family, Painted Furniture, Reused frame

Making Formal Furniture Work for a Modern Family

I know you are sick and tired of hearing about my move.  I am tired of it too. Right now I do not have any creative projects of my own going on.  It is killing me, but Hubby is picking up a piece this Monday for the new home.

My friend and neighbor  Shahana, has a very busy home.  I have enjoyed watching them grow up across the street.   There are two elementary aged daughters, one junior school son, three dogs, and a shift working husband.   The beautiful formal dining room furniture she inherited from her mom is a treasure to her but let’s face it, right now they are not the formal dinner with white linen napkins kind of home.  Shahana has a very eclectic, fun style that ignores a lot of the “decorating rules”.

family dining room

I love her nod to summer.  A vintage picnic basket is the centerpiece on the table.  The runner she got on clearance after Christmas.  It is a linen fabric with a red stripe.  Perfect to make you think of summer picnics.


So the question was what to do with a huge china cabinet, formal table and 6 chair?  The china cabinet hung out in the much too small breakfast area while my friend tried to figure it all out.  Finally, she decided to make the set work for her family.  She took the doors off the front of the cabinet and installed her coffee makers into the center.  I have a feeling she may not be through with the piece.  She may decide down the road to paint it and take out the glass in the doors.

China cabinet reused

She also decided to paint the chairs without arms a wonderful blue color.  I donated some of the chevron fabric from my chair day to two of the chairs and she purchased a blue sort of zebra fabric for the other two.  Because they have a lot of company for meals, a pair of small black chairs were added.  I also love that she kept the arm tables the mahogany color, but added a punch with the fabric.



Painted formal chairs

The corner cabinet looks old, but is a recent purchase with a lot of her treasures on top.

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Her mom’s desk nameplate is on top.  I love that she honors her in this family room.



This frame sometimes has a chalkboard in it.  I love that she thinks the frame is pretty enough alone.

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What a welcoming space.

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