If you’ve followed me for a while you’ll know that at the end of last year, after a long and difficult search for a new ‘old’ house, me and Mr M finally found a wonderful Edwardian house not far from us. In fact, it really found us. It wasn’t on the market, it had been structurally refurbished to a really high standard but was looking for a bit of ‘painted love’ inside and a total garden makeover outside – perfect for both our skills sets!

As my passion for painting furniture stemmed from my lifelong love of interiors and need and desire to create the home of our dreams on a budget, I thought it might be fun to share the creative goings-on in the new House of Mendes, here, starting with our dining room that looked like this:

Empty hearth with very red bricks, terracotta tiles, orange floor and stripped pine cupboards!

As you can see above everything was structurally great, with the fire taken out, neat brickwork, tiled hearth and stripped cupboards with a pristine laminate floor but all too orange in tone for me. I wanted something calmer, more soothing and neutral for an elegant dining or daily breakfast space and I also wanted a focal point in the hearth so I set about transforming it.

Stripped doors showed ‘orangey’ panels that jarred with my desire for a soft neutral palette

With Christmas on the horizon I had to work very quickly on the makeover. I broke it down into several mini projects all available on my Dining Room Instagram highlights if you want to watch the video transformations. I have created separate blogs too, for inspiration and ease. Just click for more detail of the how-tos and more photos on the process for each:

  • Neutralising the orange tone in old pine doors with a soft wash

  • Stripping a dark wood mahogany table to give it a fresh Scandi look

  • Painting & styling a dark wood dresser in soft neutrals for a breakfast room

This is the very first room transformation in the House of Mendes and I hope you’ve found it inspiring and informative. Please comment below with any questions and look out for the list of useful resources on the mini project posts for which I will receive a small commission as a thank you if you purchase from any links. This helps to keep me going so I really appreciate it.

If you’d like to find out how to paint furniture like I do, you can join my Painted Love Academy at any time for free video tutorials and a whole heap more to buy if you want to take your painting to the next level.

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