Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.
In the spirit of Teddy Roosevelt and our current economy, I gave my dining room a much needed update this week; I only used what I already had, without buying anything new. Okay, I will have to credit my in-house master painter, WT, with a lot of the painting, but we used some leftover black paint from the cellar and a partial bolt of fabric I purchased a few years back, a chair project that was only a pipe dream, to cover the seat cushions.
Here's what the china cabinet looked like before; a tired old ho-hum set, purchased in 1983, full of a hodge-podge-lodge of doily-lady stuff. I removed the top shelf in the center section, added the resident manor rooster and random stacks of vintage red books.
And this is the transformation of the chairs. Amazing what some fabric and a staple gun can do. Welcome, dining room, to the 21st century. What a change, huh? I'm set for some great holiday entertaining. Now I just have to plan the food...