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Hold onto your corsets ladies and gents, the dining room is FINISHED!!!

*hyperventilates with excitement*

“OK… calm down Sue… it’s not ENTIRELY finished, is it? No. You have a radiator to paint, a shelf to put up, and more dining room chairs to source… am I right?”

Dammit… she’s right.

But it’s ALMOST FINISHED!!!

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And I can’t wait another moment to share it with you.

So without further ado, I present to you, The OneandSeventy Dining Room.

Get me making a video… complete with creaky floor sound effects.

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Inspired by Victorian England, Hogwarts-meets-Baker-Street and an innate love of gothic drama, This room’s been furnished almost entirely with charity shop finds and upcycled/repurposed/sale aisle furniture.

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All apart from the chandelier. No, THAT my lovelies, was John Lewis.

Isn’t she a thing of beauty?

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Granted, a dramatic dining room complete with skulls isn’t to everyone’s taste, but Beloved and I absolutely love it.

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Every time I walk in the room, a big grin crawls across my face and I’m actually blown away by what we’ve managed to achieve on a very small budget.

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And after 25 years together, Beloved FINALLY has the standard lamp he’s always wanted!

There’s a story in there.

I’ve also managed to incorporate some of the things I’ve been hoarding, like a Pentacle rug that I bought in Glastonbury many moons ago.

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And the spooky TK Maxx typewriter that I first hyperventilated over when we were in Utah last month.

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As is the way with my work, the décor isn’t entirely faithful to a particular style. I call it Victorian Gothic, because that’s what I aspired to, but there are a few areas the purists would have a field day with.

Like a  gallery wall instead of wallpaper.

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And a distinct lack of drapery tassels.

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But I do have an apothecary cabinet. Suzy-made, naturally!

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If you’ve read about some of my other decorating exploits, you’ll know that Beloved and I inherited some dubious décor choices when we bought OneandSeventy. Take the dining room for instance.

The before photo is really rather nice.

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But the previous owners in their infinite wisdom decided to paint the walls (which are all lined) with a suede-effect paint. Textured paint is all well and good, but this one left the walls rough, like really scratchy masonry.

You can see what I mean in this picture from last Halloween.

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It ruled out my notion of gorgeous wallpaper (that ended up in the bedroom). Quite simply, I didn’t fancy having to replace it when the texture ripped holes in it, nor did I relish the prospect of stripping all the walls and likely ending up needing a plasterer.

No Sir-eeee.

For a slightly longer moment, I did consider sanding it, but expert advice warned us off attempting it with lining paper.

So paint it was, in the form of Valspar’s Premium emulsion in Carriage Wheel and you know what? That texture is a lot more friendly than it was before – yay for primer in paint!

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As for tassels…

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I bought some of the most exquisite curtain tie backs you ever did see, but placing furniture on either side of the conservatory doors does rather render them useless! So instead (at least for the moment until I find a solution), I have reappropriated them to the yet-to-be-replaced dining room chairs.

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Ever resourceful, me.

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So there you have it. Don’t ever say I haven’t shown you every nook and cranny!

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What do you think of OneandSeventy’s Victorian Gothic Dining Room makeover?

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All ready for Halloween, no?

As always, I’d love to hear from you, so drop a comment below to let me know, or come on over to Instagram and Facebook for a chat.

A hui hou,

With love from @SuzyHomemakerUK

 

 

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