The dining room is certainly the most used room in our house. We play games at the table, have friends over for meals, decorate holiday cookies, have holiday meals, have late night conversation, lots of laughs and eat an amazing amount of good food. The dining room can also be one of the most neglected spaces in your house when it comes to decorating. I have been in so many homes where people simply put a table and chairs in the room and call it good because they don’t even begin to know where to go from there. I LOVE to decorate our dining room and enjoy making it a space that isn’t only functional but is also beautiful.
When I have people over they always ask me to come decorate their dining room for them, which I of course would do willingly because I LOVE to decorate and I love to find things to fill the dining room with.
We sold our table before we moved to Las Vegas and so when we got here I decided to build us a large farm-house table that would fit LOTS AND LOTS of friends and family. I built the table top to be 9 feet and used an old tiny 4 foot table, that I got for free, as the base. I simply cut the table in half and reinforced the bottom with wood and then added the 2x4s onto the top, stained them and sealed them and called it good for the time being. I need to paint it and add a trim piece around the bottom to pull it all together. I also found the chairs on Craigslist and built a bench for the kids side of the table.
I LOVE having a buffet in the dining room and use it at my mantle for decorating for the holidays. Finding a big statement piece is a must when it comes to the dining room because it brings the room together and is a great place to fill up for food during parties and holiday meals.
We had several empty spaces in the room so I set to work to fill the space. I had a hutch that was handed down from my grandmother that I painted to put in the empty space across from the table. You can see my posts on the hutch here and here. I love finding cute little pieces to add to the space. Old books make great decor items. I always pick up a few when I got to the thrift or antique stores.
Everyone always tells me how clean my house looks, so I had to add this picture so you can see the food on the floor. That right there is reality… I usually just pick it up, hide it or kick it out-of-the-way for pictures. Truth!!
The hutch added the perfect amount of warmth to the space and was a great focal piece. It really is amazing and turned out even better than I could have imagined. I love chalk paint and especially BB Frosch chalk paint which allows me to pick my own color and brand of paint and turn it into chalk paint. You can learn more about that here. I ended up purchasing two of the tan chairs at World Market on sale and I ABSOLUTELY LOVE them for the space. It really just brings the room together. I also ended up changing out the curtains because I didn’t love the ones that were there before. Usually I change out decor on a regular basis to match my mood…. obviously the curtains don’t get overlooked either. Hahaha… okay maybe I don’t change them out that often. But I did decide that the light blue ones that were there before just didn’t fit the space. We are renting and I can’t paint the walls, so I had to find something that tied the space together, and that happened to be the curtains.
I found these amazing signs at Hobby Lobby and the second I saw them I knew that they had to go in this space. The really pulled the top of the hutch together perfectly.
I knew that even though I couldn’t change out the paint colors or chandelier that I could still change things up without ruining anything, so I decided to take the little lamp shades off the light fixture to update it a bit and I also changed out the mirrors and added in a picture to make the space look more pulled together.
You can also see how I painted the chairs using, BB Frosch chalk paint powder, in an ombre color scheme revolving around the mint color palette. I love how it pulled together all the colors from around the room. I really love this space and how I could make my dream a reality and make it feel more like us without having to spend a lot of money.
Whats your favorite room to decorate? Whats your least decorated space that you really are itching to update?
You can also get some great ideas from my Pinterest board.