NOTE: For your convenience, I’ve linked all paint colors/furniture/décor at the end of this post.
The very first room that we completed here on West Division was the dining room. I can’t describe to you the good it did for my mental state to see this room clean + complete (with the exception of the trim—which ended up being completed in the 9thmonth of pregnancy three years later).
Before we dive into the after pics, a quick refresh on the dining room when we arrived.
And some “in the process” pictures for good measure…
We rarely use it like a dining room—it’s more like an extension of the main living area (which is directly connected to the left). A place to study. A place to drink coffee. Or a place to host friends.
I love when a room can serve more than one purpose.
The best, warm morning light shines in this room + when this room is clean, it does something for my heart, because it’s my favorite room. Well, before Jack came + his room plans began.
It’s the one room in the house that has stayed relatively the same over the years with only updates to the wall décor or adding in a few shelves. It’s also the only square room in the house—which has made me appreciate square rooms going forward. You’ll see what I mean as we go through the house.
The floors in this room + the living room (all connected) was our attempt at DIY wood flooring. I do love how it turned out, but we have both vowed to NEVER sand/stain our own floors again. What was an attempt to save money, turned out to be a huge pain in the butt. Plus, old floors were finished with lacquer which is the most stubborn substance to remove. We went through several sanding pads per two feet to finally get down to the raw floor. This was grueling + dusty + miserable. Ask my husband. But more on this next time.
The walls were painted with Requisite Gray by Sherwin Williams—and it’s still my favorite shade of gray. Warm but light, so a smaller room feels bigger + airy. We used a matte paint so that the sun wouldn’t reflect the variety of indentations in the plaster wall—plus this lends to the warmth of the room. I haven’t had trouble with cleaning it—Sherwin Williams has lower finish paints that are just as durable for cleaning. Though I think next time, I’ll stick with eggshell or satin because #kids.
The trim was a Pinterest DIY success story, thanks to Andrew! The DIY itself is genius. You don’t have to wander far into the trim aisle to realize that crown molding is just plain expensive. So, we used two, separate pieces of “cheap trim,” spacing them apart on the wall, and then painted over everything with the ceiling paint to make it look like it was one large piece. Here’s a tutorial showing exactly what we did. Tip: find of piece of sturdy wood to follow the lines + keep an even space as you’re nailing up your trim. The only downside for us is that being an old house, nothing is perfectly square, so there’s a lot of caulk filling in awkward gaps. Though I have to say, I’d never notice if I didn’t know to look super close.
The light fixture has got to be my favorite in the house. It’s a place to insert texture + contrast. I love the modern, clean lines against the more classic, warm walls. It updates the space without disagreeing with it. I used black as my accent neutral throughout the house, so this light helps to tie the dining room in with that common theme.
I LOVE my table. It’s small, so we’ll have to upgrade with kiddos in the future. But I love the style of it, the rich color, and the way it complements the square room. The chairs are a Target favorite—surprisingly comfortable + just, straight up eye candy.
I’ve cycled through a few rugs over the years but I’ve always kept this black + white pattern because I feel like it gives life to the space. While the gray walls, white trim + vintage styled table are classic. The rug is modern + funky—I just love this stark contrast.
The yellow buffet has held our serving ware for years, as well as many a seasonal décor + chalkboard. This wall has served as our statement piece for this room, drawing your eye when you walk in—though it’s changed quite a bit over the years. You can flip through the gallery to see the changes.
I wound up making the statement piece a bit more modern in the end as my style as started to veer away from all things rustic. Plus, I wanted a place to showcase our family photos + thought that this would be a unique way to do so.
For a long time, I had no idea what to do with the corners of the room. For much of that time, only the dining table + yellow buffet accommodated this room.
Eventually I moved our coffee “bar” out of the kitchen for more storage space + it made sense to house it here, in the dining room, where everyone could easily access it. I repurposed the white shelf from another room, grabbed my favorite wire baskets for storage, and nailed up two simple shelves with IKEA brackets. I’ve always had a thing for mason jars so much of our extras are stored there. The galvanized steel stand is a Pottery Barn sale splurge and is the perfect place for our mugs to rest. The framed printable is an Etsy find + the small print is the front of a Lindsey Letter’s greeting card. Of course, this neutral space is calling out for something green, so I tossed in a few of my faux plants from T.J. Maxx hauls.
