Thrifted Home Tour: Dining Room

11 Oct

Here we have the dining room, a space used largely for eating meals, doing home work or crafts, and playing D&D. I would like to point out that the white folding chairs we’re using at the table are actually just temporary. We didn’t have enough chairs when we moved in so we bought those white chairs at Ikea to put there “just for now” until we could find nicer chairs. We’ve been here about six years now, so maybe I should get on that.

The black chairs at the table are vintage and cost a fortune to repaint all shiny black like that. I don’t think they had to cost a fortune so much as the guy who did it for us ripped us off. He was a jerk. But anyway, I do love their shiny, lacquer-like finish. Table, sideboard, and shelf probably look familiar to all you Ikea shoppers. And right you are! We bought them all at discount rates with names Smaug or Ektorp or something. By the way, Anthony and I had such a hard time installing that shelf that we fondly refer to it as “that time we almost got divorced during home improvements.” Fond, fond memories.

I leave that red fondue pot that I got at a yardsale because I’m trying to remind myself that I need to make fondue. I’m a little scared of sterno, but I’m trying to build up the courage. I love soup tureens and scouted thrift stores and yard sales for one for years before finding this one. The silver tray was purchased for a steal at an estate sale.

The tulip paintings are vintage from the 1920s and actually belonged to my Great Grandma. She hung them in her living room above the sofa. I know my Dad especially loves seeing them on display in my house as they remind him of her.

The dishes on display are a mixture of thrifted goodness and a few China town finds from San Francisco. I like collecting white dishware because 1. it’s purty 2. it creates a unifying theme of random objects and 3. I use all my dishes, and do you know what matches with white? White!

I didn’t get a good shot of the green chair in the corner but that is also vintage. We keep it around because we inevitably need extra seating in either the living room or the dining room. I think it was five dollars. The vinyl is starting to split, which is sad, but it’s lived a very useful life.

I adore these curtains but sadly they’ve been badly abused by my cats. Oh well. I bought them cheaply at Ikea and have been on the lookout for curtains at thrift stores for a long time but haven’t found anything the right size yet. I don’t plant to cover any of the bay windows. I like the way they look plain and let in so much light. On a related note I make sure to never walk into the kitchen naked.

I’m super in love with the vintage hammered-tin bowl on the table. I bought it for the shop, of course, but I think I have to keep it. It’s required.Someday, when the planets align the heavens are going to open up and I’m going to find myself at a thrift store holding the vintage light fixture of my dreams in one hand while holding a stack of cash in another. Until then I just keep praying.The last vintage item in the room is the high chair, which my friend Melynda generously purchased for me while yardsaling. I was only just pregnant back then and we referred to the baby as “Peanut” since we didn’t know that she was going to be a little girl.

I keep debating about whether or not to add more art or photos to the wall but so far haven’t come across anything vintage that seems to fit. But I’m not done looking.

This post is part IV in my multi-part series called the Thrifted Home Tour. I am showing off different rooms of my house to display how thrifted items can be worked into the décor to be useful and inspiring items. Partially it’s because I’d love to promote my vintage Etsy shop, and partially because that’s just how I roll. You can find part I here, part II here and part III here.

14 Responses to “Thrifted Home Tour: Dining Room”

  1. Mollie Katie October 11, 2010 at 7:33 am #

    Your chairs remind me of West Elm’s Oval Back Dining Chair. ( Obviously a commercial, not thrifted, solution to the folding chairs. But still. Pretty!

    • LittleBig October 11, 2010 at 9:03 am #

      OMG I think I’m attracted to those sexy chairs.

      (I blame Grumblies.)

      • the grumbles October 11, 2010 at 12:04 pm #

        those chairs DO have the sexy time magic about them…

    • LittleBig October 11, 2010 at 12:11 pm #

      What’s funny is that the chairs we actually want come from West Elm. I’m not sure if they are still there, though. We found them five or six years ago.

  2. the grumbles October 11, 2010 at 8:35 am #

    i like the way your dishes are stacked.

    … that sounds a lot dirtier in my head.

    • LittleBig October 11, 2010 at 9:02 am #

      Oh, Grumblies. That’s no way to sexually harass someone! Here, let me:

      ::wolf whistle::

      “DAMN, GIRL! I like the way your DISHES are STACKED!”

  3. palinode October 11, 2010 at 12:01 pm #

    That dining room is just plain pretty. But I can’t decide whether the fondue pot is trying to make friends with the tureen or quietly planning some kind of fondue ninja assault.

    • LittleBig October 11, 2010 at 12:02 pm #

      A fondue ninja assault is just what the tureen needs. They’re like a romantic comedy waiting to happen.

  4. purplequark October 12, 2010 at 10:35 pm #

    Awesome, keep the tour coming!

  5. Stella February 9, 2011 at 2:11 pm #

    I grew up with that identical high chair-same yellow plaid cushion, same everything! My mom’s boyfriend now uses it for his grandkid when his son visits.

    • LittleBig February 9, 2011 at 2:33 pm #

      Which is super funny, then, because I purchased the high chair at yard sale and the plaid cushion came from my Aunt!

      • Stella February 11, 2011 at 2:13 pm #

        Ok, now that is really weird! I know there is a pic somewhere of my high chair in use…if I find it I’ll scan it and post it on Flickr or something.

      • LittleBig February 11, 2011 at 2:22 pm #

        Yes! Do it!


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