Just sharing a little progress from my dining room. I feel like this space has really come together! I'm sure I will tweak and change things here and there, but overall this is one of the spaces in my home that I am the most happy with right now. So, I'm excited to share it with you. But first let's take a walk down ol' memory lane…
Guys, I apologize for the TERRIBLE photo quality of that "before" photo. I was going through my house "before" photos folder as I was working on this post, and I realized that I only have two photos that show off this space, and they are BOTH blurry. Ah! The shame! So just imagine the space looked like that, but not blurry.
Although a lot about this space has changed, there are actually a lot of things that have stayed the same. Mainly the floors and ceiling are exactly the same as when we moved in. Our house is wood on wood on wood. :)
Also, I had hung some sheer curtains over the windows but have since removed them. Fickle, right? Really Trey mentioned that he liked it better without them, and after I thought about it, I realized he was 100% right. Our backyard backs up to the forest, and I've seen numerous deer and even a turkey back there this year, so why cover it up, even with a sheer curtain. Plus no neighbors will be peeking in since, again, it's just the forest back there. So, yeah, took that curtain decision back.
Before we moved in, Trey and I painted all the living areas white. We had a professional paint the kitchen cabinets white at the same time. So all of that was done before we moved in, which was SUCH a luxury because if you've ever painted cabinets or had cabinets painted while living in the house, it's messy and not super fun to live with.
Next we bought and hung a new light fixture in this space because neither of us really loved the fixture the house came with. The new one has, what I call, a dirty copper look, and it matches the lights that are hanging in the kitchen. Plus I just liked the shape of the new one a lot.
I also had the upper cabinet doors removed and we added wallpaper to the back of those cabinets. The bottom cabinets I recently added new (copper looking) hardware to, but I don't think you can really see that in these photos super well.
And recently I painted our dining room table black. It was white before and I loved that, but it was just feeling like too much white in the space. The black feels like it really anchors the table in place within the dining room space.
But honestly, what really made this room feel SOOOO much more "done" and also cozy feeling was the rug. I LOVE this rug. The texture is just so cool, and I like the minimal design. Bonus points that it won't show off white dog hair (because we have a shedder in the house for sure!), but I am a bit nervous for doggie accidents. Ah, the joys of dog ownership. What can I say? I can't live with them (with rugs), but I can't live without them. :)
The main thing I feel I need to work on in this room is the space right next to my giant cactus. I usually have my food blogging step ladder stored there, but I feel like I either need to find a way to make it a little more attractive or I should do something else with that space. I've thought about moving our record player over there, but I don't know.
Credits // Author and Photography: Emma Chapman.