YES. I’m a faux plant lady. I wish I was a real plant lady. And maybe I will be someday. But I was spending a small fortune on plants just to kill them, so it made more financial sense to invest in something that I can’t kill. And I can’t say that I mind the look—it works for me.
This cube stand was ordered when Jack was on the inside, as a place to store his toys + diapers. I ended up moving all that to the living room since that’s where we’ve spent 99% of our time so this became practical storage for our printer/paper/small tools.
The gallery wall is the work of printables that I’ve collected over the years, mostly from Etsy.
This closet houses our cleaning supplies + small household tools. To make the most of closet space, we placed track shelving with repurposed wood shelves & peg boards with hooks on the interior.
And finally, this random corner leads to the hallway of six doors. I believe it must’ve been the product of an addition, though I can’t quite figure it out. The pennant banner was a DIY craft inspired by an Etsy shop that I couldn’t afford. I don’t craft too often, but when I do, I love it. I’ll link the materials below for when you’re in the mood to create.
One last look around the room.
I just smile & take a deep breath in when I see this space all clean & inviting.
Like I said, my style is quite a hodgepodge of ideas. But it feels like home to me. Brownie points for you if you can come up with a working title for it. 🙂
SHOP MY DINING ROOM:
(some items are no longer available, so I’ve linked similar finds)
Wall Paint: Requisite Gray, Matte
Ceiling & Trim Paint: plain white base, no color added–SATIN. I only had the store shake the can for me. In our next house I’m going to try out one of Joanna’s whites from their interior paint line.
Dining Table (similar find): Cottage Oak Round Pedestal Table
Industrial Chairs: Carlisle Metal Dining Chair
Cube Organizer: Better Homes & Gardens Four Cube Organizer
White Shelf (used for coffee buffet): Carson Two Shelf Bookshelf
X Tiered Shelf (similar find–same brand, extra shelf): Unfinished Wood Shelf, we painted this with a yellow called “Sunflower”–can’t remember the brand
Area Rug: Black Scandinavia Diamond Tuscan Area Rug, 6′ square used in our dining room
Bamboo Blinds (similar find): Passenger Pigeon Bamboo Roller Shades
White Curtains (similar find): I found our panels on sale at T.J. Maxx, the brand was Hillcrest. I haven’t been able to track down any more panels which I’m bummed about–I LOVE these curtains. It’s definitely worth it to buy well-made curtains! Here is what’s certainly available on T.J.’s online selection.
Industrial Pendant Lamp (similar find): Light Society Pendant Lamp
Cube Baskets: Woven Hyacinth Collapsable Storage Baskets
Wire Basket Organizers (used in coffee buffet): Better Homes & Gardens Wire Organizer
White Picture Frames: Better Homes & Gardens frames, variety of sizes–WONDERFUL quality!
Gather Word Sign: Unfinished Wall Art
Wire Grid for Photos: Kufox Wire Grid, Set of Two
Family Photos: Square Print Set (you can almost always find a sale for these)
Square Verse Prints: She Reads Truth Card Sets
Framed Printables: Balance is Key Print || Throw Kindness Around Like Confetti Print || Love Grows Best in Little Houses Print || She Reads Truth Scripture Prints || Home is Where the WIFI Connects Print || Oui Oui Print || Wake Up and Smell the Coffee Print || Blah Blah Blah Coffee Print
FLORAL BANNER DIY
Felt for Flowers: Benzie’s Wool Blend Felt–the SOFTEST you’ll find
Canvas Banner: Wall Display Banner
Glass Mugs: Anchor Hocking Set
Bowls & Plates: Caterer’s Box Dinnerware
Owl Salt & Pepper Shakers: Kate Spade Set
Cloth Napkins (similar find): Linen Napkins by Hearth & Hand
Keurig: Turquoise Coffee Maker
Chemex: Chemex Classic Series
French Press: Bodum Chambord
Single Mug Pour-over: Melitta Coffee Porcelain Cone Coffeemaker
BEST K-Cups: Peet’s Coffee, Cafe Domingo Medium Roast
Tiered Stand: Galvanized Metal Three Tiered Stand
Artificial Plants & Wooden Letter Accent: T.J. Maxx Variety Online
Well, friend that wraps up the dining room! Next up on our home tour, we’ll be peeking into the living room just on the other side of that arch.
Hope you enjoyed this look into our home–I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below! See you next time. xoxo