{Dining Room} Ring It In

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Several room makeovers are in progress over here, but the biggest changes lately have come in the Family Room/Den. Last you saw it, we filled the large wall over the new sectional with photos from our travels.

 Gallery Wall

Which meant the knot mirror needed to be relocated. This certainly isn't the first time this mirror has gotten the boot...after snatching her up for a cra-zee deal, she lived over the Living Room mantel.

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Wowza, this was before painting the brick and enclosing the pass-thru!

But she was too bold and graphic for the space, so she moved to the Family Room. But once the sectional came home, she just didn't fill the space the way we wanted there either.

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At this point, we were running out of walls to try! Since we stole six of the travel photos from this corner of the Dining Room....

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The next likely spot was over the hutch, where it was a black and gold match made in Heaven! The Dining Room has tall ceilings and big furniture, so this mirror holds it's own without being overly dominant. It also makes this corner a real focal point....which meant it was time to finally do something about the hutch.

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It's well over 100 years old, and has passed through several generations of our family, so I definitely wanted to keep it. And although I'm not afraid to paint "fancypants heirloom pieces," I just didn't think it would benefit from it. You can see I'd tried out different looks by placing bright paper behind the glass, and experimenting with blue glass knobs. Neither was working for me. But the existing knobs weren't contributing to the overall beauty of the hutch.

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Once we pried each of them off, we realized any replacements would need some sort of base plate to cover the mark left behind.

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Ring pulls from Horton Brasses to the rescue!! The base plate covers the hole, and the antique finish jives with the time period, while still updating the piece. 

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I can't get over how such a small change has completely transformed the hutch! Removing the paper and organizing the cabinet really helped too. I just love how the pulls look with the DIY Metallic Lampshades!

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There's no question this spot, with those lamps, is where the knot mirror belongs. I'd say forever home, but let's not get carried away.

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Look at the difference, would ya?!

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I'm absolutely crazy about this corner...and can't wait to see it once the new wall color and drapes go up next year.

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I'll save your scrolling finger and leave you with a final Before & After.

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Dining Room List
New Drapes
New Wall Color
Brighter Rug
What to do with the Piano?
Repair Piano Leg
Piano Bench Makeover
Replace Lampshade on Piano
Wall Art?


And another one bites the dust!! Have you made any small changes for a big impact? Do you think the knot mirror has finally found her home?!

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56 witty retorts:

  1. Oh, great change. Really fits the space and your hutch certainly shines now. Gotta love a good house shop and switcheroo. Loving all your updates as of late. Thanks for sharing, liz

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  2. How is it possible that something so simple can be such a game-changer for this console? I love it!! I'll take two, please. :)

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  3. Oooh I really like that knot mirror - I wish they still had it at Kirkland's! And those changes on the hutch do make a world of difference!

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  4. It's gorgeous and the hutch looks like a completely different piece! Great job! Can't wait to see the rest of your updates!

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  5. I love incorporating old heirloom items with fresh modern stuff!

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  6. om, that is seriously a huge improvement. I have a few things I want to add those too. Off to go follow the link and waste a half hour. Your family room is looking amazing too. We want a sectional so bad. Looks so inviting!

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  7. That is definitely THE spot for the mirror! And the hutch upgrade is perfect. Love it!

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  8. I'm a big fan of the eclectic style...I love too many design styles to narrow it down to one. I also use antique pieces throughout my house. They give such warmth and history to a room.

    DO NOT paint that hutch. The wood is too pretty. It would be a huge crime!

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  9. Love this change!! The handles make a huge difference! I love the mirror above this piece too! I also love your dining chairs! Where did you get them? I am wanting to find some like that for our table. Our poor table has sat alone for nearly two years :(

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  10. Wow! I'm surprised what a difference the new pulls made to the buffet. It looks so much more sophisticated. Thanks for turning me on to Horton Brass.

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  11. 100% better and such a simple change. I love how you move things around. I just love doing that.

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  12. Love the little changes. The pulls look great!

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  13. Love the make-over! The new hardware is a great fit

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  14. That is HUGE little change! I can't believe how much that one switch transforms the piece. Your corner came together beautifully!

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  15. LOVE the ring pulls...I am pinning them for a piece in my hallway that needs an update. The mirror echos the brass beautifully, too :)

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  16. The new hardware definitely looks better! Love that corner xx

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  17. It looks so great! It's crazy how small changes make such a difference.

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  18. It looks awesome! I love moving things around in my house...my husband not so much :)

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  19. Perfect - those ring pulls are just the right fit for that piece - it looks amazing!

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  20. I have always had a crush on those pulls. That corner looks fantastic! Such a great update, Cassie!

