Our dining room has been through many changes over the last two years and I think its safe to say I’ve finally found a sweet spot for it.
If you’ve followed along for a while now you have seen the process and journey we’ve taken with our dining room. I remember when we first moved in I KNEW I wanted open shelving. I’ve loved it from the very beginning, so we did open shelving in our dining room using black steel pipe. We also still had our very first dining room table that the Mr. and I built together (now in our home school room) and we built a shelving unit for the space as well. I remember enjoying the space but it never felt ‘right’. I styled these shelves over and over and still something always felt off.
Our dining room kept the industrial/rustic look for just over a year and I was ready for a change. I wanted our shelving to be ‘less chunky’, I believe were the words I used. It just felt too heavy in the space if that makes sense. So the next time we were at Ikea we grabbed a few of their brackets that are $5 each. Originally I wanted a natural wood bracket but they were all out and since I’m not one to be patient when it comes to projects I grabbed black. We also switched our shelves from 2x’s to 1x’s. They no longer felt heavy in the space. I also gave our dining and sitting room a fresh coat of paint using Bistro White. My favorite white paint color if you’ve ever wondered!
We also built a new table. This table is a bit different from the one we first built. Our first table we used 4×4’s for the legs and we built the entire table. For our new table we actually used the legs off of a table I scored for free! We just built a new frame to attach the legs to and added a top! It was very easy and I love the look of it. When we built this table we built it to be a tad longer and more narrow. Again making the space feel less heavy but still providing the seating that we need.
I think it was around fall time when I started to get the itch to paint our shelving white, y’all know I love white. I tried just painting the brackets white to help lighten up the space but I had a feeling that wouldn’t be enough.
I’ve mentioned before that after Christmas I like to refresh a couple of spaces in our home, well since the desire to paint the opening shelving in the dining room wasn’t going away I decided this space would be the space I put a little more time into. And here I am sharing our little farmhouse style dining room makeover.
This little makeover was very simple. Some paint for the shelves a $30 light spray painted and some fun shelf styling was all it took! I don’t normally ‘define’ our home or décor as one style but when I really sit down and think about how I decorate our home and the process, farmhouse is usually where I land. Now, farmhouse is defined many different ways by many different people. I think we all have our own version of what we think it is. Rustic farmhouse, Chip and Joanna farmhouse, modern farmhouse… To ‘me’ its living a simple life and getting your hands dirty, working hard and enjoying the quiet moments, filling your home with only the things you know to use and love. Now if we were to bring back a farming couple from 100 years ago they may tell us differently but when I think about what it was like then, to live on a farm and to work with your hands…I imagine simple things like candles and music, a warm fire with a handmade blanket close by in the rocking chair, fresh-cut greens and flowers throughout the home, an apron hanging in the kitchen by a basket full of apples freshly picked, handmade furniture and fresh-baked bread, little ones running through the house barefoot while mom and dad dance in the kitchen. Sometimes I wish I could have lived then, when life was simple. But since I live in the now, my focus is to bring those things into our lives, our home and our décor. So that, right or wrong is how I view farmhouse(style).
Its taken me a couple of years to really see that ‘simple’ is what I was craving. I want a simple life, simple cleaning schedule, simple food, simple décor, ALL of the simple things! I found that by filling our home with only the things we use and love (I mean really LOVE!!) help me achieve a lot of these simple things I’ve been craving. When I simplified our décor, it simplified my cleaning routine which has given me more time with the girls to simply enjoy time, making life more simple. I’ve also noticed my anxiety has been far better than it ever has. I still have days where I let it take over but those days have decreased greatly and I know it’s because of the changes I’ve made in our home and my life. Now as far as our food that’s another story, but we are working on it! I have found myself making more homemade items like pies, salsa, bread, biscuits, it’s actually been more fun than I’d imagined.
Todays blog post went a little deeper than I had intended but it’s what was on my heart this morning and y’all know I’m a sharer. I hope that even if you don’t enjoy our dining room makeover, maybe something I’ve said today will inspire you. Are you craving simplicity in your life? Start by purging the things you haven’t used in the last year, or get organized with a cleaning schedule (you can read about mine in this post How ‘I’ Keep a Tidy Home). Whatever it is you do, I hope that you strive to create a home for you and your family that you love, one that you get excited to come home to.
That’s it for today friends! I’d love to hear what y’all think about the new changes we’ve made. As always, if you have any questions please leave them in the comments section below or email me at email@example.com. You can follow along by clicking the FOLLOW button on the right hand side of the screen, I’m also on Instagram and Pinterest @misdiy if you’d like to see what I’m up to there! Once again, I’ve included an image(s) below if you’d like to save this blog post to Pinterest for later!
~Happy Reading Friends