Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Changes in my Dining Room

I know….I know….the last time I posted I promised that I would be back soon with a couple of big purchases that Chuck and I made in Amish country.  I honestly don’t know what my problem has been with posting on my blog.  I don’t feel like I have much time to myself anymore.  I was just kind of adjusting to the in and out schedules of Brittney working and Justin’s college classes when Justin finally found a job after being unemployed all summer.  It’s a full time job with excellent pay and after 60 days he’ll receive full benefits.  The only drawback is he works nights from 10:00 pm until 6:30 am.  So trying to adjust to a new sleep pattern and taking college classes full-time has been a little rough on him.  And let me tell you, he’s been a wee bit crabby!!  lol    I’m trying to adjust, myself, by making sure I get things done, like vacuuming, or anything else that might make noise,  done before he lays down to sleep.  I find myself afraid to do too much for fear of waking him up!!Ohhh……I miss the days when they were in school and I had the whole day to myself!   Oh well, I guess that’s life and we’ll adjust eventually!


As I mentioned before, Chuck and I found a couple of pieces of furniture at one of the antique malls in Amish country that we absolutely loved.  We refrained from buying them right away because we knew we were going to Lancaster, Pa and we wanted to make sure that we weren’t going to find something we liked better.

So do you want to see what we bought?!!!




My new Pie Safe!!

It’s in perfect shape and has punched tin panels on the sides.  The wood is a gorgeous walnut.  The only thing not original on it is the latch on the doors and that has been on for quite some time because the wood is worn down from the latch rubbing it.


This is the other piece of furniture we bought:


My new farmhouse table!!

Isn’t it gorgeous?  The wood has so much character!!  You can see the square nails that were used in making it.  The wood was a little dull when we first brought it home, but after I applied linseed oil, the beauty of the wood came to life!  I love it!!

Here’s another angle:


And you know what happens after you get something new, don’t you?  lol  Lots of tweaking!!  The whole Dining Room got a makeover!!

I repainted my hutch.  It was navy blue and now it’s Savannah Red from Olde Century paints.  I’m hoping to replace the knobs, but I’m just not sure with what, yet.

This is the “before”:

Dining Room 2009 006

And this is the “after”:


Besides tweaking the shelves, I also found a couple of chairs at a local antique store to place on each side and bought some matching tin candle sconces.


See that adorable little pillow with the pumpkin sitting on my chair?  My very sweet friend, Linda, made that for me for my birthday along with a very cute towel that I’ll share with you later when I post some pictures  of my Fall displays.

Another sweet friend, Pam, made the round cheese basket, also for my birthday.


This is the display on top of the pie safe.


I moved my dough bowl rack from the wall by the hutch to above my chair.  It’s a lot more visible here than where I had it.  My son didn’t even know that there WAS a dough bowl rack!! 


I was so excited because everything seemed to be falling into place with the makeover.  All I had left to do was make new curtains and the fabric I ordered from Family Heirloom Weavers came right on cue!  I had ordered 6 yards and as I was cutting the fabric into 1 yard lengths, I found out that the last yard was only 26” long!!  Oh, no…..!!!!  Well, they corrected the error, but I had to wait 3 weeks because they were out of the color I needed and they had to weave a new batch.  I just finished them a couple of days ago.  I love how they turned out!  I also made some for my Living Room.

The pictures aren’t too great.  The lighting was either too bright or too dark!  The pattern is Sea Star & Jewels in chocolate brown/linen.





On the first weekend in October, Chuck and I took another little getaway to our Amish country in Holmes county.  Even though it’s only an hour away from us, we spent the night in a new hotel that’s been only open for a few months.  It’s called the Berlin Grande Hotel and it  was absolutely gorgeous!!  I’ve been watching this thing being built every time I’ve been to Berlin and loved all of the stone work on the outside.  I couldn’t wait to see the inside.  I was kind of surprised to see that the decor had a modern/contemporary style.  All of the pictures that I’ve seen of other lodge places have shown a country style decor with quilts on the beds, so this was definitely not the norm, but it was very nice!

These first few pictures are from their website:

berlin grand hotel

berlin 2

berlin hotel

berlin lobby

This was the 2nd floor lounge

These next pictures are of our room, which was fabulous!! 







We stopped at a few antique shops in Millersburg and found this unusual thing.


Any guesses as to what it is?



