Hi there! This is Day #15 of my “31 Days To An Organized Home” challenge. If you missed it, you can catch up with Day #1 here!
Halfway through October?? That’s just crazy talk.
What a challenging and inspirational month it has been! And, after coming off of our successful “Bedroom Makeover” weekend yesterday, it’s a little hard to concentrate on anything. I just want to sit in there undisturbed and read (ok, and maybe have someone feed me grapes… is that so wrong?).
But, it was time to attack the dining room makeover.
Now this isn’t some massive overhaul (sorry, we won’t be buying all new dining furniture this month!) but that space sure needed some help and organization. Since our dining area is the first stop inside the front door, it has officially become the “first stop to drop” everything. Backpacks, homework, mail, shoes… you name it! And, of course, the next most common “drop off station” is my workspace in the kitchen so if you missed THAT post it’s here.
So our “formal” dining space was a little crowded right now. And messy. Apparently all of my “Before” pictures are trending this way so I didn’t want to disappoint.
Here is the “Before” picture, tool box and all:
It’s pretty much right inside the front door by about 10 feet on the left. I do love our antique table and our China cabinet (especially with The Husband’s yellow level leaning against it. Classy.):
And my Father-In-Law pulled this gorgeous piece out of his New England attic (it belonged to my Husband’s Great Grandparents – wow!!) and he had it restored and shipped to us about 6 years ago:
Why are there always things piled on top of things?? Needless to say it’s crowded and the leaves are not even in the table in either picture.
So… a little rearranging here and a shimmy there and … here’s where we landed:
As you can see, we turned the table (ha) and I did NOT think this would work. I thought it would be too crowded in the entry way into this house. Another angle and you can see that is clearly NOT the case – it actually does work (and…hello, Kitty..):
And a view from the kitchen:
As for the awesome antique loveseat / bench – we moved it out for now. It may actually fit on the left so we don’t have to store it in the garage, but we just don’t want it to be so cramped anymore.
On to the arch – I still haven’t decided what color to paint it. I want it to pop and I think it will somehow tie into the fabric I choose to recover the dining chairs. I had last re-covered those in 2001 and want something more vibrant and fun now. Speaking of fun… rather than just hanging a random piece of art or pictures, I found these whimsical little pieces at Target. I then surrounded them by colorful, inexpensive plates.
We actually have one more fun plate to go towards the bottom but I am waiting on them to restock the plate hangers I like (and it looks like I need to re-stock that wine rack too!!) 😉 but these just lighten up the whole area and offset the darker antique pieces quite nicely
So the only costs to makeover this area was for the wall “art” coming in at only $62 total with the plate hangers. Sometimes a space just takes some easy re-arranging to make all the difference.
Thanks for stopping by! I’d love to hear about any room makeovers you have done too!