Houses are funny things. Each room is like a work of art that shifts through phases of expression without ever truly achieving “completion.” The dining room in our house has been ever changing since we moved in, and, in my opinion, ever improving. When we bought the home, this is what it looked like:
The image does not make this apparent, but the room was a sage green (that I found quite lovely). The room is not grand, per se, but a nice size. It is open to the living room and slightly open to the kitchen.
The back of the room had a small window looking out onto the porch and yard.
Mr. P recently added the most amazing sliding French doors, providing more sunlight and another entrance to the porch. We still have to add the moulding around the doors, but in due time. We updated the green walls to a soft grey (Bonsai by Valspar).
This is my favorite part of the room, I think. My grandparents-in-law gifted us with their gorgeous china cabinet that I had the pleasure of redoing.
Valspar’s La Fonda Plaza Green was my green of choice for this project. I had the hardest time choosing a color, but from experience I’ve found that the more of a color you use, the lighter/brighter it looks compared to the sample chip. That being said, I knew I wanted to pick a color that felt a touch too dark on the card in order to get what I wanted in person. Worked like a charm!
China cabinets may seem outdated, but they are ever so genius! They provide extra storage and include a space to display your favorite items. It’s a great mix between displayed and hidden storage. I love showing off our Fiestaware and a few other ceramics that mix well with the rest, like these Cuban espresso cups.
The gold arrow pulls are such a pleasure to look at. The gold contrasts so brightly against the green. Thank you yet again, Hobby Lobby.
And these knobs are courtesy of World Market’s clearance section. I believe they were less than $2 each!
If you’ve visited our “Shop” tab at the top of the blog, you’ve seen our partner, Studio Live Edge, who makes these stunning live edge tables (and other furniture). The top of this table is one giant maple slab!
Some of you may remember when we redid these chairs the first time. Welllll, we might have done them again! And I love them even more than before. The first recovering was great, but it stained soooo badly. So this time after we reupholstered the chairs (thank you Joanne’s Memorial Day sale), we sprayed them with a protective furniture spray to help make the cushions stain resistant.
Check out this butterfly joint on the table. So beautiful! That black chair is one of Mr. P’s handmade highchairs.
Here is one of my favorite spots in the whole house. This is where my sewing machine usually lives. It’s currently on vacation getting fixed at the shop. I adore my little ascending gallery wall here. So much inspiration for my little Etsy shop creations that are made here.
I found this antique desk and chair on a local trading site. I left the desk as is and spray painted the chair to have a dip dye look. I also love having grass roses here–an homage to my South Carolina roots.
Storing instruments on the wall is a win for so many reasons: it’s beautiful, an efficient use of space, and it reminds you to pick it up and play more often! I love my baritone ukulele. Sometimes I play the girls songs during lunch time (you know, when no one else is home to laugh at me). Side note: these curtains were originally $25 per panel at Target and I found four of them at the thrift store for $4 each!
We added built-ins to the dining room several months ago. I have been dying to show you guys! Talk about an efficient use of space. This has saved us in our 900-square-foot home.
On the very top shelf of the built-ins, I had the hardest time knowing what to display. I didn’t have quite enough books to just load it full, and most things I wanted to put up there were a little too tall for the space. Then I remembered our antique china set from Mr. P’s great grandmother! I love how we get to display it without risking it breaking.
And on that tiny space of wall between the bookshelf and the kitchen entrance is this gem I found at our church’s yard sale. This antique washboard felt like a tasteful tribute to Mr. P’s and my background playing drums and percussion. *Sigh* It’s been a while since either of us have been behind a kit. Miss it.
One thing on my dining room hit list is to change out the chandelier. We’ve had ours listed on a trading website and as soon as we have a buyer, I’m heading straight to World Market for one of their stunning fixtures. But you know, gotta have the benjamins before you can up and buy a chandelier.
What do you think? Like the changes?