Category Archives: Dining Room

Dining Room Update

Our dining room was pretty much the first room in our house completed so it will always have a special place in my heart. Cheesy, I know, but it’s true. It pretty much determined how the rest of the house would come together so you could say it had a pretty big role in my design choices as well. It’s the room I decided I liked the color green, crystal chandeliers, and hydrangea flowers. I thought out each decision and probably bought and returned a dozen items. Here is the space I was working with…Basically a standard builders box with beige walls and an ornate chandelier.

And here is the progress we’ve made. It’s not taken from the exact same angle but you can kind of use the kitchen  to compare. In case you don’t know, Trav accidentally deleted all our before pictures so I’m having to pull these off MLS.

Source List:

Table: World Market

Chairs: World Market the slipcovers are no longer available

Place Settings and Vase: World Market and are also no longer available

Flowers: Pier One

Chandelier: Lamps Plus I got it a hundred dollars cheaper a year and a half ago!

Pillows: Etsy Find

Blinds: JC Penny

Curtains: Ikea

Stools: Overstock

That about sums it up!



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Ikea Buffet Makeover

The hubby and I searched high and low for a white buffet for our living/dining area for what seemed like forever. And when we finally found what we were looking for it was over 2,000 bones, pffft. So what did we do? Repainted an Ikea version. Why didn’t we think of this sooner?! While I’loved the Stornas Buffet’s dark color, I wanted to add some more white into the mix to play off our kitchen cabinets. Plus our dining table is dark and I like to keep things fresh with different wood tones throughout. I wish I could tell you what I did to paint it but it was actually the hubby who completed the job. He briefly worked for a cabinet guy back in the day and is pretty good with a paint sprayer. We also switched out the handles to give it a more custom look.

Here is a rough step-by-step of what he did. Since my steps are lacking some much needed detail for you DIYers out there I found this post from Jenna Sue to fill in the blanks. Looks like she had the same idea!

1. Sanded it down

2. Sprayed on a primer

3. Sanded it down again

4. Sprayed on white paint color and sanded in between to get an even coat of white gorgeousness.

5. Once it was dry he painted on a Polyurethane

Viola! a brand new take on the Ikea Buffet.

So here was the original color: (again this is the Ikea Stornas Buffet)

And here is how it turned out. I love, love, love the open shelves which I added Target baskets to. It really pops against the white. I’m still not set on the styling on top and plan on doing maybe a gallery wall in the future. For some reason the thought of creating a gallery wall completely terrifies me. Weird I know, but hopefully one day I will conquer my fears… 😉

Everything aside from the baskets are from Home Goods or TJ Maxx (my go-to stores if you haven’t noticed). The pillows are Ikea and the handles are Home Depot. So that about sums up our Ikea re-do, hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!


Filed under Before and After, Dining Room, Living Room