Part of this years goals was to update the dining room and we’ve gotten a few of the items checked off our list from our post about it here. To recap here’s some of the things I initially wrote that we wanted to get done:
Finish trimming out the sliding doorWe’ve actually already gotten this done, but are waiting on a few more details to post about it
- Add crown molding
- Recenter the light fixture & get a new fixture
Add a dining room rugWe’ve also done this just recently, but will have to share soon!
To be honest I don’t know why my goals were so light in this room. Maybe I was afraid to set the bar too high while I was grouping together a whole house full of updates. I think worse than not achieving your goals though, is projecting them for less than what they could be, so let me take another stab at what we really want to do in here!
- Trim out the sliding door (and misc. work that comes with it)
- Get a new dining room table and chairs (round or oval table)
- Recover Jake’s grandmother’s chairs
- Add shadow box trim on the lower half of the wall
- Repaint the room – lower half white, upper half the darker color
- Add crown molding
- Recenter the light fixture, add a ceiling medallion, and get a new fixture
- Update the hutch/server/sideboard situation (maybe get something more like sideboard and add shelves and art on the wall above?)
- Art, art, and more art
There…that definitely seems more like it! As I mentioned before we already started with some of that, beginning with the sliding door and trimming it out. There are a few areas where I’ll DIY and try my hand at doing something like building a bed, planking a wall, building new shelves and things like that. When it comes to a few feature areas in our home I’m so very fortunate to have my Dad, who is an AMAZING finish carpenter. This sliding door was one of the openings I really wanted fitted out a bit more grandly (and let’s be honest – properly) than my simple DIY skills are capable of. So here’s our before and after of the door way:
Looks good, right?? He came by last fall and it this out for us using those craftsman details and ideas that we’ve started putting into the house like we did around the new windows.
We still have some things to wrap up over there like fitting in a new floor vent cover and notching our a light switch cover plate to fit that properly, but I’ll sit down and do those things someday. For now, it looks good.
Next up – we did get a new rug, but then scraped it and got a new dining room table and chairs!
Years ago we fell in love with a dining room table that was $500…and we didn’t buy it. We kicked ourselves and thought about that table and it’s gorgeous pedestal base ever since. We learned a good lesson though – if you really really love it and the price is right. just buy it for heaven’s sakes! So this time, we did. The table is from Home Decorators Collection and was $599 with 10% off and free shipping when we got it, so we spent only a little more than the first table we loved and I think we actually love it more.
We LOVE the base of the table and how it’s dark, but rustic. We’ve had it for about 2 months now and have absolutely no complaints. It’s very durable and at 53″ diameter can definitely seat 6 people very comfortably. I knew we wanted upholster chairs, but buying chairs is not always a cheap endeavor. So I headed over to Overstock and just knew I would be able to find the quality and look I was looking for and not completely break our bank on the price. And low and behold I found these…
They hit just about all my check marks – padded and upholstered, tufted, armless, nailhead (!), rustic and I loved the curve in the leg. Jake agreed they were the ones, but I had a hard time coughing up over $600 bones for 4 chairs, so I waited. I waited a few weeks actually and kept searching online for other. Then one Saturday morning I happened to travel back over there to check on them and was so excited to see that each set was marked down to $282, so we could save nearly $100 on all 4 chairs! Well, that was enough for us, so pulled the trigger and got them.
We LOVE these chairs. They are so comfortable we eat dinner in here nearly every night now and if I’ve had to work from home, I find myself sitting in the dining room. I may give the legs a light sanding in the future and deepen the stain color so it’s a closer match to the table, but for right now, they are fine as is. We are loving the cozy but elegantly casual feel of the new table and chairs and it really helps us envision where we are headed with this space!
Have you ever undershot your goals so much you lost your way with something? Are you looking our my sliding door and yearning for spring? Maybe you just want to borrow my dad? He’s pretty great, I tell you!