Dining Room Painting

…and Continuing with the Trim

This is what I woke up to this morning.

Painting the Trim

Now I’m off to continue painting. How did you spend your weekend?

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  • Laura
    September 7, 2010 at 11:25 am

    Oh! It’s opening up the space so much! I see you started to paint around the built in — are you painting the doors/cabinets too? The white works so much better with that gorgeous wallpaper.

  • Kelsey
    September 7, 2010 at 11:28 am

    I think you need to paint the ceiling and above the moulding…. nothing to crazy, but a bit of depth that would emphasize the architecture of the space. So far, I love it!

  • LeeAnn
    September 7, 2010 at 11:28 am

    What a complete difference! I can’t wait to see the final outcome. Have you made any head way on the chairs?

  • Rebecca
    September 7, 2010 at 11:30 am

    The room looks great! So light and bright.
    As for my weekend, I made a tomato corn pie, knit a hat and started knitting a sweater. Work that I enjoy.

  • amy goodhouse
    September 7, 2010 at 11:36 am

    looks great! i knew it would!

  • Shelly
    September 7, 2010 at 11:36 am

    Nicole, I think you have made the right decision to paint. I love it!! I know you had been pondering about whether or not to paint out the wood. Are you happy with your decision thus far?? We have Oak kitchen cupboards and they are so out dated, I been contemplating painting them (I know most people think that’s a swear word!) But it’s just not our design style and we are staying in this house long term. So, I want something I can live with. I think I’ll give it a try. Benjamin Moore here I come.
    Good Luck with the rest of your painting!!!

  • merlin513
    September 7, 2010 at 11:40 am

    hey! i spent my weekend painting also! Yours is looking much better than my front doors tho. Supposed to be fig green and turned out harvest gold, yecchh… good thing i’ve got a gallon of the fioli yew (olive drab) that i painted the washroom base cabinets in left over, have a feeling those bright yellow doors will end up olive drab in the end.

  • Cilla
    September 7, 2010 at 11:43 am

    I totally agree with Kelsey. I think you should paint above the molding/ceiling. A color that will compliment the wallpaper would look lovely!

  • Jean
    September 7, 2010 at 11:55 am

    Yippee for you! This looks great. I’m sure the task is daunting (and difficult for a pregnant lady!). I spent the weekend cleaning our vinyl shower curtain liner and replacing the cloth shower curtain — quite boring in comparison to your project.

  • Tiffany Larkin
    September 7, 2010 at 12:04 pm

    I really like it!

  • Leslie
    September 7, 2010 at 12:11 pm

    What did I spend the three day weekend?!

    My husband and I created a compost area!


    I think that this was a great project in honor of Labor Day- working smarter. Reusing, reducing, and recycling!

  • Danielle
    September 7, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    I am glad you decided to paint the modeling. It really has brought out each room! I also love the suggestion from Kelsey!

    Btw, I have the same step stool! Love that thing!

  • Alyssa
    September 7, 2010 at 12:20 pm

    It already looks amazing. Well done.

  • kyung75
    September 7, 2010 at 12:34 pm

    I like it!

  • Lauren @ chezerbey
    September 7, 2010 at 12:47 pm

    Lookin’ good!

    We spent our whole weekend priming (which has to be one of the most ungratifying tasks!). Quick question – we have one window that we’re painting white and I had a little trouble getting the primer to go on smoothly. I used a cut-in brush and small cigar roller but there are so many right angles and corners that the primer had a tendency to pool or build up in areas. Any tips?

  • Melissa
    September 7, 2010 at 1:21 pm

    Even though I am a huge fan of unpainted wood and loved your room before – this new look is brigher.

  • Erika
    September 7, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    WOW!!!! It already looks SO MUCH better!

  • Allison
    September 7, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    I was in Paris! Are you going to paint the back of the cupboard a contrasting colour? I love how the white is looking with the wallpaper so far.

  • Lori
    September 7, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    Did no home projects whatsoever. Celebrated my 40th birthday instead! Painting looks great. Can’t wait to see it all done. BTW, can you tell me about that beautiful chandelier? I. Love. IT!

