Colour! Colour everywhere!

It’s makeover season, so I’ve been putting on my Tim “the Toolman” Taylor belt quite a bit lately. My latest project? My dining room.


It all started with the chairs.


Because they used to look like this. And the table was the exact same yellowy pine. (Both were hand-me-downs from my in-laws.)


All they needed was a little paint (high gloss spray paint for the chairs and purply grey house paint for the table). They work. In fact, I’d even argue that they’re kind of funky. Almost as funky as that power carpet, which I found at a church thrift sale. (I don’t know where or when it’s from, but I’m obsessed with it.)


With all that painting, my colour palette consisted of a dusty rose carpet, glossy black chairs, royal blue painting, and purply grey table. Would “Milk pail green” walls be too much? I started looking at the palettes that artist-turned-designer Julian Schnabel used at the Gramercy Park Hotel, and those that the glamourous Kelly Wearstler uses in everything she does. Which made me realize even a small space can be big on pattern and colour.


So I pulled out the roller and went for it.


The result? A room that is just shy of every colour in the rainbow. Dinner party, anyone?

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  • Reply MizzJ January 10, 2011 at 12:49 am

    Boy woman, you are certainly crafty! First diy clothes, and now rooms?? You should just be a stylist full time haha!

  • Reply Alinka Johnson January 10, 2011 at 6:09 am

    What time did you say dinner was again?! Lol, I love this room!!

  • Reply kaye i January 10, 2011 at 6:58 am

    I had the same chairs and table (hand-me-downs too!) for awhile then got rid of it. I didn’t realize, with some paint and a little love it could turn out so beautiful … wish I’m that crafty.

    Re:1st pic How much is that kitty cat in the window? :)

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  • Reply Kastles January 10, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    I am pretty sure I have the same chairs and table! Did you paint the table too?
    I am totally going to paint my chairs now!

  • Reply Chloe January 10, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    Love love love! I’m planning on home improvement projects this year too. Thanks for sharing your ideas! xo

  • Reply liv January 10, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    love the patterns and colours! i’m not as brave as you when it comes to decor – minimalist palette all the way. then again, my fantasy is to have a house that is decorated in all white. Cleaner’s nightmare.

    that is a gorgeous painting btw.

  • Reply Danielle January 11, 2011 at 10:41 am

    I love the colour of your walls, and that you took vintage mirrors and made an art piece out of them. Genius!

    I also totally love the canvas!

  • Reply aliciafashionista January 11, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    Kelsey, you are so handy! I’m all into interior design right now too and am itching for some great DIY project ideas! Painting the tables and chairs was an awesome idea. The vintage mirrors are to die for and I love the colours you chose. Great job :)

  • Reply Melissa January 11, 2011 at 8:53 pm

    I love how it turned out! The colours look amazing and the vintage mirrors are lovely.
    Everything you touch turns to gold m’dear!


  • Reply Paulette January 12, 2011 at 6:16 am

    Love the table, love the dress, love the cat, love you. bravofromparis

  • Reply Paulette January 12, 2011 at 6:17 am

    so, when is your dinner party ? I have to book my private plane. I’ll bring of french specialty.

  • Reply K-L January 13, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    ahem… you pulled out the paint brush??

    love it as you know

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