It’s a tub with a water heater!!  Isn’t that cool?!!  It dates back to the 1800’s!  You add fuel oil into the little cylinder on the right and the burner is on the bottom ( you definitely need to be careful of splashing!) that heats the water which is stored in the larger tank.  Once the water is heated, just turn on the spigot in the front.  And when you’re all done with your bath, just fold it up and roll it out of the way!  The man that owns the antique shop said that this style of tub is very rare.  The only other one that he is aware of is at the Biltmore Estates in North Carolina.  So if anyone wants a very rare, unique tub, it’s only $3,000!  lol



Out of the few purchases that I made, these were my greatest finds!!


Are you wondering what the heck I’m going to do with all of these funnels?  Well…….you’ll have to wait until the Spring issue of A Primitive Place magazine comes out!!  If you don’t already have a subscription, click HERE and order yours now!!  I am SO excited!!! I can’t wait to show you the tutorial using funnels!  So, in the meantime, be on the lookout for some at your local antique shops. I found these in only 2 stores!  They tended to be in areas where there were tools.


Well, that’s all I have for now!  I’ll leave you with this one last picture.  I thought he was adorable!  He was sitting outside of Rebecca’s Bistro & Tea Room in Walnut Creek.  They used dried hydrangeas for his hair!  How cute!


Until Next Time. . . . .Kris


  1. Be Still My Heart!
    I am drooling over the pie safe...the great new color that you painted your hutch...the new curtains you made...heck I love it all!
    You home has always looked warm and inviting, but this just adds a little bit more warmth!
    Have a great week!

  2. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous... everything fits so nicely. I am in love with that pie safe and your cupboards in red, awesome job.

    Kris, is there a website where you get your cloth... I can't find it anywhere in my area.

    You did a fantastic job.

    Hugs, Deb

  3. Simply gorgeous! I just love your new finds and every last detail of your dining room makeover, Kris! What a warm, welcoming, and well-appointed space. Just beautiful.

  4. What a picture perfect pie safe. I love the piece on top just as much. Your table is to die for. It looks like it was made for your dining room. Both pieces fit perfectly into your decor. Very nice makeover on your hutch. I like the new color even better than the old one. Sounds like you and your hubby had a fantastic get away. Wish I could go with you next time Kris. You always come back with the best things.

  5. Everything looks gorgeous in your home, love the new pie safe and table!!

  6. Now this was worth the wait for sure!!! I am also drooling over that pie safe. I always liked you hutch in blue but it looks awesome in red. You did an amazing job on your curtains. I would love to know how to do them. They look so perfect on your windows. Your farm table was a great find and looks so nice in your room along with the new chairs. You did good girlfriend!

  7. My kids are 38 and 31 grown married both lived out of state and both have Master Degrees and I have grandbabies.
    We been empty nesters for 15 years.

    I see you stayed at that new place in Berlin.

    Wooster OH

  8. Beautiful Table & Pie safe! The room looks so warm & inviting!
    I love the curtains you made, if you want to make more, I could use 2 for my bedroom!
    Amish Country, yes! I love Northeast Ohio, but always enjoy a visit down South!
    I invite you & your friends to visit my blog@ http://deppenhomestead1862.blogspot.com/
    Have a nice fall day!

  9. Oh Kris your pie safe is stunning!...it looks to be in much better shape than my recent find!...I love the piece you have on top of it too!...your farm table is fantastic, your hutch is gorgeous in red, and I LOVE the window treatments you made! WOW!!

    I updated my blog and picture trail on Sunday, stop in for a peek when you have a minute!


  10. Hi Kris.............love the pie safe, table and your new painted hutch. What a fun time you must have had. The fabric for the curtains is so pretty too. BTW......did you line the curtains?
    Have a good week.

  11. Love all of your great finds Kris. You did a wonderful job on the curtains; I love them. I want to go back to Amish country in Ohio. I was there for the first time in July; it's about 5 hrs. away from us. We used to live about an hour away from Lancaster County, PA and I still love it there. I'll be going back for Christmas!

  12. WOW!!!! You simply amaze me. There is no end to your talents. Love your "new" finds. What a beautiful home you have.

  13. Kris, your dining room is awesome. I love the pie safe and table, the madeover hutch is fabulous and the curtains, well, they are simply stunning and I love the fabric. Just beautiful, all of it. I'm curious about the funnel and I'm happy to say I have a couple. Have a great week.

  14. Oh my gosh Kris. I thought your home couldn't be any more beautiful but you proved me wrong. I love the pie safe and that farm table is just gorgeous! I love a piece of furniture you can drop a sledgehammer on and not worry about leaving a mark!!!LOL We had our table made full of huge dents and dings too! I love it! Oh and you painted that beautiful hutch the perfect color red! Your new curtains look stunning! You are so amazing Kris. Is there anything you can't do? I'll bet not! Love Love Love everything! I can't wiat to see what you're doing with those funnels!