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  21. The mirror looks perfect there! Congrats on finding the right spot for it (for the moment at least, right?) I love the simple update that made such a big difference :)

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  22. It's amazing what hardware can do - that piece is beautiful! I love the color and texture of the wood! That whole corner looks great!

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  23. Booyah! That's a winner! Love the transformation!

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  24. I don't like antiques at all, so the before picture, I think I said OLD when it popped up. the new hardware and the glass completley change the look of the piece. Very nice

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  25. Love the new handles! And it's great when such a small change can make such a HUGE difference!

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  26. Those pulls are absolutely to die for on there!!! Makes such a different, amazing really!

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  27. What a huge impact those pulls make. The hutch and the whole space look great.

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  28. Spectacular change Cassie! I love how the new pulls add so much to the cabinet without overwhelming it, and it all fits together beautifully. Great styling too!

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  29. My goodness that look AWESOME! Love peaking through the glass to see what treasures that piece holds. And the new hardward is fantastic. Well done!
    Sheaffer :)

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  30. Wowza! Looks amazing! What a difference -- the changes definitely give it a more classic look, but the mirror still keeps the corner eclectic. LOVE it, Cassie!

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  31. your new den looks amazing and the travel photos are a HUGE winner. LOVE Cass! xoxo shel

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  32. YAY for ring pulls! They are my fav and you prove what an incredible change they can make to a piece of furniture! The mirror looks great in its new home as well!

    xo,
    Jen

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  33. Love the changes, tha hardware made such a fabulous impact!! I am working on gallery wall for our hallway- where did you find the frames you used? I would love something similar:) You rock at cheap and chic updates!

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  34. Oh yeah!! That looks awesome. I'm glad you didn't paint it- sometimes paint works wonders, but I think the wood is beautiful here. And you were right about those pulls, they're perfect!

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  35. What a difference! The ring pulls are gorgeous -- that corner is really starting to come together :)

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  36. Wow! It's amazing what a difference new hardware can make! It looks SO much better!

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  37. Where has this blog been all my life? What a great little makeover. Can't wait to see more of your projects!

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  38. Those pulls are to die for! And the mirror looks great. I'm also obsessed with the striped tray in your living room, among other things... :)

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  39. What a difference! It looks awesome and I love that spot for the mirror. I switched out some knobs to a chest, http://ouryellowlovenest.blogspot.com/2011/10/guest-room-update.html, but I am loving your pulls!

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  40. Those pulls are such a massive improvement! That sideboard is such a cool piece (with awesome history) so it's good to see it maintaining it's original character but getting a good ol' facelift!

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  41. Beautiful transformation in this corner! The new hardware is perfect!

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  42. What a huge change those little pulls made (it was a gorgeous piece to begin with!) I have to change out the knobs on our bedroom furniture and am keeping fingers crossed that they make me fall back in love with the pieces (that my husband reallllllly likes). The pulls you chose look so great with the mirror and lampshades!!

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  43. This hutch looks amazing! And I was glad to see these pictures taken from my homeland Greece hanging at your "Big Wall" (I missed the relative post...). You are always doing a great job and experimenting until you get perfection is all the magic in your work.

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  44. First of all, I love, love, love that mirror. Fabulous! And the new look of your hutch is great - I'm usually all about whipping out the paint brush to update furniture but switching out the knobs was all your little beauty needed!! Looks fantastic!

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  45. Can you tell me where you purchased the cute zebra rug?

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  46. Hi Kathy -- the zebra rugs in both my entrance hall and family room are from rugs usa...they always go on sale for 50% off or more!!

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  47. I love the new hardware. I just refinished two dressers with paint and new hardware. You can check it out at http://createbakecelebrate.blogspot.com/2012/06/create-new-dresser-from-old-one.html and http://createbakecelebrate.blogspot.com/2012/10/create-dresser-for-master-bedroom.html

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  48. First I have to tell you that I forgot (I'm old) that I subscribed to your post and when I got an E-mail saying Hi Sugarplum I was a little surprised. I LOVE your tips and comments. I also want to thank you for your metal lampshades. I bought a beautiful punched tin lamp and painted the lampshade. I never used it because the paint looked terrible. I will paint it tonight with gold. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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  49. Wow! The hutch looks amazing! I love the ring pulls!

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  50. I think your mirror has finally found its home! Love the travel pics over the sofa :)

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  51. That piece is a rock star. So crazy how you can make it shine with just a few tweaks!

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  52. I am so happy for you that you have found a good place for your beloved knot mirror. It's been a long time coming but you persevered. Good for you!

    Riley :)

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