The Fat Hydrangea

Sara Michelle - Columbus, Ohio

Fall Decor

White Painted Dining Room Chairs and a White Pumpkin Centerpiece

Dining Room, DIY Projects, Flowers, Fall DecorSara Michelle B.1 Comment

The project that I thought would take a day but actually ended up taking a month is FINALLY DONE! Yes, my dining room chairs are finally 100% painted white, and I LOVE them! Totally worth the wait. 


Why did it take so long? I think we started this project a month ago with plans to finish them in a weekend. We got them sanded right away and planned to spray paint them that day, but the wind was so bad it kept blowing back in my husband's face so we had to stop. The next days we had planned to paint them called for rain, so we couldn't bring the chairs out. The weekend after that I was not feeling well and had my scare with the baby, so it went on the back burner again. Finally this past weekend, it was beautiful and we got them 100% done! They ended up needing three light coats of spray paint and some final touch ups. For less than $100, it definitely was a project with a big impact!

(Yes, you may have noticed in my recent fall home tour that the chairs desperately needed another coat of paint... I tried to photoshop and angle the photos the best I could! I just couldn't get them done in time... that's life for you sometimes!) 


They absolutely achieve what I wanted to achieve in terms of giving the dining room a new look and brightening things up! 


The classic black was nice too, but sometimes you just need a change and I was definitely at that point!


I also realized that for my last few dining room shoots (here,  here, and here) I used the same vase for my centerpiece, so I decided to totally switch that up too and go with something completely different. Usually I prefer tall vases and big flowers, but I am kind of liking the understated and low arrangement this time! I also think I'm in super nesting mode (36 weeks, 6 days!) so I am decorating/organizing like a mad woman. 

What do you think? Do you like the change as much as I do? My only question is whether I should put a coat of poly on them... any avid furniture painters have any advice? I think it might help with the durability (though we did use a high gloss paint!) but I'm afraid of them eventually yellowing. I'd love your feedback!

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Finally Fall Home Tour 2016

Fall DecorSara Michelle B.6 Comments

Hello friends! I'm SO excited to be a part of the Finally Fall Home Tour along with some amazing bloggers! This year I am really focused on Thanksgiving since we will be hosting both of our families for the holiday this year! Good food, good wine, crisp cool weather, football, and pie - I'm excited already!

In terms of design, I've been super inspired by navy buffalo plaid recently, so that is carried throughout my house at the moment.  I'm particularly in love with these placemats and napkins from Williams-Sonoma! I'm also really into white mums and white pumpkins. I think that is why I had to splurge on this beautiful Staub White Pumpkin Cocotte. I see lots of soups and stews on our fall menu!

One of my other favorite new additions are these "Thankful" plates from Williams-Sonoma. Perfect addition to the tabletop!

Another element of planning for Thanksgiving is the kids' table! Miles picked out the Turkey plates himself from Pottery Barn Kids yesterday. That is also where we got the table. We are a little rough on things, this one has seen better days! The chairs are from Restoration Hardware Baby & Child.

Unfortunately I can't show you our living room decorated for fall at the moment because our new couch doesn't arrive until Tuesday, so the room is bare at the moment! I can't wait to show you once it does come in though!

And a couple more pictures just for fun... First, is there anything more exciting than a car filled with mums and pumpkins?

Last but not least, I tried REALLY hard to get a cute picture of Miles and Leo to round out the tour, but they were not having it!

FarmHouse Fall Tour Series Recap!

Home Tour, Holiday Decor, Fall DecorSara Michelle B.Comment

Last week I had the awesome opportunity to be a part of the Farmhouse Fall Tour series with 14 very talented bloggers! Today's post includes a recap of my favorite pics through each stop on the tour and links back to each tour! Be sure to check them all out if you haven't already!