  • Rebecca
    September 7, 2010 at 1:42 pm

    As I always say, three day weekends are perfect for painting!

  • gina
    September 7, 2010 at 1:48 pm

    I looks soooo much better!!! It look so much more modern! :-)

  • meta
    September 7, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    awesome! can’t wait for the final result!

  • Diane
    September 7, 2010 at 2:24 pm

    Looks great!
    How about painting the ceiling pink and the top part of the wall another color than white!!

  • Azra
    September 7, 2010 at 2:26 pm

    It already looks great!

  • Kellie
    September 7, 2010 at 2:30 pm

    I think you lost a lot of the warmth that came with the exposed wood. It looks cold and sterile now. It makes me sad=(

    • Anya
      September 9, 2010 at 1:35 pm

      Really? Think of all the happy sunlight that will be bouncing around. Cheer up!

  • WES
    September 7, 2010 at 2:31 pm

    Does laundry count? I did that yesterday after hanging out with my husband’s parents for the weekend.

    I love the painted wood I think it helps the pink of the paper really shine.

  • Fiona
    September 7, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    Ah, what a relief. So much lighter and nicer. Hope it’s not all too tiring with Baby 2 The Sequel on board. Though do I remember going on several DIY benders during my pregnancies.

  • Katrina
    September 7, 2010 at 3:24 pm

    Can I just say I like your wallpaper so much more!! Before it always felt like it was competing for attention from the wood..

  • Samantha
    September 7, 2010 at 3:25 pm

    omg, what a difference! I love wood and all, but honestly, already it looks so much better! The wallpaper is so lovely, and painting the wood just marries it all together. ♥

  • Alexis @ Our Inspired Home
    September 7, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    Hi there! I just discovered your blog a few weeks ago, and I love it. I think you’ve made a great decision to paint the trim in your home…it really makes the space so much brighter! I also love that you used wallpaper in your home. I feel like there aren’t that many people who are brave enough to use it. Great job!

  • stacey erin
    September 7, 2010 at 4:52 pm

    Oh! It’s looking wonderful! The white trim really is freshening up the room, and I think it is going to make your current dining set feel much lighter!

  • Sarah
    September 7, 2010 at 5:00 pm

    I love this! How pretty the wallpaper looks against the white. And by “pretty,” of course I mean “even more beautiful than it did before.”

  • ronda
    September 7, 2010 at 5:10 pm

    I love it already! I’m so glad you posted a picture, I couldn’t wait to see the results.

  • Lisa
    September 7, 2010 at 5:26 pm

    Ooh, it’s looking fantastic already :) Way to be brave and go for it!

  • Alexis
    September 7, 2010 at 5:56 pm

    While I would have reconsidered the wallpaper choice before painting the woodwork (something more like the handprinted choices offered by Bradbury), it will be interesting to see how this comes out. It does look brighter but also less distinctive, I think.

  • Margo Morgan
    September 7, 2010 at 6:19 pm

    My husband started painting yesterday too! We are painting the living room, dining, hallway, office and laundry room, all at once. :D

  • Sarah
    September 7, 2010 at 6:30 pm

    Lookin’ good!

  • Licia
    September 7, 2010 at 7:14 pm

    This looks like a lot of work, but it will look so beautiful. I prefer the look of white trim and saw that some comments encouraged you to rethink your project. I’m all for it! I am looking forward to seeing the finished product.

  • kay*
    September 7, 2010 at 7:21 pm

    HUGE difference. Really brightens up the space! Love it.

  • Elisa @ What the Vita
    September 7, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    Wow it looks like a totally different room – cannot wait to see what it looks like when its all said and done! It looks like a newer house, for sure.

    Last weekend, I shopped till I dropped. Labor weekend sales are dangerous for the wallet AND my knees.

  • Robyn
    September 7, 2010 at 10:13 pm

    This is going to look amazing :D
    so bright and light and beautiful

  • Becky
    September 7, 2010 at 10:37 pm

    I LOVE your wallpaper! where did you get it?

  • Kellie R
    September 8, 2010 at 12:09 am

    WOW! It already looks amazing. Way to go Mama.

    Your 30 before Thirty list is so very inspiring… Might have to make my own!

