Dining Room Makeover

I’ve been promising you guys for a couple weeks now that I would show you some rooms in the old house that I quickly decorated before we put it up on the market. Today I’m sharing one of my favorites… the dining room!

dining room makeoverThis room has no windows so it was always seemed a little dark and dreary, that is until we found this amazing crystal chandelier on clearance from Costco for $100. Yep, you read that right. $100 for this huge 12 light chandelier. It was seriously in my top 5 things that I wish we could have kept from the old house.

dining room farmhouse tableOne of my first purchases for this room was our farmhouse table & matching console from Ezekiel & Stearns. They’re a local St. Louis company but they ship anywhere, plus their tables are SUPER affordable. They do tons of custom work too; my BFF is having them make a round table for her family of 6.

dining room makeoverThe color on the walls is called Char Latte from Clark+Kensington at Ace Hardware. It’s a gorgeous “earthy orange” color that really changes depending on the lighting and camera I used, hah. It is one of my new favorite paint colors though; I will definitely find a place for it in our new home.

dining room char latteThe blue buffet we picked up from Red Posie (my favorite local vintage store) a couple months back. I had blue in almost every room in our old home, and this was the perfect accent to the Char Latte color.

dining room painted buffet

char latte dining room paint

dining room char latteThe area rug we scooped up from The Home Depot about a year ago for $150. It has hints of this paint color and the blue throughout. Definitely ties everything together.

dining room farmhouse table makeoverBecause I had that huge butler’s pantry in our kitchen, we really didn’t need a china cabinet in our dining room. Instead I opted for the blue server and a console table that matched the farmhouse table. Above the console is a framed blue magnolia painting from Kirkland’s.

And over the buffet I hung a starburst mirror I found at Joss and Main. I loved how it matched some of the wood tones from the table.

dining roomThe chairs were purchased about 10 years ago in our very first home. It’s probably time to upgrade, but the microfiber is so easy to wipe down with the kiddos. I’m definitely went with the idea of functional over formal in this dining room.

dining room makeoverSo that’s it for the dining room. So sad that I finished it only a month before we moved out! But at least I know we can use most of the pieces in the new digs.

Next I’ll show you guys my living room. You can get a slight peek of it from the photo above, fake fireplace and all. I’ll share the details next week!



My Two New {Cheap} Centerpieces

As I mentioned this past weekend we hosted the main course of a Progressive Dinner at our home with the new neighbors. I was kinda freaking out since we just moved in less than two months ago and the place is kinda bare in some spots.

Well something I definitely wanted to cross off my list for the occasion? Centerpieces for our breakfast room and dining room tables… but without spending a lot of money.

DIY flower centerpieces on a budgetFirst was the breakfast room. I wanted something low with touches of blue to match our end chairs. I found this simple white vase from Walmart (yes, Walmart) for $10 and purchased two small bouquets of fake flowers from the same aisle.

diy cheap centerpiece materialsAnd bam. My first centerpiece for less than $17.

blue flowered DIY centerpieceI know, I know… nothing extraordinary here.

blue flower table centerpieceBut then I moved onto the dining room centerpiece. l took the basic premise of my Table Trough Centerpiece but with minor changes. Instead of mitered edges, I just did flat cuts. Seriously a 5 minute cut and nail project.

wood table trough centerpieceI then painted the entire box in Pure White Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.

white wood planter centerpieceAnd gave it a quick sloppy brushing of clear wax then dark wax.

table planter centerpiece tutorialThen I filled it with a bunch of pink silk flowers I had in storage from our old home.

wood planter centerpieceAnd this project cost me ZERO BUCKS since I had all of the supplies on hand: spare wood, paint, wax and the fake flowers. That’s the kinda DIY project I love.

DIY flower centerpiece box planter

wood planter centerpieceAnd I love the fact that I can switch out the flowers for each season or holiday. Beautiful poinsettias for Christmas, pastels for Spring… lots of options.

DIY table trough centerpiece

diy planter centerpieceSo if you’re keeping track, that’s two new centerpieces for $17.
Nothing too fancy, but pretty sweet for last minute crafting.

DIY flower centerpieces on a budget