We are slowly but surely working our way through renovating our 1940’s charmer, and so I thought I’d share some updates with you all that we’ve accomplished over the course of the past few months or so. Up today – the dining room!
Here’s the before photo (my apologies for the quality – it was a quick pic done during our final walk through as the carpet was torn up the next day):
And the after photo (in it’s true authentic form with my child’s high chair and garbage bag cushion cover front and center):
Quite the difference, eh? The best part is it really didn’t cost us all that much to do it. Nearly everything we DIYed, repurposed or thrifted. So here are the deets on our new dining digs.
First things first, as soon as we closed on our house (but seriously, immediately following), the hubs and father-in-law went in and ripped up all that carpet. We knew we had original hardwood under their and were just hoping it was in decent condition. With a few imperfections here and there (which I think just add to its charm), we lucked out with floors throughout our house that just needed some staples removed and a good cleaning and they were pretty much good to go.
The next thing we did was tackled that brass chandelier. I came across this idea from Simply Salvage as my inspiration. A few coats of white chalk spray paint, some twine and hot glue and new light bulbs completely transformed our lighting into one of my favorite pieces in the room. (And did I mention it cost us less than $10 to do!)
For the windows we pulled down the curtain, the blinds and that awkward looking white window box lining the top and went with a super simple DIY burlap curtain. Tutorial can be found at 11MagnoliaLane. The wreath was one I was able to find for 50% off at JoAnne Fabric, and I have another one that I put up for winter as well to add a little seasonal pizzazz to the space.
The built ins were one of my favorite parts of the house when we saw it for the first time, and I didn’t feel like they needed much as they were already so charming. We just gave them a fresh coat of paint and then spray painted the original hardware which was more of a white/gold color to the gray you see here. Our built ins are full of mostly items I have collected from various thrift stores over the course of the last year or two. One of my favorite aisles to peruse is always the dinnerware section.
For the walls, we decided to ditch that beautiful green wallpaper and go with more of a creamy color on top, and then while my husband couldn’t believe I actually had the nerve to ask him to put up new wallpaper, I convinced him with the one you see pictured on the bottom half of our wall. Yes, that’s wallpaper! Crazy right! It is made to look like beadboard, which I love the look of, but more affordable. Plus the wallpaper we purchased came pre-pasted and ready to go so all that was needed was water (and some husband patience & skill). You can find the beadboard wallpaper here.
Our dining room table was another labor of love. We were lucky enough to inherit our table from my in-laws, and size-wise it fit perfectly in our space. But I just wasn’t digging the original finish. It had black legs and a darker finished wood top. I had seen a variety of blog posts on how similar tables had been redone with a little paint and effort, so I figured we’d give it a go. We had already redone our living room coffee table utilizing this tutorial from Nifty Thrifty Momma, so to have consistency running through our space, we followed the same steps to redo our dining room table just selected 1 x 6″ pieces of pine instead of 1 X 4″ since the space to cover was significantly larger.
The chalkboard and plates you see pictured on our wall, I adore. I have been able to purposefully use and change the text on the chalkboard (from Hobby Lobby) to fit a variety of events and occasions, and the plates were a cheap Goodwill purchase that I think add dimension to the space. (Now my husband would tell you they add a flare of Grandma Ethel, so to each their own – I love them!)
Finally, our wine rack I have had for years. Instead of spending money on new, we just decided to repurpose it and give it a once over with chalk paint so that it matched the space a bit better. The cute sign above is from Hobby Lobby as well, in case you were wondering.
So there you have it. It’s a cozy little space, that’s for sure, but I feel like we have made the most of it, and it just feels so much homier and brighter to me now than it did when we first moved in. I love our little mealtime nook, and it is definitely a place where many a memory is made!
Wow! Great job! It looks beautiful. You are so creative!
Gorgeous! I love how you were able to do so much for so little money!
Thanks so much! We love our little space!