If you have been following along for a bit, then you know that I admitted to never being truly happy with our dining space. After tweaking it over and over I still wasn’t in love. I have made some easy changes over the past couple of months (I was slowed down by birthday parties, speaking gigs, a conference, and a business trip) and I think it is safe to say that I now ADORE this space!
Here is a reminder of how it looked before…. one of the befores :) And don’t worry, the reclaimed wood corner unit found a new home and I will share that later.
The ceiling is still one of my favorite projects I have ever done. I have a tutorial for it too!
If you follow me on instagram then you have already seen sneak peeks along the way. And now you finally get to see the whole space! I wish I was better with photography because these pictures just don’t do it justice.
I kept the mirror as it was before but added a wreath hung by a large coral ribbon. I loved the layered look.
And I restyled the shelves to be more “dining room-y”. If you missed it, there is a tutorial on how to build these floating corner shelves. The are super simple and make good use of otherwise wasted space.
And yesterday I shared the tutorial on how to refinish a table. I still love the richness of the Dark Walnut stain!
I am completely obsessed with this light fixture! It was my splurge. I bought it at Hayneedle for $130. It sold for much more at other places. The green patina on it was what really sold it for me. I would have liked to have had it hang even lower but let’s face it, that is basically an invitation for one of my boys to swing from it.
I have had a calendar on the wall in the past but it was not the best place for it. I have had better success recently with the family calendar being in the office by the computer. So I decided to put a chalkboard in here. It can be whatever I need it to be. A menu board, a place to post an inspirational quote, a shopping list, or a not so gentle reminder to my kids to behave themselves :) I just cut a thin board, painted it with chalkboard paint, drilled a couple of holes, and hung it with twine.
I LOVE having fresh lemons around. I love lemon in my water, to clean with, and for cooking. I’ll let you in on a secret….. I didn’t have enough to fill the large bowl I bought from Target, so I added a few yellow plastic balls! Photoshoot saved, without another trip to the store!
I don’t have a wide angle lens and this is a tiny space. I had to practically sit in the kitchen sink to get a shot of the whole space.
The distressed bench ( that started out a big fat fail) works so well with my metal chairs. I would really like to eventuall get two tall tolix chairs for the back side of the table and use two of these shorter ones for the ends. But they are so pricey! I will just have to keep my eyes out. I was able to buy the shorter backed one on sale from Target for about $30 each.
I think we are going to love this space….. at least until my boys grow up and are too tall and lanky. Hopefully by then we will be able to add on to our house :) But for now it totally works.
So what do you think?
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