Welcome to everyone’s favorite kind of post – One Room Challenge Dining Room Reveal Time. I’ve been struggling a bit this round of the One Room Challenge rollercoaster. This is my third time and my first round since I have become a homeowner again.
The last two times I participated were in a house we rented (if you have never seen those rooms check out my first dining room and master bedroom). It was almost easier to commit to design ideas in that space because it felt temporary. So if I didn’t like the space in a year it didn’t matter since I would be moving anyway-right?!?!
For some reason this round of the challenge I felt like I could not get my bearings. I was a little fearful of committing to the space because I knew the design had to last longer than my last two rounds. The other part had to do with balancing a demanding day job with family responsibilities. I could find the time to do the physical labor…but couldn’t seem to keep up with the blog posts, Instagram posts and all the other parts that make the challenge so fun and engaging. Every time I would carve out a few hours to edit pictures and write I would have total writers block…and then it felt inauthentic like I was forcing words out of my brain. So I apologize if those last posts weren’t as good as they could have been.
Despite it all I finished the space…and am happy to report that I really love it. Beyond that it has become one of the most functional spaces in our small but mighty home. I’m thankful for the deadline the ORC provided, because we all know I’d still have pantry shelving in my dining room if it wasn’t for that. Just a friendly reminder…
Dining Room Before
Let me show you a few other pictures of where we started. These were taken the day we were given the keys. I honestly walked in an thought…”Did we make a mistake?!?”
Happily that was just a moment of pure fear before we embarked on a “mini” renovation to make the house feel more like a home of our own. So without further ado here is my OneRoomChallenge Dining Room Makeover!
Dining Room After
Big Impact Changes in the Dining Room
So let’s talk about what we did in here to give the room a more cohesive feel.
- First I modified our old blue banquette by cutting down the back and reupholstering in a Perennials fabric that is proving to be bullet proof. It cleans up so easily you almost have to see it in person to believe it. I debated about the fabric swatch for weeks and I’m really happy I went with this more neutral textural choice. Then I painted the white banquette the same Benjamin Moore Shale that we painted the kitchen with. That way the banquette felt like it was an extension of the kitchen not a weird add on. (Bonus that this was leftover paint from our renovation a few months ago).
- Next on the list I added some faux Roman Shades to disguise the black roller screens the previous owner installed. The screens were functional but felt really bare with the vaulted ceilings. I had picked up these Belgian linen window panels six months ago at an outlet. All I had to do was buy a few tension rods and use an extensive amount of iron on tape to make these beautiful little window coverings.
- Looking Down on the windowsill you can see the new wood casing. I used a piece of red oak that was easy to find at Lowe’s to give the window a more finished look. I figure it is a good spot for a drink and also ties the window to the other oak items used in the space. Ashley came through in the eleventh hour and made us a few new pillow covers too!
- Adding a new large scale light fixture to the space was like adding a piece of art. This light fixture was the perfect choice to fill the volume of the vaulted ceilings without feeling too heavy. I’m really in love with it and so happy to have a light in this corner again!
Small Dining Room Changes
These were the little things that really helped give the space life. All too often I skip these detail because of time and money, but what I have found is that they really give the space life and make it feel like our home!
- Plants, testing out a new Fiddle Leaf Fig andI love that new little black and white pot.
- ART! We bought this painting for ourselves on our fifth anniversary and it is one of the few pieces I have been missing. (When we moved in I left all of our art in storage to see what pieces I really missed- this is one of the first to make it out).
- DIY Elements. I have been thinking about making this butcher block roll for over a year. I am glad I was finally able to think it through and DIY this for our dining space. Tutorial coming soon on this one. The kids and I are enjoying already writing out family dinner menus. I’m hoping it will also serve as inspiration to add impromptu art to the house!
Well Friends, I hope you enjoyed the reveal. Six weeks of thinking, mulling over decisions and DIY-ing marks the end of another successful OneRoomChallenege. I hope you enjoyed watching the transformation. Let me know what you think!
Make sure to also check out the other talented designers who participated in this round of the challenge, link here. I can’t forget about my talented partner Ashley who has participated in the past by renovating a full kitchen and master bedroom! Have fun reading and pinning away!