Dining {IN}

Here’s the beginning of the long ago promised home tour! You’ve already seen our Master Bedroom and Mars’ Nursery. This is our home, not a house. This is real. We live here. I didn’t stage any of this . . . I did clean up a bit though! Everything was done on a budget & with hand-me-down furniture. The dining table is a solid oak, it was the table that I grew up with! I convinced my mom to trade me dining room tables last year (we had an 8 person pub height table) so I could refinish it. I dry brushed the top of the table with a glaze and latex paint mixture, inspired by Kristen F Davis Designs, then painted the base with white latex paint. The chairs were painted with two different colors of chalk paint, which I also dry brushed because I wanted the wood grain to be visible, then waxed with a dark wax. The wood floors, white paneling & lighting fixtures were in the house when we moved in. I liked them well enough, so we’ve left them!


The gold canvases and white leather bench we TJ Maxx finds! The monogram antler wall hanging was a gift, it came unfinished and a spray painted it with a glossy white paint. As far as the rest of the wall art, two of them were free printables from Pinterest, the Charlie McCarthy Paper Doll has been passed down through my husband’s family since the 40’s. I obtained it and framed it! Framing is expensive, so I’ll let you in on my little secret . . . I found this hideous print in this amazing barn wood looking frame at Kirkland’s on clearance for $19. I promptly ripped out the print that came with it, then I backed the board that came with the frame with burlap and attached the paper doll to it. Custom frame job for $20! The printed wood that completes the small gallery wall is from Knollwood Lane’s Etsy Shop, designed by yours truly!

Chairs-and-CurtainsThe burlap chevron curtains are from Hobby Lobby, wait for them to be 50% off and they only cost $17 a panel, BARGAIN! I made the curtain tie backs from rope and twine, then used a ceiling hook on the wall to hold the twine loop. The enamelware chargers and tray are Park Hill! The napkins are from left-over stock at Knollwood Lane. The collection of milk glass vases have all be thrifted from local Goodwiil stores. The hand-stamped leather CHEERS coasters are from Nora Klotz’s Esty Shop across the pond.


TablescapeI haven’t quite finished the coffee bar area, which you can see to the right of the first photo. We’re trying to decide between tile, stone or bead board as a backsplash. Then, we’ll be painting the cabinet & getting a new countertop. I’d also like to replace the rug with an over-dyed rug, you know, just sometime when we have $500-$1000 to throw down 😉


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