Before: Decorating DilemmaHomeowners Maricela Flores and Mark Cortez just bought a beautiful dining table and chairs that are perfect for entertaining. The problem: Now they need a dining room that is worthy of showcasing their gorgeous new dining set. Designer Angelo Surmelis and the 24 Hour Design team need just one day to create the ideal surroundings for a cozy and intimate dining room.
After: Rich and WelcomingThe homeowners' dining set already has an Old World feel with its rustic style and dark finish. Also, the set is the right size for entertaining and fits the space beautifully. Introducing the new burnt orange color on just one main wall helps bring out the existing color on the other walls and gives focus to the room. The recycled architectural pieces hanging above the buffet give the dining room dimensional interest and a sense of history (see Wall Art photo).
paint: Lowe's Valspar – wall - Burnt Caramel, buffet table - Tadpole
driftwood centerpiece: Z Gallerie – 205364159
tealight wave candleholder: Z Gallerie – 146715332
chandelier: Lowe’s Portfolio – 67628
lamps and lampshades: Target – 074000464 and 074080433
yellow plant pots: Ikea – Idyll
rug: Rug Trader – Zisslow
Before: Bare Walls and Single BulbThe rug and curtains are nice, but they are too formal for the rustic, Old World look. Lighting is also a big issue in this room. There is only a bare bulb hanging from the ceiling and not a lamp in sight.
After: Buffet TableA multi-step distressing process is used to give the table a worn, aged patina. By adorning the buffet with some of the homeowners' Asian-inspired elements and a few rustic pieces, the room feels less polished and more comfortable. The window treatments help give the room some much-needed volume, while the rug's darker colors ground the space. A great-big table deserves a great-big chandelier. This one really gives the room a fantastic glow and adds a round element to a room that is full of angles and sharp edges.
Design Project: Salvaged Wall ArtThe shelf is finished using ordinary, household items. To get the wood ready to accept color, hot tea is brushed on it. The tannic acid in the tea makes the wood more reactive to color treatment. Steel-wool pads are broken into small pieces and placed in a jar. Vinegar is poured over the steel wool, and the solution is allowed to sit for 24 hours. The steel wool dissolves in the vinegar. The solution is then brushed onto the wood, giving it a rustic, rich and worn look.