Despite the fact that one of my goals this year is to finish one of the many rooms I’ve already started, I’ve decided to start working on another room…I know! I just can’t help myself. That being said, I’m going to start working on my dining room!
As some of you know, I don’t have a separate dining room. There’s just a space between the living room and kitchen. This picture shows the space in relation to the other rooms. It’s actually bigger than it looks in the picture.
When I moved into this house I brought along the counter-height dining room table from my apartment, but ended up replacing it with this black pedestal set a year later. It was from Wal-Mart and I have nothing but good things to say about it. It’s held up really well over the years. My only complaint is that black dining room tables are impossible to keep clean! They show every little crumb. Anyway, other than the table, I haven’t done much to the dining room space except add a couple pictures from Hobby Lobby (I painted the mats and frames).
I don’t dislike anything about this room, but I’m ready to change up a few things so it’s more my style. I think sometimes you can get so overwhelmed by ideas on blogs and Pinterest that you can end up with a room that you like, but isn’t really your style. I think that’s especially true if you are a new home owner and don’t really know your style yet…at least that’s all true for me.
Putting together a mood board always helps me pull together my ideas and set a clear plan. Of course all of the items and finishes are subject to change, but this is the general direction I’m heading:
I’ve always loved these farmhouse style tables, but I didn’t think I’d have room for a rectangular table in this space. I was wrong…that’s why you should always measure. So, my plan is to buy a farmhouse table and matching bench. The rest of the seating will be a mix of wood chairs and upholstered captain chairs. Right now our table only seats 4, so it’ll be nice to have the additional seating.
On the wall, I want to hang a cup rack for my ironstone tea cups. I’ve amassed quite a collection over the past couple years and would love to have somewhere to display them. I’m not sure if I’ll do a metal rack like the one pictured (which is impossible to find for sale) or DIY a wood one with hooks.
Right now we have a ceiling fan in the dining space, but I’d love to replace it with a beautiful fixture. I love the idea, but I also love ceiling fans in the summer. I know they are terrible design wise, but they are so practical…especially in hot climates like Phoenix. So I’m kind of undecided on replacing the fan or not…
Lastly, I want to sew either a faux roman shade or a valance for the window in the back door. Right now it just has a cheap mini blind that’s missing a few slats. I think that bright fabric will add some fun color to the space.
I can’t wait to get started on this space. I think I’ve already found the table and bench I want. I just need to re-measure the space. If you are curious, it’s this set from Wal-Mart. OK, let's take a look at the to-do list:
Buy dining table/bench
Buy 2 dining chairs
Buy 2 head chairs
Find cup rack
Sew window valance/roman shade
Update light fixture - maybe?
So, what do you think? Am I crazy for starting another room?
China Cabinet / Light Fixture / Cup Rack / Fabric / Dining Chairs / Striped Upholstered Chairs / Dining Table / Dining Bench / Faux Lavender Arrangement