Emma’s Dining Room (Before & After)

Emma Chapman's dining roomI moved in to my house almost two years ago. My goodness how time flies! When I bought my home I was twenty five, single, with one dog, and my brother and neice lived with me. A lot has changed since then. The house I bought was a three bedroom, two bathroom space with a small fenced in backyard, and it was "move-in ready." Meaning nothing major needed fixing, but there was still a LOT of cosmetic work to be done. A Beautiful Mess dining room before and afterBefore: This is how my dining room looked after a year of living in my house. I hadn't done ANYTHING to it other than just moved my stuff in. (Please excuse the mess! I had just gotten back from a trip and didn't want to miss snapping a few before pictures before I started painting.) I had popcorn ceilings, tan walls, curtains that came with the house (I did, at least, wash them) and furniture/fixtures that I just had on hand or happened upon.Homemade dining room tableMy dining room really isn't a "room" so to speak. It's more of a breakfast nook. I wanted to try and find ways to open the space up. I like how cozy it felt but I was hoping to try and make it feel… well, bigger. To add an airy feel to the space, I changed out the curtains, painted the walls and had the ceilings scraped and painted. I also had the tiles re-grouted because the dark grout had worn out in a few places. The mostly white walls made the space feel larger and more open.Emma Chapman's dining room tableDIY dining room tableI added more intentional/personal peices to the room by moving in my DIY kitchen table and adding a DIY pots and pans pegboard to the back wall. I love the rustic wood textures paired with all the black and white. It's unexpected and adds an off beat touch.Pot luckProbably my favorite detail is these vintage letters spelling "Pot Luck" over the pegboard. Get it? Pot luck… Kitchen puns. I will never get tired of them.

Thanks for letting me share my updated dining room with you! xo. Emma

Source list: rug/Urban Outfitters, chairs/Amazon, curtain/Target and light fixture/Young House Love for Shades of Light

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