I’m continuing the house tour today and showing you guys the dining room.
I can’t imagine having a home without a dining room. Jordan and I eat dinner in this room every night (Unless we order in pizza. For some reason we always end up eating pizza on the couch… I have no idea why), it’s so nice to be able to sit down at the table without the distraction of the TV in the living room, or the mess to be cleaned in the kitchen, and just enjoy our meal and talk about our day. It’s the part of my day I look forward to the most.
When we bought the house, the dining room looked like this:
We didn’t do anything drastic in here before we moved in, and it’s undergone a couple of mini-makeovers since then, but basically we refinished the floors, painted the walls (currently Benjamin Moore London Fog and Simply White), ceiling and trim (also Simply White), and changed out the light fixture. I also hung simple white linen drapes I had left over from a previous house, and today it looks like this:
Years ago, we purchased this antique dining table from an antique store in Michigan along with five chairs. I LOVE this table.
It’s the perfect size for the room and has two leaves to accommodate more people. For the longest time, I thought I would someday refinish it since the top is pretty worn, but I no longer think I’m going to do that. I’ve grown really fond of the way it looks and I’m afraid if I refinish it, it will lose some of its warmth and charm.
The chairs are not original to the table (but oddly enough I had someone tell me they grew up with a table exactly like ours and chairs exactly like ours too 🙂 ), and one is in pretty rough shape – so we really only have four. I asked Jordan to build a bench for me so that when we need to seat more people, we can. Of course, he is amazing/awesome and whipped this little bench up for me in no time. 🙂
I keep it tucked in the corner when it’s not in use, but it easily slides into place when we need it.
I really love the look of open shelves in a dining room, and I wanted something simple and casual to display extra dishes and serving pieces that we don’t have room for in our tiny kitchen, so I also asked Jordan to build me this leaning ladder shelf. This one took him a bit more time, but it’s also amazing/awesome, and I get tons of use out of it.
On the other wall, I have a small buffet (it’s actually a sofa table) that we purchased a long time ago.
I stow extra chargers and trays underneath, store table linens and extra candles in the drawers, keep extra serving bowls inside, and its location provides the perfect spot for setting up snacks and appetizers when we have guests. It’s a very handy piece.
I’m still working on the walls in this room. I love this wall basket
and this sign
but I am on the hunt for a mirror and/or anything else that strikes me. I’m taking my time and figure I’ll know the perfect piece(s) when I see it. I’m trying to focus more these days on filling my home with things I love, rather than things I simply like just to avoid having an empty wall.
And that’s our dining room. I hope you enjoyed the tour. Thanks for stopping by! 🙂