  15. OMG, Kris...that Table....ohhhhhhhhhhhhh that table :) what a gorgeous hunk of beautiful primness!!! I love it.

    Your curtains turned out great, they look perfect in there. Love your new pieces, and your re-do and all your tweaks!

  16. Kris,
    Your dining room looks fabulous. The pie safe is delicious, but that table is to die for. It's all those other details that pull everything together with such a professional yet personal touch. I can come for a meal in that gorgeous room anytime, and I'll even help clean up after in that super new kitchen.

  17. WOW ~ What a great post, but doesn't surprise me. Every single time you post, you have lots of goodies to share and this post was jam packed. I love your new purchases and I am so happy that you FINALLY shared them. You know me and my ability or non-ability to be patient (LOL). Everything looks wonderful and I love that table and that pie safe is just so old and wonderful and that bathtub is very neat...very unusual.

    As for you posting... I sure do miss seeing you around and hopefully as the cold weather approaches we will see more of you : )

    Can't wait to see what you are going to do with those funnels. I am SUPER excited to see you at The Simple Goods show....hopefully I get there early enough because I have a little something for you for your Belated Birthday!! I hope you like it.

    Have a great week my friend.


  18. Kris,
    I don't know where to start everything is just gorgeous...the pie safe is beautiful and your farm table is stunning!!!
    The curtains you made are beautiful and your tweaks are perfect!!You have made your home very warm and welcoming.
    What a awesome re-do on your hutch~love the color!!! Thanks for sharing :) Can't wait to see what you have in store for the funnels.
    Have a great week!

  19. Kris, your new pie safe and table are beautiful! I don't blame you for being so excited. Your hutch looks wonderful in it's new red. Your curtains look fantastic! You are such a talented girl! Loved this post and all of the eye candy.

  20. What a gorgeous transformation!! Your dining room is sooooo prim.....soooo inviting...so what's fer dinner?? :O)

    LOVE all those old antique shops in amish country....it's a day out I long for soon!! Glad you were able to get away and enjoy!!

    Happy wednesday!!

  21. Your home is beautiful!!
    Love all of it!!

    Just curious...when you painted your hutch, did you strip the old color and then paint the Savannah Red color? I have an old table that I would love to paint and I know it needs to be stripped. Any tips?

    Enjoy your beautiful home!!

  22. Kris,

    Your farmhouse table is awesome! It has so much character! What a great purchase! I know you must be thrilled! I love your pie safe too! And the new color you painted your hutch is pretty and very prim! I also love the fall arrangement on your farm table! Everything just made me so happy....I love it all! Congratulations on a wonderfully prim dining room!

    Have a great Wednesday!

  23. Hi kris
    i so love reading your blog and your pics are so wonderful..just love the dinning room make-over..X

  24. Wow! I've enjoyed reading your blog. I also love antiques, I have some old chairs and tables at home. Some of it were from the old house of my grandma. Actually our flooring is a mixture of old and new hardwood. Tampa, Fl sells various designs of hardwood and we were lucky enough to find some that matches my grandma's hardwood. I hope to see more photos in your blog. Thanks for sharing.

  25. I know what you mean about trying to be quiet all day. My husband works almost the same exact hours. It's hard to be quiet all day long! And it took him and I both quite a bit of adjusting to get used to this schedule!

    I love your new pie safe! What I really love about it is the punched tin on the sides instead of the front. That is really neat, I like that better than the original punched tin fronts.

    The farmhouse table is beautiful! I thought you bought it with that really nice patina but I see you added that, it looks wonderful. Ah, love the new color of your hutch! The chairs on each side and the sconces really complete it for a nice touch. The curtains turned out really nice after your fabric glitch. Oops! Not good, too bad you had to wait, but I think it was worth it. Your room looks prim fantastic!!

  26. I am in love with your pie safe! So precious! :)

  27. Just awesome! I've always wanted to go to Amish Country. I don't live far, so I have no excuse. I love your new table. I love your pie safe. I love your entire decor!!

  28. Wow I love your new pie safe and the love the changes you did to your dinning room cabinet.
    Great color. And the dining table is to die for. Thanks for sharing your lovely dining room

  29. Hello Kris,
    My name is Nicole; You most likely don't know who i am, But i originally came across you and your blog while reading " A Primitive Place" I was following one of your how-to tutorials for a craft project. I just love how you create such beautiful pieces, while still making it affordable. I have done a bunch of your projects, and i find "Simply Prim" very inspirational. Just wanted to say keep up the GREAT WORK, and i would love to post your button on my blog or just be able to stay in contact with you if i ever have any Crafting Questions! Thank You for your time!! ~Nicole~


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