I’m not sure what happened between when we finished up the dining room and now but it all passed in a blur. There was the craziness of the holidays and then the last 2 months have zipped by. But I do know that during that time there were a lot of dance parties around that table. It’s become a new tradition to put on a record when Dad gets home and all parade around the table. I spin Cora, our 18 month old, and she throws her head back in absolute delight. “Dance” is now in her limited vocabulary and she’s been known to start hip thrusting as soon as you walk into the room. Our record collection has taken off thanks to Christmas and birthday presents and we’re not relegated to listen to the same 2 albums on repeat. We spend a ton of time in this room and really love the transformation it’s been through.
Now to start back at the beginning. If I could count the minutes I spent in the dining room prior to it’s overhaul it would be quite few. I simply did not want to spend any time there. Perhaps it was the single light pendant that looked SO SAD or the over-sized table and hideous chairs that we moved from the old house. Either way, it was useless and unwanted real estate. We have a large eat-in kitchen table just off of our kitchen and so the dining room is really extra space. I entertained the idea of changing the room completely to a sitting room or some kind of lounge space but in the end I wanted to make it a dining room that felt like a lounge space. Somewhere to play games with friends while the kiddos played next door in the playroom. Or a place where I could set up my laptop and do some work while the kids played during the day. Or, eventually, a place tucked away where the kids could do some homework while I cook dinner.
The inspiration for the room all stemmed from that beautiful floor lamp we inherited from Eric’s grandma. It is an absolute stunner and I knew we needed to up our game to make the room fit for it. The chandelier and the moulding in the room really play to the light and make it feel at home.
The moulding was a labor of love and you can read all about the installation in this post. I am so happy with how it turned out and I love that it gives this old world formality to a room that is just 2.5 years in age. We painted the entire room from crown to quarter round in Sherwin Williams Riverway in a flat sheen. I am quite tempted to do picture frame moulding again in another room but I’m not going to lie that it was a LOT of work and I’m not fully prepared for that yet.
The chandelier which we ordered through 4 Chairs makes quite a statement on it’s own. It’s large but it feels right in the space compared to the 54″ table from LexMod. I spent a ridiculous amount of time searching for the perfect table and even got quotes from a local stone company for a 54″ round marble slab to place on a base myself. I think I pretty much exhausted every possible marble table option including all of the rectangular ones. I really wanted real marble but I just couldn’t do it. Not with two little ones. And…given that my kids have already eaten random snacks and spilled things on the table it definitely seems like I went with the right decision. Don’t be fooled though…that artificial marble is HEAVY. It took both me and my husband everything we had in us just to basically slow it down some as it fell onto the base. It’s sturdy and not going anywhere.
I wanted bistro chairs for our table because I fell in love with that look on Pinterest. Most of the nice bistro chairs a la Serena and Lily are 200-300 bucks/chair which was way out of my price range. There seemed to be this huge gap in quality to get a cheaper chair and instead of actual rattan you’d get plastic. NOT the look I wanted. I found these chairs from Pier 1 and they are real rattan AND a great price AND STRIPES. And I can’t say no to STRIPES.
That mid century modern dresser was a facebook marketplace find. FACT: If I see a good deal on a MCM dresser I will convince my husband to buy it even if I have no idea where I’m putting it. This one in particular was being sold by an older lady for $125 who had no idea what she had. She told me, “I’ve never had so many people respond to something”. HA. The good news is out of everyone, apparently I messaged her first. We had to pick it up from her house which was literally down a long gravel road in the middle of nowhere to which I told my husband, “I love you. I hope we don’t get murdered.” Pretty sure I tell him that with every craigslist/marketplace pick up. Fortunately, this lady did not murder us and was actually super cute and let my son pet her chickens. The dresser is in great shape but honestly needs a little wax or something of which I have not figured out quite yet. If you have a product you love for this – do tell!
The record player is on loan from my brother who was a DJ (the wicky-wicky kind, NOT the wedding kind) for a brief stint in high school. It’s way nicer than what I was going to buy and was just sitting in my parent’s house while he’s in Germany. I do give it a little wicky-wicky love every now and then just to help it relive it’s former glory. Did you know record players have no way to amplify sound? I didn’t. We bought the speakers and set them up and it played the quietest music ever. So then we also bought this little amplifier which brings it up to human levels. The acrylic record stand helps hold our favorites. I use the record player ALL THE TIME. It’s super convenient to throw on a record while we’re in the playroom or while making dinner.
The Richmond reproduction map was one of the first things I bought for the house and lived in the kitchen for its first 2 years. I still love it just as much as the day I bought it. Also, because this wall is opposite to the windows anything with glass would have glared too badly but the subtle sheen on the map is just perfect.
I really struggled with the back wall because it was craving some giant piece of artwork. And I pinned about a hundred different massive artwork photos on Pinterest. But achieving the look I wanted would have been costly and I couldn’t find a piece that I could see myself never tiring of. So until I find that perfect piece, enter these budget-friendly frames from Target. I picked some of my favorite travel photos and in Lightroom I just played around with the editing until I got a cohesive look that I liked. This ended up being the vintage preset with a -64 saturation.
I debated for a while whether I really wanted curtains or not but in the end I felt like it needed something light and airy to help add some brightness to the room especially after the sun went down. These curtains from IKEA are simple but super budget friendly.
The plates between the windows I collected on our trip to Italy in 2016.
The entryway splits the area between the play room and the dining room and it also got a major facelift last year. I added board and batten and removable wallpaper. I painted the board and batten white but lately have been thinking it would look great in a putty color. I may paint the front door and the French doors a charcoal/black.
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Wall Color: SW Riverway (flat)