13. December 2012 · 15 comments · Categories: House · Tags: , ,

For those of you who like house stuff, I am going to regale you with the amazing makeover of the dining room in the new house.

For those of you who just like food, well . . . this is the freaking dining room so food gets eaten there.  Theoretically speaking of course, since we eat our meals in the breakfast nook of the kitchen.

Also, I painted the room Anjou Pear by Sherwin Williams.

Which is a food.  I know the title of this post says Copen Blue but since that’s not a food item, let’s just skip it for now till I have you all reeled in then we’ll get to that part.

First up, for reference, the dining room in the old house.

Oh hey, look at that.  Anjou Pear.  Yes, this is a post about a makeover and yes I did paint the new dining room the same as the old dining room.  At least part of it.  I firmly believe in sprucing up a home every so often, a.k.a if you haven’t spruced your home since the Cleveland Browns last won the Superbowl, it’s time for a change.  Like perhaps rooting for a winning sports team.  In all fairness though, the dining room at the old house was one of the last rooms I painted so the color is still fresh in my opinion.  Besides, I love it.  Love it, love it, LOVE IT!

Those were not my original curtains as I removed a lovely striped pair before we put the house on the market so I could keep them.  They’ll be making an appearance in the breakfast nook someday.  These brown curtains were in Sweetey’s Petey’s room before we swapped them out for blackout curtains.

Out with the old, in with the new-ish. Here’s the dining room in our new pad as seen from the living room.

Off to the left are doors to the kitchen.

Off to the right is a window.

Everywhere else is pink and beige.  Pink walls, beige carpet.  I had literally just gotten rid of the beige carpet at the old house in favor of some lovely Pergo hardwood laminate and dangit if it isn’t back.  I’m messy and kids are messy so I don’t think carpet belongs in a dining room, but that particular improvement isn’t in the budget right now.  (Besides, it’s actually really nice carpet, even despite the fact it’s beige.  And I am soooo not a beige person.) Neither is a new table.  Frankly, our current table looked way better at the old house with the wood floor than it does here.  We’d like a different set someday but right now it is what it is.  Which is free.

You’ll notice there’s a chair rail in the dining room.  I had every intention of really fooding up the place and painting Anjou Pear everywhere, but I started with the bottom.  Pears are bottom heavy anyway so it made sense, foodily speaking of course

Several episodes of Private Practice on Netflix later, one window fan and a broken down diaper box to keep out the cold air and I had two coats of Superpaint on the bottom half of the walls.

Then I stopped for awhile, with every intention of picking up some more pears.  In the mantime, er meantime,  The Husband decided to take ownership of the dining room and starting flipping through my massive collection of paint swatches.

Hi, my name is Joanna and I hoard Sherwin Williams’ paint swatches.

Since then Mike has picked out curtains and rods, hung pictures, decorated the bar area AND banned me from wearing shoes in his Man Cave.  But we won’t go there. 

This is where Copen Blue comes into the dining room.

Please ignore the fact that according to Sherwin Williams my dining room is suddenly a rustic teenagers room, albeit a streamlined rustic teenagers room.  Eh, teenagers like to eat so it works.

Anyway, The Husband decided it would be a waste of a good chair rail NOT to paint a second color and quickly decided on Copen Blue for the dining room.  Though please note he did not offer to paint the Copen Blue in the dining room.

We stopped by Sherwin Williams and splurged on a gallon of their zero VOC paint, Emerald.  Then I painted.  Then I made The Husband move the hutch five different places (I helped too, swear) till I was happy.

Then we hung a curtain rod.  And curtains.  Which still need to be ironed, but it’s on my list of things to do (someday, maybe).  Not sure when that’s gonna happen since before “iron the curtains” on my list of things to do is “buy an ironing board.”

And art!  Oh hey, look.  Pears.

Somehow I made it all fit.

This post is feeling all sorts of long.  Is it feeling long to you?  I’ll continue on tomorrow with some holiday decorations as well as truly fascinating information on outlet covers, switch plates, what this project cost, what still needs to be done and why we have what we do in our dining room.  The word “grandma” comes to mind.  Yup, we’re cool in the Midwest.  And cheap apparently.