  • AP
    September 8, 2010 at 1:01 am

    Off to a great start! Do you have to do any wood prep other than priming? Our crown molding is wood and I’m thinking of painting it white too.

  • Jocelyne
    September 8, 2010 at 5:51 am

    I also have a house with primarily stained-wood trim, and originally planned on painting it all out. Then I got lazy or complacent and a few years later, they were still all wood. A few months ago, I got some renewed disgust with the battered wood or energy to do it, and when I have spare time, have been painting the trim and doors, room by room. Still, I walk into the completed rooms and marvel about how much brighter, cleaner and tidier the room looks–just by having white trim. Congrats on making the decision to go ahead with the work. I know it can be tedious work–no grand sweeping brushstrokes or roller brushes like on a wall…

  • Béa
    September 8, 2010 at 6:49 am

    two syllables : ta-daaaaaaaaaaaaaaa
    looks good!!!

    re. our Labour Day : crossing every finger and toe while our house was inspected!

  • amanda
    September 8, 2010 at 10:05 am

    It already looks great! It really brightens up the room and even makes the wallpaper look lighter.

  • julie.
    September 8, 2010 at 10:15 am

    oooo, this is exciting, can’t wait to see how it all turns out. I repainted ALL the trim in our house when we moved in (it was painted icky beige) and it was exciting watching the change. First the primer (some improvement) then the first coat of the white semi gloss (better) then the next coat (nicer, better smoother, PRETTIER!).

  • Heather L
    September 8, 2010 at 10:19 am

    Ohhh it’s coming along so great! I think that you are going to LOVE your table in that room with all the other wood painted white :)

  • luuve
    September 8, 2010 at 10:34 am

    love! :)

  • amyks
    September 8, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    Oh, I like it already, even though it is just a coat of primer, it looks so much fresher.

  • juliet
    September 8, 2010 at 2:56 pm

    SO much better white!!! Better and brighter!

  • Clearly Composed
    September 8, 2010 at 4:44 pm

    The labor of love is well worth it. It looks fresher already. :)

  • OwningSingle
    September 8, 2010 at 5:27 pm

    I bet it’s gonna look great and I’m gawking at all of your white accessories. I have a thing for them now. Painting is a perfect Labor Day project.

  • Condo Blues
    September 8, 2010 at 6:26 pm

    I spent my weekend putting my kitchen back together after painting it. I feel your currant pain :)

  • Natalie
    September 8, 2010 at 10:30 pm

    It looks so bright and cheery already!

    I spent the weekend shopping at IKEA for the millionth time. I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of that place :)

  • Nicoletta
    September 9, 2010 at 1:20 am

    oh boy that’s a lot of trim! I recall painting trim at 7 or 8 months pregnant, I don’t recommend it! lol

    I spent my weekend having a fantastic 1st birthday party for our son!

  • Laurie Jones
    September 9, 2010 at 10:00 am

    I’m blown away at the amount of comments you got for painting your trim, it’s like the debate stay at home mom or go to work mom right!! I’ve lived in old homes most of my life and have always painted the trim white and for the same reason you did, the idea of wood is great but the homes most of us live in doesn’t have flawless beautiful wood and over time it just looks old and dirty. The white trim looks great and really brightens the space up!

  • Anya
    September 9, 2010 at 1:34 pm

    It looks pretty and bright already! Looking at the pile of stuff on your table – you have such lovely things!

  • Erika
    September 9, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    It’s already looking FABULOUS! Keep it going lady!

  • Kristín
    September 10, 2010 at 12:26 pm

    it already looks “fresher” and cleaner somehow, looking forward to seeing the final outcome!

    Bon courage!

  • Kim
    September 10, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    It does look so much brighter. Can’t wait to compare before and after pics…I want to paint our trim and my husband doesn’t. I’m hoping this will help convince him.

  • .amanda.
    September 12, 2010 at 1:24 pm

    I would love to see a HOW TO post, as this is exactly what my husband and I are looking to do in our home. I love your statement about this being your home and not a time capsule!

    p.s. our wood trim is a total monet as well!!

  • Jessie
    September 17, 2010 at 9:00 am

    It is going to be wonderful! :)

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