Dining Room Update (hint…it’s not finished)

Many of you have asked how my dining room is going……..

Well…….it’s going, it’s just not there yet.

So, instead of making you wait a year before I find my next “Pretend Built In Bookshelf“, I thought I would share where it is.

Go easy on me people.

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Ok. My mantel is just full of “stuff”. I am feeling out what I want up there.

I am still looking for my second perfect “built-in”.

The walls are naked until I figure out what I am doing.

So…….anyone recognize the table? I moved it from my breakfast room. I had a glass round table in here, but I just wasn’t feeling it. It lives in the breakfast room right now while I see if this works.

I can’t remember who suggested a round table. I think a few of you did, and it is a great idea to give much more space in the room.

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The thing I like about the glass topped table was that it also opened up the room and the view to the fireplace.

It may still be a possibility. I would just have to find the right chairs. The table was only $25.00, so I can find a way to make it work in either room.

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I found these two chairs at an antique mall yesterday for $20.00. I’m feeling them out here for “extra seating”.

We have easily fit six at this table before, so we could slide them right in.

I really wanted you to see how much room there is now for the chair to slide back and to get around the table.

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Put your hand over my cluttered mantel and empty space on the left side of the fireplace.

Just look at the room I have now. No guest is backed right up to the fireplace anymore, with me worrying that they might be wearing flammable polyester.

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I’m still looking for the right table to go in between these two chairs. I like these chairs for when my husband and I want to just sit in here and “chill”. Great place to go if the kids are watching TV in the living room.

REMEMBER: I am going for a “sitting room” kind of feel and dining area.

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Moving out the armoire opened up this side tremendously and the feeling of openness in the whole room.

As you can tell, I haven’t even grasped this space yet.

Here is a before and after, to remind you of how far this room has come, although I am not finished.

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Long story short……

~ I’m still not “feeling it”.        

So, I either keep on “truckin'” and get this room finished or…..

I put my house up for sale because I am tired of messing with it!

Your job is not finished my friends. You helped start this transformation. Please help me finish it!

Any ideas?

Like the changes so far?

Want to buy my house?

It comes with my immediate family all living within walking distance. That shouldn’t be an issue. Besides the fact that my parents have decided to build a cemetery in their yard. That’s normal isn’t it?

Let me hear your thoughts….or offers on the  house. ; )

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Now…help me with this room!







15 thoughts on “Dining Room Update (hint…it’s not finished)

  • March 27, 2013 at 10:24 am

    I like where this is headed. My only piece of advice would be this: You know you want/need a lot of furniture in this space, and you will only be adding to it with the other faux built-in, so I would be very minimalist with the accessories. Once you think you like what you have, remove 3/4 of the decorative items and you will probably have just enough left in the space. Good luck! I love how bright the space is becoming!

  • March 27, 2013 at 10:35 am

    I forgot to tell you I LOVE the antique chairs you found! What a score!

  • March 27, 2013 at 10:38 am

    Think about that tall blue lamp on the side table beside the door to go in between your blue chairs once you get a table. That table looks like it may fit between the chairs but can’t tell from the pic. If it fit you capfuls put some old crates under the table with a couple throw blankets or some mags.
    Fireplace mantel needs some height. Maybe a repurposed window or large mirror. Looking Good so Far 🙂

  • March 27, 2013 at 11:26 am

    I love where you are going with this, too, and I would just love to have a fireplace in my dining room! So cozy and comfy! I think you need a round table between your two chairs. I just happen to have one in my storage building but it needs painting! I love your 2 new chairs, but I would pull them out and put up a long shelf on brackets on that wall so that it looks as though you have a buffet. Put 2 buffet lamps on the shelf and a mirror between them to refect those awesome curtains and chairs. I think you need a BIG statement piece over the mantel like a tobacco basket. Do you know what those are? Anyway, I think this is fun!

  • March 27, 2013 at 11:49 am

    I think the fireplace needs a little texture, maybe destressing it a little would look good .

  • March 27, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    I love the table! I have to say though that I’m not “feeling” the rug…too dark and formal. Have you thought about no rug at all? The room is so light and bright I just think the rug feels too heavy. Also, I know the extra chairs are a good idea but do you have somewhere else to keep them until needed? I see that big blank wall and feel like it would look AWESOME with one of those BIG black and white family photos…you know, like the kind everyone is doing on pinterest. I wish I had a big empty wall to do that. Good luck girl, we’re rooting for you…you can do this!

