I’ll be honest, I watched every episode of Fixer Upper during my maternity leave and I got the itch to change things up in the dining room. We really were not using the space because it felt way too formal and stuffy. I decided a dining room “make-under” was in order to make the space more usable. I imagined a place for game nights, kid’s art activities and Sunday breakfasts.
I was also inspired by the book, The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up. In the book, the author encourages us to only keep items we love and that make us feel good. I realized the previous dining set was not something I loved, more so something I felt obligated to have for those twice a year fancy dinners. I encourage you to also go through the process of ridding your home of things that don’t make you happy or don’t get used-in the end, it feels wonderful!
So here is the finished product. This project wasn’t complicated, it simply took a lot longer than most since it was my first project as a new mom and there were very few pockets of time to work on it! This project still wouldn’t be finished if it wasn’t for my mom and mother-in-law. Their touches make the room extra special!
Here is what we did:
- Repainted the entire room and trim to feel more light and airy.
- Repainted the china cabinet to a vintage green and added new hardware from Anthropologie. (This cabinet was originally a desk! I bought it at a yard sale and we converted it.)
- Took an old Ikea painting and turned it into a chalkboard using chalkboard paint and flooring samples as a border.
- Added new hardware to the wine rack purchased from World Market.
- Added new curtains from ikea
- Switched out the dining room table to a table purchased on craigslist and then distressed with an electric sander.
- Switched out the dining room chairs to metal and wood chairs purchased from Wayfair.