes sense for the way we live, opening the door all the time to get to the deck.


I am linking with Marty at A Stroll Thru Life for Table Top Tuesday.

&

 Ann at On Sutton Place for Open House Party.
&
Debra at Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Friday.

grace surrounds us
Olive

41 comments:

  1. Love the buffet and I am with you. Not painting pretty wood. I love the swan and really wouldn't want to paint it either. It is just totally perfect the way it is. Gorgeous vignette. The new table is fantastic. Loving the entire dining room. Thanks for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

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  2. I liked getting a glimpse of your dining room. I like the cabinet as it is...I have a cabinet that I ponder over...should I leave it stained and that usually wins. I think you just 'know' when to paint a piece. And I thing the swan looks pretty as it is, too! I love the dining table and the chairs are so pretty! Everything is!

    XO,
    Jane

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  3. I feel the same way about my mother's cabinet. I like the beautiful detail of your buffet. It would be lost if painted!

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  4. Hey Girlie, the buffet and table are fabulous just the way they are! And you're cracking me up with your heavy painting schedule, te he!!
    xoxo Debra

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  5. Yeah! Someone who won't paint a piece of furniture. I was beginning to think I was the only person out here!! That is a gorgeous piece and I love the swan or duck...whatever it is!!

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  6. Hi Olive! I really like your side board! I have an old one too and it's not in real good shape, but I can't get myself to paint it either! :) Love your mr. swan! I need one of those!
    Hope you're doing well and be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  7. I don't blame you at all for not wanting that painted. It is a beautiful piece. Not good to paint over an antique in good condition.
    Just beautiful. Love that swan.

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  8. I adore (and covet) your swan! And it has a mate? Guess there isn't evough money in the world to make you part with it, huh? ;)

    The table does look nice, and I agree with you that there are some things that should not be painted.

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  9. PLEASE don't paint the swans Olive....the one you have shown looks perfect the way it is. Nicely shabby and worn !You don't have to paint the sideboard. I think a bit of dark wood amongst the white is a good thing. XXXX

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  10. Great buffet! Looks like you have yourself a "new" dining room!

    Enjoy!

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  11. The buffet looks so good wiht the table. I wouldn't paint it either and my hubby wouldn't let me anyway, lol. I love that swan, Olive, so pretty and gracsful!...Christine

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  12. Looks great Olive! Lovin' your new table:@)

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  13. Your buffet is so nice and I'm one who won't paint furniture if the finish and grain are nice. Not that I don't like painted furniture...I do, but I also like beautifully stained pieces as well. LOL your painting schedule sounds like mine.

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  14. The new table is fantastic! Love the room and the setting is gorgeous. Thanks for sharing.
    Hope to see you on my blog:)

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  15. Love the cabinet...thank goodness you are leaving as it sans paint! It is beautiful. :)

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  16. Hi Olive!
    Your "new" old buffet looks great in your dining room. I love to switch things out!
    That is such a funny story about the saloon! Wish I could borrow it when i go junking. I really need a truck!
    xx
    A

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  17. Wow great dining room! And happy to hear that the buffet will remain unpainted. I think it's beautiful and doesn't darken the room at all. The natural look of wood is always the best "color" or "decoration" you can have!

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  18. Yeah, I wouldn't paint wood ever and like Christine says, my hubby wouldn't let me either!! Love your swan in wood too. Your entire dining room is very lovely. Hugs, FABBY

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  19. Hi Olive. As always, delightful photos of your home for us to look at. The dining room has come together really well, and looks so warm and welcoming. I love that swan by the way! You did well, getting that table and all refurbished too! It looks great.

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  20. What a beautiful table and buffet. I like the swan too. You have a great item in the center of your table too, that clam basket! Nice goodies, everywhere!
    Sherry

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  21. Hi Olive, love all of your new treasures!... and I am the first one to say "DO NOT" paint everything white!... I love the beauty of natural woods and would never paint mine white... love your swan too!... xoxo Julie Marie

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  22. That buffet is gorgeous and I am also with you...I would leave it alone...I only paint cheaper pieces...and that one looks beautiful as is! Your table is so pretty too...and I would leave the swans alone too...I like the chiipy look!

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  23. The buffet is perfect and I say absolutely no paint. My furniture is mostly dark too. I'm trying to lighten things up with lighter paint and fabrics. Your dining room is looking great!

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  24. I agree with you, I would not paint the buffet. It is a beautiful piece and perfect just the way it is! I adore the swan and I honestly think you should not paint it(them) either. Your dining room is so very lovely.
    Whew, I hope that helps to solve a bit of your heavy painting schedule...you are so funny!
    PS. Thank you for telling me to take it easy after my knee surgery. I have been doing just that and I am being very careful(following your orders). Thank you! XO

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  25. The buffet is lovely...

    I like spooky girl.

    I wouldn't paint the swan.

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  26. That is one beauty of a piece and I totally agree with you in not painting it. The finish is stunning and maybe if the finish was damaged , I would consider it but that looks to be in perfect shape so I would leave it as is in it's original beauty!!

    Looks wonderful in your room!

    Hugs,
    Debbie

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  27. I love your ballerina china... :-) I collected it from ebay years ago before it got so popular..glad to see someone else with it..

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  28. That buffet is gorgeous and so glad you won't be painting it!! Everything is just lovely!
    Jane

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  29. Charming! And I feel the same way about painting, but I love how it snaps things up.

    Joys,

    Sharon Lovejoy Writes from Sunflower House and a Little Green Island

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  30. I agree don't paint it. The all white phase will pass and you will be glad you didn't.

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  31. Your furniture is beautiful, I don't blame you for not painting it. Love the room. Thanks for visiting.

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  32. I vote no painting on the swans or the cabinet. Lovely, lovely things Olive. I'm fixated on your swans now... Ann

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  33. Girl...you better not paint that beauty...some people are just going a little bit crazy painting so many wonderful wood pieces...I only paint when something is out dated (mainly cheap furniture). Love how you name your cars and trucks.

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  34. Bravo for you
    for sticking with
    the color that you
    like....and what's
    NOT to like?? So
    pretty!!
    xx Suzanne

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  35. I would quit coming to your blog if you painted it. OK, maybe not that extreme, but I do love the look of it as is. And I like the swan as is too. He/she looks like she's seen some weather.

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  36. Your buffet is just lovely!
    I love your truck's name-
    especially the description of the desperate men-
    What an apt description.

    Have a great weekend.

    Laura
    White Spray Paint

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  37. Don't paint the buffet OR the swan!! I love the patina on both. ♥ How very sweet that you were given the table. Crack me up that you name your vehicles. One college buddy had an old push button Studebaker that she called Stanley! LOL
    hugs, Sue

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  38. Thanks for sharing at the Open House party!

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  39. Love this room and I wouldn't paint it!!! The swan is amazing...perfect just as is! Thanks for sharing!!!

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  40. Olive, You do have some one of a kind pieces! I would not paint the buffet either, it's perfect the way it is! Your new table is gorgeous! What a remarkable and priceless gift! I've missed your superb blog and I'm happy I dropped in to see you, truly, another great post!

    Hugs,
    Nancy

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