Two Story Cottage

Where We Are: The Dining Room {& A Wallpapered Ceiling}

Dear Friends,
    Let’s continue with the one year update on our house by checking out the dining room.  The wallpaper just went up on the ceiling so the timing is perfect.  This room is probably the closest to being done.  If you consider anything done ever.

I love that a nearly finished room is the first thing you see when walking in the front door.

Wallpaper (matches the foyer accent wall)
Chairs (the arm chairs from our kitchen set)
Sconces (moved from the foyer in the after -painting shift)
I’d love to make a wood family-type sign for that empty spot.
It would make a great “welcome” to our home.

I’m really pleased with the current state of things in the dining room.  The style is the exact sort-of cottage, casual, French, eclectic, classic that I am going for.  You could say it has multiple personalities.

I suppose in a year we have come a long way.  
I’ll have to look at these photos when I’m feeling disheartened about how long things take!

-Make the Sign
-Some day get light fixture that fits the style better but not in 2012
-Possibly add a couple of stripes to the back wall.  I don’t want to over-do or have too much going on though!  Maybe I just miss the ones from my old dining room.

What do you think of the ceiling?  Have you ever tried wallpaper on a ceiling before?

I’m linking up with Wendy at the Shabby Nest and Amanda at Serenity Now.  I met both of them briefly at Haven so it is fun to visit their parties knowing that I visited with them in real life!  🙂


  1. I would love to wall paper my entry ceiling. How hard was it? Any tips?

    • Well, it wasn’t hard for me because we hired out! Mr. C didn’t want us doing the ceiling ourselves. It is high and he was right about hiring someone. (He is always right-sigh.) It took several guys working together to do it. And I’m pretty sure they are going to have major neck issues.

      Anyway, we had them do the entry as well. However, we definitely could have done that! I’ve wallpapered before and it is pretty straight-forward. The more quality the paper, the better it goes up by the way. You could practice on a piece of foam board from Hobby Lobby. That is what I did the first time…

    • Oh, and I have a post in my draft box hopefully going Wednesday all about purchasing wallpaper and more nitty gritty details.

      • Would mind sending this email about purchasing wallpaper to me if you still have it? I would really love to know what that wallpaper pattern is. Thank you! This is gorgeous and I hope to copy it exactly in my new home!

  2. I LOVE the wallpaper, Erin!! It’s gorgeous in the foyer–love that you highlighted the architecture–but it’s pure genius on the ceiling. Great job! Your house is looking beautiful.

  3. Erin- i just love that ceiling. I imagine it was a bit more difficult to hang upside down?

    • Hi Laura! Thanks SO much. It was difficult for the professionals we hired to do it. We did it in the dining room AND kitchen. The dining room went up in an afternoon because it was better, more expensive paper. The kitchen (which I haven’t shown yet) took 2 days because the paper was really cheap (oops) and it would not cooperate. It took 2 guys on ladders – one to hold and one to smooth. Also, our ceiling are all 10 feet+ which is another reason that we hired out. I could have done it with a shorter ceiling and a helper I think. So, it is definitely doable but you have to be careful. I’m going to post on it on Wednesday!!

  4. This is AMAZING, Erin!! You are so bold with your choices and they always are the perfect thing. Way to go!
    xo Heidi

  5. This is AMAZING, Erin!! You are so bold with your choices and they always are the perfect thing. Way to go!
    xo Heidi

  6. This is AMAZING, Erin!! You are so bold with your choices and they always are the perfect thing. Way to go!
    xo Heidi

  7. I love the wall paper on the ceiling – if there was anything that I would bring someone else in for it is for jobs like that. I can’t stand painting ceilings – wallpapering them would kill me. Much better to have some handsome young men in to do it :-). They did a great job 🙂

  8. Wow it really is a beautiful detail. The whole room is absolutely inspirational.

  9. Love this room! What color blue is that on your dining room walls?

  10. Your dining room is gorgeous. The ceiling make a huge statement in the room. Beautiful job!

  11. Selidji Laleye says

    Hi! I love your Home!!! Can you please share the paint colors in your home?

    • The foyer is Natural Choice by Sherwin Williams. The dining room is Silver Sage by Restoration Hardware that I had color matched at SW. Thanks for stopping by!

  12. Erin! This is AH-mazing! You totally deserve all the awesome features you’ve been getting! And thanks for taking the time to comment on my blog the other day. I’m a HORRIBLE commenter, but I have to admit your projects kind of blow me away, and I should totally take more time to tell you that.

    Thanks for reading and being a sweet encourager!

  13. Love the wall color and layout of your dining room! Glad I hopped on over from The Handmade Home. What about painting the chandelier a light yellow or coral? 🙂

  14. Joni Young says

    Just found your blog! Love your home! Can you share the name/brand of your wallpaper on ceiling in dr?

  15. Christine says

    Paint the black light , first with an off white, then dirty it up with a glaze, ir watered down tan to age it, then it will not contrast with the wall so much and flow with the sconces. The ceiling is a nice idea to really make your home different. But I’m sure it was a lot of work.

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