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A Spring Look in the Dining Room

I love my deep, dark, velvet curtains. This was my Pottery Barn inspiration photo.

Here’s a glimpse of my dining room last week.

A few of my bloggy friends got me thinking that I really need to lighten up for Spring and Summer. As much as I love my warm and cozy dinging room, it does feel a little dark on an eighty degree day in August. Kim, over at Savvy Southern Style,lightened up her living room. The Thrifty Decor Chick, thriftydecorchick.blogspot.com has been lightening up. Enter the Lowe’s paint drop cloths again…

Remember how much I loved my drop cloth curtain in the laundry room?

Well, here’s the lightening up version of my dining room.

I used the paint drop cloths from Lowes. The first time I saw this idea was on Layla’s blog, theletteredcottage.net. She uses them in her dining room and they look perfect. I love the way they have a natural linen/burlapish feel. I’m so excited about the way they turned out. I’m not loving the tie backs. I’d rather not have tie backs at all, but I like the way the light comes in when the drapes are pulled back.

I have a lot more springifying to do in the dining room, but right now I’m glad I’ve lightened up a bit.

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The Comments

  • Mary
    March 31, 2010

    Looks amazing! I need to send someone a picture of my living/dining rooms and get some ideas…I'm terrible with that!

  • helenabelle
    March 31, 2010

    Looks great! The new curtains make the room look so bright and airy. I think you made an excellent choice for the summer months.

  • Lou Cinda
    March 31, 2010

    Oh I love it!! That made a huge difference!! Gotta love those drop cloths. I am afraid Lowes is going to catch on and raise the price!! I love your other drapes too, but this will be great for Spring and Summer!!

    Lou Cinda 🙂

  • Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions
    March 31, 2010

    Nice! I just got some linen panels from Target that I will be lightening up my dining room with, too. Love the treatment I have, but I'm feeling it's a little heavy for Spring/Summer and I think the linen will do the trick. I did love the one in your laundry room ~ glad to see you were able to adapt it to your dining room!

  • Sandra
    March 31, 2010

    The curtains make a huge difference…it is very light and springy now.

  • Amy Lynne
    March 31, 2010

    I've been thinking about taking down my dark curtains for the summer, but I'm not sure I can get my hubby to buy it 😉 Your room looks great!

  • Mary Ellen
    March 31, 2010

    Love the light look!!

  • Lanie Ree
    March 31, 2010

    The light curtains are so perfect for spring! I want to come to dinner sometime. Your dining room looks so inviting!

    Thank you for linking this to A Little Craft Therapy with Life in the Pitts.

  • Jason and Jill
    March 31, 2010

    Love this! I would love for you to come link up over at my blog! I've got prizes 🙂

  • Sandra Powell
    April 2, 2010

    Saw you on Feature yourself Friday. What a big difference. Looks great!

  • Rachelle
    April 2, 2010

    It's like night and day! I love it! I use drop cloth curtains throughout my whole house.. I'm addicted!

  • kim
    April 2, 2010

    The painter's drop cloth drapes look great. The room is brighter looking. Thanks for the compliments on my table. Glad I inspired you. That is what blogging is all about. Can't wait to see what you do.

  • Rosie@Journey to Charm
    April 2, 2010

    Wow! That made a huge difference. Beautiful for the season.

  • Doni
    April 2, 2010

    Love what you did in there! I'm gonna have to get to Lowes!! My guest room could use that same makeover! Thanks for sharing!!

  • violetlady
    April 2, 2010

    They look great! I love that idea.

  • Cara
    April 2, 2010

    LOVE this! How great!


  • Jamie
    April 2, 2010

    Wow! They changed the entire room! Amazing. I do love your deep velvet drapes too though!

  • Sugar Bananas
    April 2, 2010

    This is such an inspiration to lighten my living room. I have sofas the color of your dark curtains and dark wood floors. Thanks for posting – and I'll be back – you have a new follower 🙂

  • ~ ~ Ahrisha ~ ~
    April 2, 2010

    Brilliant! Love the summer look and in the fall you can get the velvet out again. What fun.
    ~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

  • Stacey @ The Blessed Nest
    April 2, 2010

    Love the new, lightened look! Beautiful!


  • Victoria
    April 2, 2010

    Oh I love it! What a difference that made:) I need to do something like this on our big ugly apartment sliding doors, I'll have to look into the drop cloth idea.

    Your newest follower:)

  • Becolorful
    April 2, 2010

    I am so intrigued. I have like eight windows in my living room. I spent way too on window treatments ten years ago and now I am soooooooo over them. This could be my solution.
    Thanks for sharing. Yours look amazing. I don't sew much but I am guessing you just made a rod pocket? I also would like to hang them a bit high and have them drag. I'm heading to Lowe's to see if this will work.
    Thanks so much for the idea.
    Pam @ Becolorful

  • A Cottage Muse
    April 2, 2010

    So fresh and bright! Glad I stopped by!

  • Debra@Common Ground
    April 2, 2010

    I DO love this lighter look for Spring!

  • Rosewood Cottage
    April 2, 2010

    this is lovely! 🙂

  • Sarah
    April 3, 2010

    LOVE IT!

  • Ann
    April 3, 2010

    I love those dark chairs with the light curtains. Looks fab!!

  • Maridith @ Strictly Homemade
    April 5, 2010

    What a transformation for the spring great job! I love using drop cloth!! It is the best material!

    Your dining room is beautiful!!

  • Kaysi
    April 5, 2010

    Wow the lighter color really lightens up the room!

  • Frugal Home Designs
    April 5, 2010

    What a great transformation with something so simple. It looks so light and fresh. Great job.

  • Chris
    April 6, 2010

    What a difference the light curtains make…and for so little too!

  • My So Called Creative Life...
    April 6, 2010

    They look so good!

  • Carrie @ Dittle Dattle
    April 6, 2010

    What a transformation! The new curtains really ligtened up the room.

  • JoLynn
    April 19, 2010

    Love the change!! And I love your light fixture/chandelier over your table…am looking for one just like that for our dining room. Can I ask where you found yours? Thanks!