I have actually been super nervous to put this post up.
This dining room, as small of a space as it is, has been a thorn in my thumb for so long. It seems no matter what I try, it just doesn’t seem to come together like I want or envision. I just decided to go ahead and share it with all of you lovely readers – in hopes to get some encouragement, advice or any constructive criticism you might have to offer. Or maybe it is actually working and I am just being weird. Either way – feel free to share your thoughts with me!
It all started with this massive farmhouse table my husband built out of older-than-the-hills wood buried in my grandpa’s junkyard. He shaved layers off and we were amazed at it’s beauty. It is truly a treasure. The size is great for gatherings – but I find it hard to do anything around it in this small space. So I tried to make the space low in clutter, but still add some interest.
Here is where it is today.
The brick wall is usually what people comment on first when they walk in the house. I’m never sure if they actually like it or are just taken off guard and don’t know what to say 😉 So they say nice things. This wall has been many things. Bead-board, planking, lined with shelves for pictures . . . and empty – wondering what it wants to be.
When Kevin and I had the idea to add faux brick, we were pretty excited about it. Super cheap and easy to install – and we were certain we would like it. After he put it up (which took about 1/2 hour to stick up large sheets of faux brick from Home Depot), I gave it some white paint treatment and then we scuffed it up with sandpaper to hopefully give a time worn feel.
The thing is . . . I like it . . . and then I don’t. I am fighting the urge to just give it a solid paint job (no sanding) in a brownish/gray tone. That would still give it the dimension of brick, but not be so . . . busy. Any way – that’s the wall. Please share your thoughts, if you have any – I would love some input. If people actually do like it and want to know how to make their own faux brick wall, I have pictures and could do a tutorial.
Before we go on any further, let me show you the before pictures.
Here is the room while my husband was taking things apart after our move in – and I quick grabbed my camera to get an “almost before” picture.
The wood on the table was bead-board he was removing. We could have just painted that to match our style, but the board was very knot-y with large holes that would stand out with paint. Behind one wall, it appears the previous owners had painted it red at some point. The walls were pretty damaged so we knew they would have to be simply covered with something. That’s when we just planked them and painted them white like the rest of the kitchen would later be. We eventually came to the brick idea because we felt that wall needed a little more interest/contrast.
There were a lot of doors in this small space, between closets and bedrooms and front door. So I had the idea to have my husband plank over the closet doors (something I saw on pinterest) and sort of disguise the 2 closet doors so they would blend in a bit better.
Here is a view from the living room.
And a view from the kitchen.
Now I’ll address some of the DIY details found in this space.
The window mirror is my favorite part. We had a handed down mirror sitting in our garage for quite some time. We attempted some mirror antiquing methods until it felt right, and Kevin used scrap pieces of wood trim from his stash to make it look like a window. I painted it up, and that was that. I printed some botanical prints (found HERE) and hung them in a banner. I can’t wait to throw a wreath on this mirror come holiday season.
The chairs were a mix of thrift store finds and already-have’s. We unified them by giving them some white spray paint.
My rotating centerpieces are usually simple. Currently I have some dried lavender from our garden in a thrift store vase, and a cutting board Kevin made from old wood, on top of a vintage lace table runner.
Just says summer to me, and it is easy to move and place for dinner time.
The rug is a jute rug purchase HERE. We did have it in our living room for awhile, and I adore the look of the natural chunky fibers. However, it leaves fibers and dog like hairs on anybody who sits on it (my kids) and if walked on a lot, the fibers get drug around the whole house. After moving it under the dining table, I fell in love with it again. Since it is not a play area, it works great. Hides crumbs for days too. (shhhh)
The entry way blends easily with the dining room, so I thought I would show some updated pictures here as well.
I have a post with all the DIY details of the entry way, found HERE.
Strangely enough, this is one of my favorite spots to decorate in the house. I can keep it sweet and simple and rotate often.
Lastly, I’ll mention the grandfather clock.
We found it sitting outside of an antique store, with a sign that said $275.00 crossed out and a $15.00 price in it’s place. We asked to see if it was a mistake, and apparently it was not. While moving locations, it was dropped and the clock guts were no longer functional. I didn’t mind. I had other plans any way.
So we took our $15 dollar clock home on top of our car, removed the guts completely, and added some homemade chalk paint in a subtle blue. Kevin added some shelves to the inside for me, and I threw in some thrift store vases. The he cut the shape I needed for behind the top window, I painted it with actual chalk paint and added clock hardware from hobby lobby. The numbers are simply drawn on, and can be changed any “time”. Kind of fun.
That is our dining room in a nut shell! The view while sitting at the table is really my favorite part. If you missed our kitchen remodel, you’ll want to click HERE to read all about it.
Some of you have asked what is next on the list. After giving our yard some much needed tender love and care, we are on to our master bedroom, which is also in need of some serious help. The brainstorming has begun!
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