Our dining room makeover is finished! We love the new look! We set out to reflect our style in this space and we really feel like we did. It has a peaceful farmhouse feel mixed with a little modern minimalism. Here it is, friends, our made over dining room!
If you weren’t following along with us you can check out our progress below:
In just six weeks so much has changed in this relatively small space.
The new white paint acted as a blank canvas for us to add art, color, plants and other details to. We chose Dunn Edwards DEW 380. It’s their basic un-tinted white and it has very neutral tones. The white also added simplicity to our space since the walls have lots of texture. The character of the brick and interlocking wooden panels shines through the white paint.
We lightened up the wood beams for a more natural color instead of the really dark stain that has been there for years. Along with the beams we re-stained our wooden front door. That transformed the whole entry area and it feels so welcoming. The wood beams are really old so they had some stubborn stains on them even after we sanded them down but we embraced the uneven tone and put a new stain on it called Golden Oak by Varathane. We love how the beams turned out! They are so simple, rustic, and natural.
Another big change was the addition of a large painting I did that covers most of the wall opposite our windows. You can see it right when you walk in the door. We love having peaceful pastoral landscapes in this room, but we wanted something personal to our family so this painting is of a mountain within a mile of us that all the locals are familiar with and many hike regularly. This mountain feels like home to us since we see it almost every day so I decided to paint it the way it might have looked over one hundred years ago. We love the peaceful and comfortable vibe it creates for the room.
We found the perfect dining room buffet cabinet from Ballard Designs that sits underneath my painting. It has a great farmhouse look with those cleans lines we love and it’s got great storage. We also replaced our original Nest thermostat with the Nest Thromstat E that has a frosted white face which blends in to the wall.
I also had a vision for an old wooden shelf (most people thought it was a weird bench, but I saw a shelf) with pink chipping paint. When I say chippy, I mean like flakes falling everywhere. We lightly sanded it and we were able to save most of the beautiful pink color. We cut the “legs” off and it looked immediately how I had imagined it in my mind. It was long shelf with amazing character perfect to anchor our beautiful new mirror and dangling plants.
Speaking of the new mirror, we have always had a large mirror in our dining room and I knew we still wanted one there since it really created the illusion of a larger room. We searched for anew larger mirror that had a vintage look, but also clean lines. When we saw the Aperture Mirror from Anthropologie we knew immediately that it would be perfect. You know when you don’t have a doubt about an item you purchase online without seeing it person? That was definitely this mirror. We loved it at first online sight and it truly fits our spa
We also added what I like to call our “forever curtains” to the windows. Well, maybe the actual curtains won’t be there forever, but we finally invested in some beautiful and sturdy curtain rods that won’t fall apart like our other ones did. They are these beauties from West Elm and they’re gorgeous. The curtain panels are amazing too, also from West Elm. We had solid white curtains before and we decided to go for white again, but this time with texture. To give the windows more definition I painted a row of faux brick over the frames to look like the real brick below on the window sills. This really helped to define and frame the windows since we had white curtains on white walls. We love how it really finishes the lo
For the new framed photos and art I just took some of our favorite family pictures that looked like they could have been taken out in our yard or the country and turned them black and white. I ordered prints from my phone at the Target Photo Center, they were ready to pick up within and hour or two. Easiest and fastest prints I’ve ever made. I placed the photos in vintage frames we’ve collected and they turned out great. I also paired these photos with framed artwork and prints to complete the look. One painting was painted by my great grandmother so it’s pretty awesome to have it in this space.
Our tabletop changed as well. From afar the table looks similar because it’s the same color, but up close you’ll see that we replaced the top with 1 3/4” planks of Maple. It’s simply varnished because the natural color is so amazing. And w with four kids we don’t have to worry about wear and tear because we can always sand the table down again and get a nice new surface for years to come. Justin did such a great job making that table top from scratch; it’s beautiful.
Most of the lights and switches in our house are automated and Justin used this project as an excuse to grab the new Kwikset Premis smart lock for our front door. We can not only lock our door with our phones, but also with our voice using Siri. We’ve created codes for each of our parents to easily get in the house if we’re not home and it also automatically unlocks upon our arrival so we don’t have to fumble with our keys on the porch. It’s also easy to make sure the house is locked up at night when we’re already snug in our bed.
We kept a few things the same in this room including our light fixtures, chairs and the legs of our table, but the room feels so different with all the other changes.
Thank you all so much for following our One Room Challenge journey! Designing our dining room has been a joy and definitely a challenge! It’s been so fun to share everything with you and we are so happy you came along with us. Justin and I love the art of creating beautiful spaces in our home; we have so much fun planning, making decisions, and working hard together. Our home is becoming our art room by room.
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