I’m excited to share with you today a month of hard work that went into turning our dining room from a place we stored moving boxes and wedding presents into our dining room (and now my favorite room in our house).
I challenged myself to decorate this room in just six weeks or less like the One Room Challenge from Calling It Home. If you’ve been following along, you’ll remember that I started at basically square one. Good bones, but zero furniture.
First things first, I made a list of the things I needed to do to get the room ready for decorating. I needed to remove the unused radiators from under the back window to open up the space and repair and repaint the walls.
Next, I created a design style board for the look I wanted and started shopping.
Without further ado, here is it is!
These bistro chairs stole my heart. When I was first designing the mood board for the room I had intended to mix and match chairs either at the table or as accent chairs alongside the buffet. I leaned on using them as accent chairs next to the buffet, but when I brought two home they looked so great mixed and matched at the table I instantaneously went back to the store for two more. Despite being adorable (and so french), they are surprisingly comfortable!
The chandelier is one of my favorite items in the room. It brings the “old world” look to the room I think it needed in order to make it feel consistent with the style of our nearly 100 year old home. It’s also a great balance for the contemporary buffet.
The buffet…if you’ve been following along you know this is one of the items I decided could be a real money saver. I picked out a mid-century piece on Craigslist and made it over with chalk paint and new hardware (Before & After). (Only $75!) I’m really happy with how it turned out and have started to build my first blue and white collection. I’m expecting these jars to rotate back and forth between the buffet and as centerpieces on the dining room table.
A few of my other budget friendly larger items were the rug (an 8×10 for under $300) and our IKEA bar. Unfortunately, IKEA discontinued this line, but I think it’s a great testament to how you can make a budget friendly piece look more expensive with decorating and hardware.
The second set of curtains didn’t arrive in time for our big reveal, but with the Atlanta weather being absolutely disgusting and cloudy I welcome any bit of sunlight we can get.
If you’re thinking about designing a room you should check out my post on How-To Decorate 101. Calling It Home’s One Room Challenge also kicks next week! It’s one of my favorite design blogger event where 20 designers/bloggers are challenged to transform a room in just six weeks. The reveals are amazing, so I encourage you to check it out.