With just a few simple changes, see how we completely transformed our dated dining space to create a beautiful farmhouse style dining room in just one weekend!
It’s only been finished up for a month or so now, but we’ve been putting our new farmhouse style dining space to good use already – 2 long years without a place to entertain will do that to you I suppose.
Last month when I revealed the space, I mentioned how excited I was to be hosting our first Christmas dinner right here…
And it couldn’t have been more perfect.
Not only did everyone fit around our beautiful new table, but there was plenty of room left over for a delicious holiday spread. Not to mention the fact that those wonderfully sturdy chairs weren’t buckling every time we moved an inch!
Because we were finishing things up so close to Christmas, the actual transformation itself and the work it took to get us there got a bit lost in the shuffle, but friends, I’m excited to finally be sharing all the details about how we completely transformed this space in just one short weekend!
To really appreciate just how far we’ve come, y’all will definitely need to take a quick peek at what we were up against…
Believe it or not, the space in the picture above was actually better than what we were dealing with – since snapping this photo for our house tour, I’d actually moved the buffet table to our new bathroom space and that old china cabinet has been providing some much needed storage space in my office.
Which means, we were left with a table and four chairs (oh, did I forget to mention that two of them broke as we sat down on them?!).
Not exactly a great space to entertain.
The chandelier was pretty horrible, that linoleum equally as awful.
Basically, it was a total eyesore that was as dysfunctional as it was ugly.
Thing is, we’ve got some pretty grand plans for this main floor that we hope to see come to fruition in the next year or so. Included in this of course, would be this ugly dining space right next to our kitchen. So, in order to make any transformation to this space worth while, we wanted to ensure that any changes we made right now, were ones that could be incorporated into the space throughout any future renovations as well.
And so, I started drafting up some plans for the space (you can read more about those here)…
Hubs and I weren’t really keen on wasting time with things that would only be temporary, which is why we’d waited so long to do anything with this space. With some thoughtful planning, I realized a few simple changes could really make a big impact, and even better, they could follow us through our future plans for the space as well.
Considering the dire state of our table and chairs, I’m sure it’s no surprise that the very first thing we did was order up some new furniture for the space.
Nothing is going to change the look and functionality of a space as much as some new furniture.
With it’s beautiful weathered wood top, distressed white base and those gorgeous side chairs, I knew this would be the perfect table for my farmhouse style dining space.
And then, for a bit of extra storage, I decided to go with this beautiful cabinet from that same set as well.
Finally, instead of going straight for the traditional buffet and hutch, I went for something a little unexpected instead…
Though I absolutely adore the beautiful buffet and hutch that is a part of this Hancock Park line (in fact I actually put it to work in my office space!), I decided to go another way with things. Knowing I had something in mind for the wall it would sit against (and I didn’t want to cover too much of it), I ordered this pretty Hancock Park dresser. I really think it brings SO much character to our new dining space!
And so, with our beautiful furniture on it’s way, we got to work on creating a lovely farmhouse dining space to move it all into.
I’d been dreaming of adding a board and batten wall to our dining room for ages now, and friends, I couldn’t believe how simple it was to DIY (pop on over here to see the full tutorial)! With just one day’s work (well, two if you count all the painting), we brought loads of charm and character to our new dining space!
Of course, while we were at it, we changed out the trim around the window to reflect our farmhouse style as well (find that tutorial here).
Our last step before moving all of the new furniture and accessories into the space was to change out that old, dated light fixture for this beauty…
I’d been dreaming of this gorgeous chandelier for years now and somehow it’s even better than I’d imagined!
We have big plans to replace this awful vinyl flooring with some beautiful hardwoods soon, but until we’re ready to renovate the rest of our main floor, we’re stuck with what we’ve got. Luckily, I think this beautiful braided rug has done a wonderful job of covering most of that ugly vinyl.
With our new rug in place, it was finally time to move all of our new furniture and accessories into the space…
I still can’t believe what a difference we were able to make in this space with just one weekend’s worth of work!
Though this was probably our fastest makeover yet, I think it just might be my very favourite, if only because this new space will truly change the way we actually live in our home, giving us a beautiful and functional space to share with our family and friends!
HUGE thanks to our friends at The Brick for sponsoring this makeover and making it so darn easy to recommend their beautiful furniture! And another big thank you to the folks at Plush Rugs for providing us with a gorgeous rug to put to work in our new farmhouse style dining room!
Find links to all of the products we used to create this space below:
Braiden Rug from Plush Rugs
Decor & Accessories
And see how you can make your own rustic wood planter box from this space here…
Wishing you such a lovely day!