Damask, No More

If you follow me on Facebook, you might have seen this coming.

The dining room was the first project Aaron and I did in Green Meadow Manor.  But we hadn’t really figured out our style yet.  As we started to work on the rest of our home, it quickly became obvious that the dining room wasn’t our style anymore.

How unfortunate that the odd man out happened to be right in the center of the house.  Like me in Tiffany & Co.

If you’ve been following my blog, you know that I loath the damask stencil like my yearly gynecologist appointment (tmi?).  Yes.  That’s how much I hate it.

It distracts from the living room.  It’s bold.  And not in a good way.  At one point we loved it.  But that time has gone.

Painting over a stencil. Dining Room

I had Monday off work.  And I was talking to my home-girl Emma about my plans for the day.  And this happened:

DIY Conversations

And I knew she was right.  And that became my new MLK Day plan.

Did I talk to my husband first?  No.  Was he surprised?  Not really.  Was he happy he didn’t have to help?  You bet.

Starting my first coat of primer.  (Zinsser 123)

Painting over a stencil. Dining Room

The first coat covered better than I expected.

Painting over a stencil. Dining Room

Going strong on the 2nd coat.Painting over a stencil. Dining Room

The sun went down.  boo.  After the third coat, it was rock & roll time.  Painting over a stencil. Dining Room

First coat of color:  Tempered Spring by Valspar.  When I think of tempers, this is the exact color I think of.Painting over a stencil. Dining Room

Two coats was perfect.  And in the time of a flash mob, I was done.Painting over a stencil. Dining Room

And for the fun of seeing the difference between night time and natural light photos…

I know it’s kind of “boring” compared to the damask, but you have to admit it flows much better with the living room.Painting over a stencil. Dining Room

I’m not wildly in love with it.  But I do like it better than the damask.  But I’m going to need to figure out a solution to old red up there.Painting over a stencil. Dining Room

So bright.  A lovely white-green.Painting over a stencil. Dining Room

Needs art.

And that, fellow DIYers, is what happens when you give a girl a day off work.

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  • Emma (Broke Ass Home)

    You know…I like it. And I’m glad I convinced you to do it. I think what is bothering me about it is that it is just a touch too mint and not enough grass. You know? Regardless it’s a dramatic and airy difference, so I like it! PAINT WINS AGAIN.

    • Kenz

      I’m picking up what you’re throwing down, between the difference of mint and grass. But thanks for convincing me to do it. I needed a kick in the butt to get me going.

  • Bethany @ The Sepia Puppy

    I love it! It looks loads better! I love home projects! The color is great and really flows in the daylight with the living room. good choice! but yeah you definitely need some art up in there now. I love that man on the wall in the living room. :) Are you gonna get rid of the red? I don’t think you should! I think it is still cool in there and adds a touch of wild to the room, and with just a few tiny accents that match in paintings or accessories it could fit right in! Also a friend gave me a cool idea for wall art: take and only quilt (with which i am obsessed and have many) and take a piece of it and put it in a frame! you can find “cutter quilts” old and new on ebay for pretty cheap and probably find just the colors you want! Anyway, just an idea. this is a long comment…. oh well! You did a great job and i totally love it! <3

    • Kenz

      Hey Bethany :) That is such a great idea. I never thought of framing cutter quilts. I’m going to need to start looking online. I think that would be a great way to bring in some texture :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/henrietteh Henriette Hoel

    How much fun it must have been to come home to a totally different diningroom! I hesitate on all my paint-plans, I dont want to regret it, but whats the point, you can just paint over it again! I kind of liked the dramatic walls you used to have, but now it looks much more in style with the rest of your home :-)

    • Kenz

      Hi Henriette! Aaron was definitely surprised when he walked in. The whole house of people was, actually. It’s still an adjustment. When I walk in, it feels completely different. But I like it too.

  • http://twitter.com/SandpaperGlue Stephanie

    it looks so much better with your living room now- i can’t wait to see what you put up on the walls!

    • Kenz

      Thanks Steph. I need to figure out some fun pop-art or something.

  • http://twitter.com/MiddleClassMod Tracie

    I liked your stencil…I just liked it for a different house than yours ended up being. This looks so much more serene and goes with the living room! A definite win.

    • Kenz

      I agree. I definitely out grew the stencil. And THAT is why I didn’t go with wall paper.

  • Katja @ Shift Ctrl ART

    What a difference. I actually did not even see your beautiful lamp until after you started painting. I had to scroll back up to see if it was there in the before pictures. I think you just made your lamp very happy :)

    • Kenz

      I know! That light really blended in before. But now, you can actually notice it!

  • gretchen@boxycolonial

    I was going to say the same thing….I don’t think I ever noticed the chandelier before. And I love the way the red stands out against the light color. Is that wrong of me? I liked the damask, but, yeah, definitely fits in better with the living room now.

    • Kenz

      The red is kind of growing on me too! I’ve noticed the chandelier a lot more now. It doesn’t blend in the walls anymore.

  • http://twitter.com/180diy Vanessa

    Hi, Kenz
    I am loving the new look. Don’t get me wrong I love the Damask, but you are right about it overpowering the living room. You just need art on the wall. You Rock!

    Hugs,
    Vanessa

    • Kenz

      Thanks Vanessa! I’m definitely on the hunt for some art!

  • http://twitter.com/decorandthedog Michelle

    I think the damask would have been awesome if it wasn’t in such an open space. Love the new paint color. Now come paint my craft room…

    • Kenz

      I’ll be there, only if you let me dress like a hobo too.

  • eranfaraway

    I am so happy to see you liberated your view from the damask print! I think $15 place holders are perfectly acceptable. The rooms seems like it would feel so much more relaxing now!

    • Kenz

      It is SO much more relaxing. My eyes are less tired :)

  • Lauren

    Oh no! You got rid of the damask. I loved it. Especially with the red chandelier. I guess if you weren’t feeling it anymore it had to go. But that is one of the things that drew me to your blog. :(

    • Kenz

      Oh no!!! Please don’t hate me :) I did like the damask, but it just didn’t match the rest of the house anymore. I hate when that happens. I promise I’ve got some good things up my sleeves coming soon!