farmhouse dining room

House & Home

August 27, 2015

ahhhhh this room… the first (almost) complete room that we have done in the farmhouse. meaning it’s the only room we’ve painted and put new furniture in, light fixtures etc. so this is the before.. the wallpaper was layered and layered and took me almost a month to tear down. but i finally got it all completely off. then had to repair the plaster walls behind the wallpaper. needless to say…it took forever.
dining room 2

once the wallpaper was off we painted the trim with a glossy “space black” here is the thing though. we got it all painted and the paint started peeling off the trim. (i sanded it) and it seriously, peeled off in sheets. so for the next two weeks we peeled paint off the walls. then we took a belt sander to the trim and repainted it, finally getting it to stick. FINALLY.

Dining room 1

behold the finished product! a huge thanks to my friend dann who is so excellent with color and helped picked out the colors for this room. the large coral cabinet was a find from my friend marks shop lost and found in grand rapids  and i had to have it. i decorated with all of my favorite farm flea finds (say that five times fast)
dining room 3
the chairs were picked up from a discount furniture store in chicago and i paired them with a farmhouse table that i refinished a few years ago. it used to be layered with pink paint. i stripped it, sanded it, stained it and put a layer of poly on it. it was definitely a labor of love. oh and pay no mind to my hoard of vintage tablecloths in the cupboard. there are almost 250 of them. whoops.

dining room 4
i thought about putting cookbooks in the cubby but i couldn’t help but stuff it with my growing jadeite collection (oh and collie statues).

dining room 5
the wall sconces were my first purchase from schoolhouse electric. i needed something shiny and simple and these were a great price for a handmade US product. the large pendant light was my first purchase for the house (well intentional purchase for the house) from CB2. i must say it shipped for $5 and arrived in two days! 
dining room 6
the curtains are the most recent purchase from our NEW local west elm! i love the sheer checked print (you know me and plaid). the room is kind of dark but needed curtains. the sheer was perfect! i just have to hem them a bit. of course measured a little wrong.

dining room 7
so what do you think so far?  i need a rug for sure but i’d say other than some wall art, this room is coming along nicely!

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  1. Amy says:

    Love the room…..

    Love your blog. I look forward to the dose of inspiration I get every time I read it.

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  3. Julie Sosnowski says:

    Hi Abigail. I just had to tell you. I lived in the farmhouse from 1991 to 2011. We raised three children there and absolutely loved it. Once the kids were all gone out of the house, it just seemed to big for the two of us. We downsized. We love where we are now. Still in Allegan, living in the woods. That house holds so many wonderful memories for us. I love what you are doing with the place.

    • Becky Martin says:

      One of my (extended) family members lived there in the 80s. My routine has me driving by several times a week, and I have always enjoyed seeing the activity and changes over the years — animals/no animals, candles in the windows, ferns on the porch, repairs to bars and fences….

      It’s a great property, and I look forward to watching you (Abigail & Joe) care for it as I drive past in the years to come.

      Go Hope! ’97

Abigail Albers       Author

Abby is a wife and mother, antique shopper, entrepreneur, gardener, sheep lady, sequin enthusiast and your Midwest Martha Stewart Wannabe.. Follow her on instagram @adventuresinabbyland.

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