One thing I am not cheap about though, is paint.  In fact, I’m kind of a paint snob.  I paint Sherwin Williams paint and nothing else.  Yes, it’s more expensive but it’s so worth it.  Their staff is extraordinarily helpful not only with paint selection and tools but they even carry the paint to my car AND make small talk about the weather while doing it.  The nice redhead at our local store didn’t even laugh at me when I tried unsuccessfully to open the trunk of someone else’s car.  What.  It looked just like mine.  It even had the spoiler.  So it’s not my fault really.  I typically prefer Superpaint in the Satin finish, though I have taken a quick liking to the zero VOC Emerald now that Sweetey Petey is with us.  I used both in the dining room and both covered well and covered evenly with two coats.

Don’t skimp people, paint two coats.  You should always, always paint two coats.

Coming up next week will be my thoughts on pumpkin (you’re gonna want to read this one) as well as recipes and reviews for fudge and “roasted” soup inspired by Aly of Fudging Ahead.


Question of the Day:  Are you totally rapping “Copen Blue in the Dining Room” in your head right now?  No?  Just me?  Told ya we were cool in the Midwest!



  1. I love having rooms repainted. It makes everything feel fresh and new. And, I totally agree on the hardwood floors. They’re a must. Found you over at Abby’s place.

    • Thanks for visiting! I love reading Abby’s blog, she may be the wittiest person I know. I wasn’t sure if my foodie friends would care about a home makeover post, but I guess if people didn’t like that stuff HGTV wouldn’t exist, right? That was my favorite channel before the great Budget Crunch of 2011 caused us to cancel cable TV.

  2. “…since the Cleveland Browns last won the Superbowl, it’s time for a change. Like perhaps rooting for a winning sports team.”

    Ouch. That’s cold, baby. Cold. Way to ruin my morning.

    I’ve never thought of it this way before, but at least the city of Cleveland has won a major sports championship or two (not many more) since Pabst last won the Blue Ribbon in 1893 for best beer in America. Yay Cleveland!

    • It was all in good fun, promise. Rooting for the Browns will be a good lesson for Petey to learn. A lesson about failure. Gotta learn it sometime in life right? Love ya baby. If I pick you up a chocolate covered Oreo will you forgive me? I already got you that Craft Beer Shampoo so the beer part is already taken care. And I let you hang that Pabst sign in the family room. I think that qualifies me for a Cleveland Browns dig. Or two.

      • Gives a man backbone when it’s learned at a young age that even your pastimes (those activities designed to distract you from a dreary soul-crushing existence)… even your pastimes choke out what little hope and joyfulness you thought you could eek out of the pointless day-to-day grind.

        You know, to prepare him for marriage.

  3. You could sing the phrase to the Copa-cabana song 😀 “cobalt, cobalt blue in the dining rooooom”

    I am a beige-y kind of girl, but I was super proud to paint my kitchen in my old home. It had bad wallpaper with a border on top….so in one weekend, I removed all of it (and I had a huuuuuge kitchen) as well as primed and painted. I picked a green because beige wouldn’t have worked (the cabinets were off-white, and the countertops were yellow).

    I can’t wait to see more 🙂

    • Hmmmm. I don’t think so. You don’t seem like a beige girl to me!!! You got married in a red wedding dress. That very much makes you NOT beige. We have yellow countertops in our new kitchen and I was thinking green would go well too.

  4. I’ve been painting too – my kitchen is now gypsy moth by Martha Stewart. My husband also demands to be involved in the process so when he’s sent away for work I paint and then the kids and I wait to see how long it will take before he notices. Very entertaining.

    • I am so going to try that with the hall bath. He very rarely uses it so it will be hilarious to see how long it takes him to figure it out. I like the name Gypsy Moth. I have often considered painting on name alone.

  5. We aren’t going to paint anything around here which makes me happy and sad all at the same time.
    We have beige carpet EVERYWHERE and that’s not goin anywhere either. I like the choice of the Copen on top of the Anju. I also really like that picture of olives. My mouth started salivating just looking at it. I feel like Kyle would also like your dining room and he is a teenager so I guess it works.

    Paul would like to say that the Steelers have 6 superbowl rings. So theres that.

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  7. So lovely! love the colors you chose.

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