It is that time again! I am now participating in the One Room Challenge for the third time. What is the One Room Challenge, you ask?
The One Room Challenge is a six-week challenge, created by Linda from Calling it Home, to motivate home decorators and bloggers to focus on one unfinished space, put together a plan, and execute it, all while documenting it on their blog for the world to see. 20 featured bloggers will share their process each Wednesday, and the rest of us are invited to link up our own projects the following day. The inspiration and talent are insane y’all!
If you are new around here, let me recap the last 2 challenges that I have done. The first challenge I participated in was making over hubby’s office.
And when all said and done, it looked like this:
You can see more details about the office reveal here.
With the success of the office, we decided to tackle the living room, which was a massive undertaking. I spent every waking moment working on that living room and we still weren’t able to finish it. It was that HUGE of a project including all new hardwood floors throughout the house. The living room should be finished soon but we are looking forward to the next room on our list.
So, for this challenge we decided to take on a project that was a little bit more manageable, but still had that impact of big change. The dining room! Two years ago, we started working on it by stenciling the walls with a subtle trellis motif. During the fall ORC we replaced the hardwood floors on the main floor with solid 5 inch hickory from Columbia Flooring.
And this is the dining room as it stands today. I am also going to call myself out here about the strange artwork on the wall. Yes, the JOY on the wall has been there since Christmas 2015. Awkward.
I can’t wait to get started (and finished) with this space. So let’s talk details!
I have a real life budget and let’s be honest, most of my house furniture was free and/or gently used. The dining room table stays as it was one of our lovely Craigslist finds. $4300 Bassett Furniture 8 person table with Chairs in perfect condition (we paid $400!). However, the centerpiece often ends up being whatever I have around the house that I haven’t found a place for yet.
The walls are also staying because although I am not in lovey-dovey land with it anymore, it was a lot of work. Have you ever stenciled a wall? I will share some tips and my story on that later.
And let me explain this… One of our rescue puppies (ok, 100 lb puppy) had some problems adjusting to the new home. The demolished window sills in the dining room clued us in quickly that he was prone to anxiety and separation destruction. It’s under control now so I feel confident in repairing these without more incidents. Plus, we will be using real wood, not compressed cardboard which apparently these were made out of.
So alright, now for the fun stuff! Our home is a modern colonial that is quintessential Virginia architecture. Lots of crown molding and trim, ornate details, and an airy atmosphere. I am a firm believer in paying homage to the design of the home, but with my own twist. Although it will be a formal dining room, I want to keep it from being stuffy and overly ornate.
Dining Room Makeover Task List:
Make Curtains and Hang
Repair Window Sills
Create a grid style Gallery Wall
Purchase Dining Room Chairs, Area Rug and Pad, and plenty of table accents
Paint Wine Cabinet (maybe)
And a million other little things!
I will hopefully be working on getting everything together in the next week or so. I have ordered some items already but there are more to come. Also, I know that the curtains are going to take some time to make. Then it’s on to the gallery wall. I have a really cool idea for that but I want to keep it a surprise for now. To keep up with the weekly progress posts, you can enter your email for the weekly newsletter at the bottom of this post.
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