Dining Room Update & DIY curtains

I'm thinking I finally re arranged everything in this little room to my liking....for awhile anyways. This current arrangement fits our family's style...or whatever you want to call it. Let's just say it 'flows' for us.
I had on my to do list to paint the dining room table from black to white. I am really loving the transition.

I've slipcovered my craigslist parson chairs {picked up beginning of summer for $60 for all four}in a cotton duck fabric. Everything else in this room has been rearranged and 'house' shopped!

I showed you the giant {especially for my house}leaning wall mirror my hubby picked up few months ago at a garage sale for...$40!! I've decided to antique gold the frame, and distress it. Something like this:
I've also been admiring these curtains for sometime now....knowing I would love to do this:
I had some extra drop cloths laying around {I did need to spend $9.00 for this project on drapery rings}

I layed out my dropcloth, {this one had three panels, I cut off the end two}, smoothed, ironed, then got to measuring. 
For myself, I wanted about 12 inches per stripe. But it wouldn't have ended right- the total length of the cloth was 102", so I had to figure out a couple of different measurements. The closest I could come up with was 11.25".

The painting part was...interesting. I didn't have a roller so I grabbed Josh's biggest paint brush. I found out that almost a dab method worked best! {These babies soak up allllooott of paint!}

I started with a half pint can of black paint {Thank God I had a few extra cans of blacks in the garage...or I would have had unfinished curtains!}, and ended up going through total almost 1.5 quarts of paint, plus a large tube of black craft paint {didn't make a different when all was said and done}
After I finished each one...I took the blue tape off, and left them to dry overnight.
With the hubby's help, we moved our curtain rod brackets higher up the wall {underneath the top moulding}.

After clipping on the panels...I discovered I didn't need to paint that last panel, I had to trim that much off...it was too long! {Well it was a nice guide to trim off}

Here they are {if you ever come over, please don't inspect tooo closely because they definitely aren't perfect, but they work for me!}

{please keep in mind that someday, hopefully soon, that mirror will be an antique-y gold color!}

Have a wonderful weekend!! 


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  1. Hello dear friend! The transformation of this room and everything in it is amazing!!! I used to do alot of crafts and projects in my teens and twenties...but now that I'm in my "thirtyish" years - I honestly haven't tapped into my potential when it comes to doing fun stuff like this! lol I love this inspiration - thanks so much for sharing! Have a great weekend!


  2. The drapes are fantastic and I absolutely love that mirror. So pretty. Your dining room is beautiful. Love it all. Hugs, marty

  3. Well, you've been busy! What a good idea with the drapes, my brain would never come up with that. Your table and chairs look beautiful too :)

  4. Hi lovely lady.
    Your dinning room looks beautiful sweet lady. I love the way you have put this room all together
    Your drapes look lovely in your room.
    Thanks so much for your sweet comments on my new tablescape for this week.
    XXOO Diane

  5. Jessica!
    Wow! I don't know how I missed this post! Your dining room looks amazing! The drapes turned out fabulous! I love to use black in my decorating as well. We're going to have a lot of fun inspiring one another here in blog world!

  6. Your curtains turned out lovely! Thank you for linking it to Home Sweet Home!

  7. Thank you for coming over to The Quick Journey. I love that mirror!!! I want it in my house! And, for $40?? I also think your drapes look great. I have been eyeing some like that as well for my home.


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