I'm Blue Da Ba Dee Da Ba Da

There's a new view from my living room couch. And it's blue!


Remember like ten years ago a couple of months ago when I nervously asked all of my lovely readers whether or not I should paint our dining room navy blue? And you all emphatically said YES!?

Oh, no she didn't.

Oh, yes I did! It's navy blue now, folks. That is still wet paint on the walls!

Here is a little story of our dining room's history.

previous owners:


a few months after we moved in:




(not sure what the speckled "antique" look on the beadboard was all about?!)

the "I'm nervous to paint navy so lets start with gray" look:


(we painted all of the beadboard/trim the same color white as our kitchen cabinets)

taking the plunge with navy:





We finally got started on our random chair collection (remember my inspiration?) thanks to some hand-me-down chairs from my mom and dad. Thanks, guys! Now when we have friends over for dinner, they don't have to sit in lawnchairs at the dining room table! Ha, and you think I'm kidding! True story.


The wall color is Behr's Starless Night. As you can see, I haven't painted the inside of our built-in wine rack or our plantation blinds (update: see below!) - they're both the original off-white color. Isn't it crazy how yellow the plantation shutters look, now that the trim and beadboard is painted a bright white?!
That beige color used to be our kitchen cabinet color! And actually is still the same color as the rest of our house's trim (we're repainting the trim bright white in each room, slowly but surely!).

**Here's a sneek peek of the updated pictures below!!**


 I must say that I couldn't have slapped this paint up without the help of my gorgeous sister! Thanks, Tori!


(yes, this is totally posed after she had changed from her paint clothes and I remembered to take a pic!)

updated pictures:

Here are some shots of my new rug and the DIY sunburst mirror I created.



And here's another update with the newly stenciled built-in wine rack.



The navy blue was certainly a risk, but oh how I love it!

So do I have "I'm Blue" in your head yet??! Oh how I love 1990's music. You're welcome : )



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65 comments:

  1. Ohmyheavens! I'm so glad you heeded their advice--that navy looks positively perfect! Can't wait to see all the chairs you collect too--thanks for letting us live vicariously through your fun! xoxo {av}

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  2. It looks amazing! You guys did a great job. Your room sure has come a long way!

    And as soon as I saw your post title, I had that song in my head! :)

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  3. LOVE the blue, it's so gorgeous! Well done! I love it!

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  4. I have been SUCH a terrible blogger lately...I commented like zero and actually posted stuff even less. I blame a crazy-busy schedule lately. But, I just HAD to take a minute to say WOW! This looks amazing! I am SO in love with navy right now, and it really looks awesome in your dining room. Nice job on taking the plunge..it definitely paid off and I LOVE it:)

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  5. Love the navy blue....the way you did this with the beadboard on the bottom is just perfect!!!

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  6. The navy looks so good! I'm actually jealous because that's what our media room was "supposed" to look like, instead it turned out Crayola blue. I'd love to have it repainted- notice I didn't say I'd love to repaint it myself! Ha! Kudos to you!! Y'all did a great job!

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  7. I'm loving this color! Oh my goodness! It totally highlights the molding!! I can't wait to see it all finished (:

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  8. I can't not get the song out of my head. ughhhh! I LOVE it. It's fabulous. You and your sister look a lot alike! So excited to see it all come together.

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  9. I'm loving it! The navy and white look great together!

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  10. Looks really great with the white trim! I like the bold color! Really gives the room personality. Can't wait to see the room finished. xo

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  11. Hi there~ It looks absolutely amazing! I love the dark blue with the white- gorgeous! :)

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  12. Oh my gosh, I am loving this!! The navy looks amazing!! I can't believe how yellow those shutters look!! Crazy to think that they are "beige," but they seriously look yellow in the picture!!

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  13. It's wonderful. The navy is so grown-up and elegant. I like warm and broody rooms in restuarants and dining rooms. I can see some candles in their with wine and dinner soon!

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  14. WOW! That looks really stunning. What a statement. You've made a good choice.

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  15. I love it! My sister is Tori too, but when she was young she decided to shorten 'Victoria' to TorY. Strange little sister! :)

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  16. Amazing work. I'll say congratulations even if you got that annoying but catchy tune in my head. I can attest to the fact that dark paint tends to be hard to manage around white so well done. I'm sure it will be worth the effort.

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  17. lookin good....i am loving this navy blue your so lucky that it is working for you!

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  18. Wow!! your dining room looks beautiful. Nice color choice. can't wait to see how you accessorize this space. I was loving your light fixture against the lighter color wall but now... I see what you mean-- the room needs something else. Love your style!!!

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  19. LOVE the navy! Your dining room looks great! And aren't sisters the greatest helpers?! :)

    Can't wait to see what you decide for the wine rack & fabric choices!

    - Lauren

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  20. Hi- new follower here! Your dining room looks fantastic! I've always loved navy as a paint color- especially in a dining room.

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  21. Hi there! I'm new to your blog...found you through Life in Stepps. Just wanted to say I love the navy dining room! Kind of makes me want to paint mine! Oh and I'm Blue is officially going to be in my head for the rest of the day! :)

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  22. i love it! who knew navy is the new "neutral" ?

