That is an official DIY fixer upper term. Sure, on all the TV shows they finish their renovations with everything exactly how they want it. It’s decorated to perfection, they release doves at the grand reveal, and unicorns play harps in the backyard. But I quickly realized what a big difference there is between being a production company with a team of professionals, and being a hubby and wife with big dreams and a paint brush.
I talked about this in my post on how to transition to a new décor style a few weeks ago. In the real world (at least in my real world) things happen slower. Decorating and styling, and even furnishing happens over time. Partly so I can live with each space and get a feel for what I really want where… but mostly because sometimes we have to replenish the ol’ bank account before we can move on to the next project. Just keeping it real here. So this is a reveal of my done-ish dining room.
There’s more to add and more we want to do. But this is where it is going to be for a awhile, and that’s perfectly fine with me. Let’s kick things off with a reminder of the “before” shall we?
Crunchy carpet. Dirty, dingy walls. Everyone’s favorite vertical blinds. And a light fixture that was a serious 80s throwback.
And now, it’s my favorite room in the house.
That might seem silly since (like most people) our formal dining room is probably the least-used room in the house. But in our fairly open floor plan, it is still a big part of the visual story of the space. So maybe it’s more costume jewelry than it is practicality… but I still love it.
The rest of the house is light and bright, but I just love the drama the darker wall color brings to this room. The paint color is “Cloverdale” by HGTV Home by Sherwin Williams. You can read all about the colors we chose for the entire house, and our process for making sure they all worked together here: How to Chose Paint Colors for a Whole House.
The custom cased openings and window trim we did throughout the house is one of my favorite things we did in this whole renovation. And in this room I feel like it really steals the show!
And speaking of stealing the show… I am still madly in love with our chandelier. For more on where we got it, and info on all our light fixtures throughout the house, check out my post on Keeping Light Fixtures Cohesive When You’re Replacing Them All.
I created a super simple centerpiece with a vintage soda crate, antlers, and some greenery.
The table is the first piece of furniture my husband ever built for me years ago, and is also one of our first DIY fails. I’ll share all about that in a future blog post. We are working on making a new tabletop replace this one because that table runner is actually hiding a huge crack.
Crack and all, I still love the table. It is made of cypress so it is one heavy son-of-a-mother! The rug underneath it is actually not a rug at all. It’s a bamboo mat. You guys… this is the perfect under-the-table-rug-situation. I mean, hello! It’s a rug you can sweep and mop! No yucky food gunk all up in your carpet. But you still get the pretty look of a rug in your dining room, and protection for your floors from the constant scooting of chairs.
Plus, I’ve been obsessed with typography since I was a kid getting in trouble for using elaborate fonts on my school reports. So the typography motif was a no brainer for me! Keep an eye on Décor Steals, and if this baby comes back around RUN DON’T WALK to your Internet browser of choice and snag one!
The back wall of the dining room is the largest blank wall in the house. But I have a piece of furniture in my head that I want for that spot… and once I’ve got something stuck in my mind nothing else will do. Problem is, I can’t find it. Vintage or otherwise, in my price range or out. It just doesn’t exist. I’ve sketched out my dream piece, and I think I’ve talked the hubs into just making me one. But with everything else on our to-do list, that’s a few items down on the priority scale.
I have plans for what will hang on the wall there as well. However, since any wall art will need to be positioned around the imaginary piece of furniture that I don’t own yet, this wall remains bare. Like I said… no production company on staff plus tight budget equals leaving some things undone until we can do exactly what we want.
I love this wall as well, because it is a case study in blending “his and hers” styles. I’ll be honest, hanging a deer head on my wall would not be my first décor choice. But it was important to my husband to incorporate into our home, and guess what… he lives here too. Honestly, for the most part he gives me free reign in the decorating department. So when he does have something that he feels strongly about, I really want to make it work.
Taxidermy has a way of being a…. let’s just say… “statement piece.” So my challenge was how to make it blend into the rest of our décor without it taking over. To help with this, I chose to not center it on the wall. Then I created a mini gallery wall around it with some framed patents.
I am actually really happy with how it all came together. The vintage plans in the 6-gallon crock are actually the original blueprints to our house that we found during the renovation.
So there you have it! Our first completed room in the house! Yay!
What about you guys? Would the big empty wall drive you crazy, or do you leave things alone until you can do exactly what you want?