  • March 27, 2013 at 9:37 pm

    Rebecca, I love your painted fireplace but there needs to be a contrast between fireplace and wall. At first notice, the firebox is the most prominent thing on the wall and I don’t think you want to accent the gaslogs. I love the linen colored walls but I think one or the other needs to be a different colored neutral. Can’t wait to see the finished project.

  • March 28, 2013 at 7:35 am

    You know that table & chairs STOLE my heart a long time ago!!! They inspired our new dining table & chairs and the insane paint craze that I finally made it though…seeing them made my heart skip a beat & fall in love all over again…lol. I love Jane @ Cottage at the Crossroads idea about the shelf with the lamps & mirror. That would be so pretty. And the tobacco basket would look great above the fireplace…the ones I have seen have been budget breakers, tho:(. I also like Lori’s suggestion about taking out the rug…your floors are so pretty-I love the look in the picture of the old dining room with the sunlight shining in across the floor…You are going to get there so PLEASE don’t give up & sell your house!!! Oh my! I love your two new chairs, too…what a great deal you got on them!

  • March 28, 2013 at 9:43 am

    Hi… I know that feeling when you just can’t make the room “feel” right!! 🙂 I looked at the pictures, read what you said, read what others said, and looked at your pictures again.! There are some great ideas! I agree about taking out the rug, it’s too heavy. I love the table and chairs and the painted fireplace! I am wondering though if you gave a hint to the real problem in your mention of a “chilling” spot for you and your hubby. Maybe you are trying to do too much in there. Maybe you don’t need a dinning room at all!! Turn it into a cozy sitting area! I just get the feeling you would be happier! Someday you may run into the perfect idea to turn it into a dinning room again but for now don’t feel pressured!!! Good Luck!!

  • March 28, 2013 at 10:29 am

    If there is enough space, I would move the bookcase and put the wing chairs on either side of the fireplace, not necessarily flush against the wall, but close to the fireplace. I would store the other two chairs and not display them in the room. The small mahogany table could be placed on the left side of the fireplace (which would be behind one of the wing chairs) with a mirror over it. If you could swag the lighting fixture, you could then move the table out into the room a little more. I love blue and white, so I would keep that theme in decorating the room. It’s always a fresh and crisp look.

  • March 28, 2013 at 11:15 am

    This is going to sound harsh… please know that it comes from a place of love…

    Rug- out.
    Faux built in- out.
    Fireplace repainted in an eggshell finish (not glossy) linen color.
    Wingbacks slipcovered in white/wheat/linen and put in nooks on either side of the fireplace.
    Wall nooks behind wingbacks- large wall mounted art/pictures/ mirrors (ikea shelves with framed pics)
    Round table out.
    Rectangle table back in longways in front of fireplace.
    All chairs with tall backs out
    Long benches with no backs in on long sides of table.
    Buffet in armoire space (waist high, long) and use top for lamps/display

    Please know that I ADORE you and EVERYTHING you do. I consider it an honor and treat to read your blogs. My “suggestions” are only that. Whatever you come up with will be fabulous because it will be YOU. Just wanted to offer my thoughts because you seemed to be struggling with what to try next. Sometimes a fresh set of eyes can see things in a new light….


    • March 28, 2013 at 8:27 pm

      Trish, You are DEFINITELY the friend I would want to ask if “These jeans make my butt look fat?” LOL! Thank you! I love having you here!!! XOXO!

  • March 29, 2013 at 1:53 am

    I realize I’m late to this party, but here’s my two cents anyway. lol

    I agree with the suggestions of taking the rug out, slipcovering the wingback chairs, and moving them to either side of the fireplace. That might allow you to pull the table out further into the room.

    The fireplace looks much better painted, but it has lost some character. The white chairs are wonderful… what about distressing the fireplace in a similar manner? (You can always paint over it again, right? ha ha)

    I know you need storage in that room. Could you move the hutch to the space that the armoire was in?

    I’m torn about the two new old chairs. While I think they’re pretty cool, I’m not convinced they work in this room as they are.

    Aside from all of this, what everybody else says is true… you’ll figure it out. You’re obviously brave enough to change things up!

  • March 30, 2013 at 10:11 am

    Love everything BUT too much of a good thing. The room is too busy. Do you really need a dining room? If you do that round table takes up too much room. I have a round dining table so I know how awkward they can be. The table overpowers the room. It no longer looks like a place to relax. Put the oblong table back if you must have a dining room, & push it against the wall until needed for dining. Remember, less is more!


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