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  23. Amazing transformation! You must be so pleased.
    Looking forward to seeing more. :) Erica
    ps- I have the same pineapple area rug. Love it!

    http://moth-design.blogspot.com/

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  24. It looks amazing! Yay!!
    I totally love the title of the post too:D

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  25. Hi Michelle! I love the blue! Great choice! and I nominated you for an award! http://chiccoastalliving.blogspot.com/2011/01/stylish-blogger-awardthank-you-mary-ann.html

    Love your blog!!

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  26. I absolutely love it! It's perfectly dramatic and classy all at once, and it's a HUGE color right now--I wouldn't be surprised to see some copycats! =)

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  27. OMG!! it looks amazing girl!! can't wait to see it all finished and looking fabulous!! :)

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  28. it looks awesome! i am so glad you went for it! so dramatic!

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  29. I agree - it's gorgeous!!! I with I had the guts to do that!

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  30. Love it, looks great with the white trim, very fresh looking!

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  31. What a great colour! Looks fab.

    The wine rack wall is a great idea. I don't think you will see much of the wallpaper if you put it on the wall behind the bottles?

    Well done!

    Samantha

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  32. Love how classic navy with white trim is = so exciting that you took the plunge! What a dramatic change!

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  33. WOW!! I am Loving the navy blue!! So gorgeous with all the detail in your room.
    xo

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  34. The room is evolving into a masterpiece. You must be so thrilled...it is remarkable how a single color can add such drama to a space. :)

    Cheers~
    e

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  35. love it michelle! PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE do wallpaper in the back of the wine rack! It would look amazing!

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  36. Looks awesome, can't wait to see what happens in there next!

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  37. It's gorgeous!!! Love it with the white trim and the peek of yellow rug from the other room! I painted a guest bath navy 5 years ago and have yet to tire of it!

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  38. That looks amazing!! =] I love how it turned out!

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  39. I LOOOOVE the navy!!! I was just at Target today and saw they have some very cool navy and white modern accessories and was trying to think which room I could do in navy and white! I am going to have a crayola box in our house but that's ok. :) Great job girl.

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  40. looks amazing - you picked a great navy - I can't wait to see it all coming together :)

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  41. Hi Michelle! Thanks for visiting my blog! That's awesome that you live in ATL as well. Maybe we'll have to do a blogger get together sometime too! ;-) I love this navy! It's something that I've had in my mind to do with a dining room once I get one! I love it! You have great taste and can't wait to explore your blog some more!

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  42. So fab girl!!! It looks awesome! Can't wait to see more photos as you add finishing touches :) xo

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  43. This is an awesome post, I would really love it if you linked this up to Masterpiece Monday at Boogieboard Cottage, the link will be up all Week! Take care, Mary :O)

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  44. The navy is perfect. And I'm even more engaged because I've picked an uber dark grey in the dining room with white wainscoting. Excited!

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  45. I love the navy. My BFF just painted her family room navy with white furniture.
    And I would say a funky wallpaper or fabric for your wine rack wall!

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  46. The room looks amazing. I can see it glowing at night by candlelight. You don't show the ceiling - are you thinking about doing something simple there?

    Dropping by from Met Monday. Hope you'll come see the picture wall I did at DD2's home

    Allison
    Atticmag

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  47. I totally just jumped over to your blog for the first time because I saw the picture of the navy blue walls. LOVE IT!!! I love navy with gold :) And I think a great graphic wallpaper would be awesome for the wine case. Have fun decorating!

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  48. The room looks great. Love the navy, love the rug, and love the stenciling on your rack. I think you've given me the courage to try to do some stenciling on my built-ins.

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  49. I just love it! You are right, it was a risk, but it turned out beautifully! I think it plays well with the dark counter tops I see peeking from the kitchen...the white and dark thing... Very nice!

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  50. It's stunning! And I love the two rugs together - similar enough but opposites.

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  51. AMAZING! What a great color. And, I really love what you've done to create wine rack ... especially the great stencil.

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  52. i love love love love love! i am glad people talked you into this! i am always hesitant (meaning i have never done it!) painting with really dark colors.. and really bright colors.. and other colors.. : ) it looks so great! definitely good risk.

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  53. Wow - I absolutely love it! My husband really wants a dark blue dining room but I've been biting my lip. After seeing your post, I'm ready to jump on board. Great job!

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  54. I love the color you painted the walls. Really amazing. I am hosting a blog party that opens in a few minutes. I would love for you to stop by and join in the fun.

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  55. Your room looks fabulous! I love the contrast of the white and blue. I just redid my half bath in these colors. You can see it at my blog if you would like to take a look.

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  56. LOVE the navy wall color!! I fell in love with it after seeing it in the west elm catalog!! Question.. can you tell me what the color is on your kitchen & living room walls? I want that same color in my kitchen! Thank you!!!

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  57. Hi Michelle-I just found your blog, this morning, through Centsational Girl; it's great! I want to show you my family room b/c it looks just like your dining room! Best-Carson, Westhampton DIY
    http://westhamptondiy.blogspot.com/search/label/makeover

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  58. Saw your dining room photo on Houzz and it brought me to your blog. What a great job you've done with your entire house. Quick question: You mentioned the Behr color, but I'm wondering what sheen you used and if your walls are textured. They look a little glossy, but that doesn't always work with textured walls. Thanks.

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