Dining Room v. Black Southern Belle

My dining room has been the vain of my home decor existence for the past year. I bought my home last May and love almost everything about it, EXCEPT the bright orange dining room that I inherited. I fought it for months and months to not paint it.

I used every excuse in the book. I was wedding planning, I would throw a paint party, I would decorate with neutrals so it wouldn’t be so bad but finally I had to cave in and paint it.

All of my favorite pieces of furniture are in my dining room from my glass and dark wood table to my vintage and antique chairs. Shoot, I even managed to find a place for chevron and fleur de lis to perfect the room but I kept avoiding the orange paint. It terrified me every time I walked in my house but I kept it there.

I finally built my dream dining room buffet, it is all wood painted electric blue, with a marble top and gold hardware, all things that make me smile. As soon as I put the finished piece in the room, I knew the orange had to go.

A few weeks ago, my husband decided to jump start this project. He forced me out of bed and out to Home Depot and we got a gallon of paint made to cover up crazy colors i.e. orange and went to town. Many coats later, we finally had the dining room of my dream.

I could finally see all of my favorite pieces and not the orange. It was like I had a whole new room. First, I learned more than just how strongly I hate the color orange. It makes my skin crawl. I learned that difficult things are worth the work, getting rid of the orange was worth every bit of sweat, paint smell and ruined leggings.

Hopefully I will take the motto of “getting rid of the orange” in the rest of my life and I encourage you all to do the same.


Michiel Perry

Michiel is a Black Southern Belle living a lowcountry life. I love all things fashion, home decor and southern! When I am not running around doing fun stuff for Black Southern Belle, I live in antique stores and have a minor obsession with historic homes 🙂

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