I have jumped on this bandwagon and plan to ride it til the end. Yep, I have willingly thrown myself into the pure madness of Linda’s One Room Challenge. You probably saw at least one of the 20 official participants’ plans yesterday, but if not make sure to check them out! (You can find a full list on Linda’s blog). I couldn’t stand the thought of all of them getting to plot, plan, and pull their hair out without me so I decided to take on a project right here in my own house. I figure one of three things could happen:
1. Taylor and I divorce over DIY projects
2. Spring finally comes and I decide to blow off the ORC for an outdoor patio somewhere
3. The room gets a much needed makeover and I throw a celebratory dinner party.
Either way I am just a link-up participant so I can’t get in trouble if things don’t work out, right?!
So, I have decided to finally tackle my dining room. I have barely ever shown you this room because there really isn’t much to show. Other than my DIY skirted bar, the room has been pretty ignored. Here is how it looked a couple of years ago…
We were apparently using it then for storage 🙂
At that point it still had the builder-issued hideous light.
The only “major” thing we had done was a built-in banquette with storage,
which allowed us to move the table over and created a lot more space for passing through.
Other than that all I had done was add cornice boards ( no curtains yet!)
and framed DIY silhouettes of the boys.
Now fast forward 2 years and not much has changed…
I did add curtains but not with much thought. I took these down from our living room and just since I had them, I hung them in here. Too dark, too velvet, too boring!
I still love (and use!) the built-in banquette a lot.
And the farmhouse table was and is one of my favorite purchases.
I also love the new light fixture.
We decided on this one from West Elm (similar here)
so we could swag it over to the table and it has totally opened up the room.
BUT, there are many things I don’t like and want to add.
I am playing around with a black and white theme with some blues thrown in.
Here is a quick plan I came up with…
The paint color is staying. I have no idea what color it even is. I had it painted when we moved in 7 years ago and waaay back then I wouldn’t have even thought of choosing some fancy paint or writing down the name. Times were a lot easier back then! I will be, however removing my wall decals. I loved them at the time but I finally ready to see the scrolls come down.
You can see a little part of one in this picture…
All of those colorful squares represent possible fabric choices for the bench cushion and/or pillows.
I couldn’t decide between those fabrics for a cornice but I have hit a bump in the road with that anyways…more on that later!
There is also another part of this room I haven’t shared yet, but I am saving that for another post.
I am so excited to freshen up this room because it is visible from the moment you walk in our house.
If you remember my teaser I shared last week…
…you see that I included some wood.
That’s on my radar this week so wish me luck at the salvage yard!
And if you are here for the first time today, welcome!
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