Fussy dining rooms with wall-to-wall dark matchy-matchy furniture aren’t what most people want these days. This dining room that I completed recently is casual enough that it doesn’t say “let’s not go in there unless it’s Thanksgiving or Christmas,” yet it still feels like a “formal” dining room–just more approachable.
Window treatments finish off any room. These are massively tall, but they’re also simple and straightforward–lined linen panels in a muted pumpkin color with no trim and a simple rod pocket at the top. For the curtain rod we used industrial piping.
The furniture itself leans more to the casual side. Once we erased that orange-y oak with dark walnut stain and Annie Sloan’s Old White, the room was well on its way to a more updated look. The gray upholstered host and hostess chairs added some softness and contrast to the other finishes in the room.
Without question, the focal point is the wall above the buffet. I found the chalkboard at a yard sale of all places–but not just any yard sale. A girl I know who has incredible taste gave me a head’s up that she was selling off some amazing items. The large, ornate frame immediately caught my eye, and I knew it would be the perfect focal point for this big wall.
She also had this large tackle box which worked well on the re-finished/re-painted buffet. The color of it was an added bonus as the homeowner requested her favorite fall colors in the room. It’s a definite loden green in person thought it may appear differently here. My son-in-law made the custom floating shelves from 100-year old barn wood. They’re all a bit different and add so much character to the room. We considered doing six of them initially, but four worked out better. My favorite element in the entire room is the black and white canvases of the three children in the family. I had them done at Sam’s Club.
I knew I wanted something different for the table centerpiece and that it needed to be low. This vintage Coca-Cola crate was a good choice. I added old canning jars filled with baby’s breath. The golden yellow paint on the crate fit in with the other fall colors in the room.
This room has come a long way, and I’m thrilled with the transformation.