The Makings of a Farmhouse Style Dining Room: A Design Plan

I cannot wait to show y’all how we’re planning to bring some rustic charm to our little kitchen dining space with a farmhouse style dining room makeover!

I cannot wait to show y'all how we're planning to bring some rustic charm to our little kitchen dining space with a farmhouse style dining room makeover!

Good morning friends!

I’m so, so excited to be sharing our very last reno project of 2016 with y’all today!

I’ve been pretty tight lipped about it all actually. Not because I’m trying to play secret agent (though that’s been pretty fun!), but because I wanted to make sure we’d actually be able to pull this thing off. You see, between finishing up our family room, installing new windows and decorating for the holidays, we’ve definitely had A LOT on our plates. So, before making any big announcements about even more projects to come, I decided to wait until I knew we’d be able to deliver on them.

And so, with much of the work underway, I finally made things official with this sneak peek

Bring some farmhouse style to your dining space with this gorgeous Christmas curio cabinet...

And I’m sure you’ve guessed by now that we’ve decided to take on our dining space just in time for the holidays!

Oh boy, does it need a ton of work.

This is what things looked like when we moved in last January.

New Home Tour | making it in the mountains

Not great by any means. A bit dated, definitely lacking any personality or charm and oh my goodness, that chandelier!

But then, things got worse my friends…

Our pretty dining chairs, that I worked SO hard to makeover started to collapse, one-by-one. In the end, we were down to just four chairs, and, with three people in our little family, that meant we could really only invite one friend over at a time. Super convenient.

Our lack of dining chairs didn’t really matter THAT much though – why? Well, because our itsy bitsy little table didn’t really have room for much more than that anyway.

Needless to say, hosting more than our little family for dinner wasn’t happening any time soon.

Things continued to go downhill for this little dining space as I pulled out the furniture pieces I actually did like to put to work in other areas of our home.

That beautiful old buffet table became a vanity in our new farmhouse style bathroom.

How to Transform a Vintage Buffet into a DIY Bathroom Vanity |

A Farmhouse Style Bathroom |

And the pretty china cabinet brought some much needed storage in my new office space.

Farmhouse Style Office Storage |

Farmhouse Style Office Storage |

Which left me with what was likely the world’s emptiest, least functional dining space.

Just what everyone hopes for as the holidays approach.

So, even though we already had more than enough on our plates, I decided this dining space needed to change and of course, it needed to be before the Christmas.

And with that, I drafted plans for the fastest dining room makeover in history.

First order of business was ordering some new furniture for the space from our local Brick store. Nothing is going to change the look and functionality of the space as much as some new furniture and I’ve had my eye on a few pieces from the Hancock Park Line for ages now.

With it’s beautiful weathered wood top, distressed white base and those gorgeous side chairs, I know this will be the perfect table to gather around.


And I couldn’t resist ordering this beautiful cabinet to go with it. I’m so excited to finally have a way to display all of my pretty dishes and decor (see how I’ve decorated it for the holidays here)!


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. Because 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 think it will bring SO much character to our new dining space!

Now, I couldn’t possibly move all that furniture into our dining room without making a few changes to the actual space itself!

I’ve been dreaming of a board + batten wall in our dining space since coming across this brilliant tutorial from my sweet friend Lauren at Blesser’ House.


And of course, we’ll need to replace the rest of the trim with some farmhouse style as well.

DIY Farmhouse Style Trim |

There’s no doubt that that fancy brass chandelier needs to go! I’ve been dreaming of this gorgeous Pottery Barn Chandelier for years now, just waiting for the perfect space to hang it in!


Finally, the floors … we have big plans to replace this awful vinyl flooring with some beautiful hardwoods, 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 from Plush Rugs will do a wonderful job of covering most of that ugly vinyl and really warm the space up in the process.


Now, I know it sounds like A LOT to take on just a few short weeks before Christmas, but friends, not only do we plan to have this done in time to host Christmas dinner, we plan to have this entire space finished up with just one weekend’s work!

Which means, you can expect a full reveal of our new farmhouse style dining room in no time!

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!

Wishing you such a lovely day!

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18 thoughts on “The Makings of a Farmhouse Style Dining Room: A Design Plan

  1. Oh my goodness! I can hardly wait to see the room when you’re finished. I especially love that chandelier! Great choices!

  2. I love this look!! We are trying to paint our kitchen and redo things by Christmas too, lol. Is there any chance you would sell your old chandy?? Let me know. Again, in love with your new look and can’t wait to see it done!

    1. Thank you! That’s a big job to get done before Christmas – wishing you luck! I love seeing vintage pieces put to work and I’d happily give you the chandelier, but hubs cut the wiring pretty short and says it would be a tough job to make that work, plus I’m thinking it would likely cost a fortune to ship. Good luck with the kitchen painting!!!

  3. Oh my goodness! So exciting. It’s going to look fabulous. You’re totally crazy for taking it on… haha, but I can’t wait to see how it turns out. Just keep swimming girl!

  4. That built in cabinet is classic farmhouse from the south. My Great grandfathers house had one of those and it was a staple in the dining room! Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home! Happy New Year!

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