So I’ve dropped a few hints that we were changing things up in the dining room, and I am so excited to share it with you today! Let me rewind just a little. For over a year now, I have wanted to make this change. I was tempted with it years ago, but we ended up putting up a chair rail in our dining room instead with picture frame moldings to follow. Well we never got to the picture frame moldings, so I felt like I was never really 100% invested in the chair rail. It was nice and it gave the space some character, but it just never felt complete for me. Then this one tiny little wall started to stick out to me. And then it started to drive me nuts, which brings me to about last year, when I finally just made it up in my mind that we were going to do this, a switch needed to take place. What little tiny wall was it, you ask, that prompted this whole mini-makeover?
This wall, with the 3 plates on it, in between the chalkboard door and our hearth. What started to bother me, was where the mantle hits the wall, and the chair rail below it, and it felt disconnected. Now I just had to convince the hubby to tackle the project with me. And let me explain why! It’s not because I don’t know how to use a nail gun or tools or anything like that, because I do. But in our 170 year old house we have sloping ceilings. Maybe you’ve noticed in pictures before, maybe you haven’t. But the entire house slopes to the middle of it, over years of settling. Not badly, but it’s an old house, and we call that character. So making sure things are nice and level and straight is not really something I wish to spend time one. I couldn’t be bothered with it, or slowed down by it for that matter. I’m an eye-baller, a “ya that will do” kind of person. It drives my husband batty. So on the big things, I let him handle it, because well hey it’s better for my marriage. We already put board and batten in our bedroom, and in the tiny hallway at the bottom of the stairs. I love this treatment, I seriously think it’s my favorite, so naturally it’s what I wanted in here too.
When I was building my curated collection with Painted Fox, it was probably the very first item I looked for. It’s been a favorite for a long time, and I’m so glad this one found a home in our dining room!I haven’t added a whole lot of decor back into the space. I filled the antique tool caddy by stacking an old window and reclaimed wood frame. I kept the vignette to being contained by the tool caddy for a simpler feel. I’ve actually been craving some simpler spaces for awhile, and was waiting to implement a “quieter” look after the holidays. I’m still waiting to let the space speak to me, and don’t want to rush into any decor decisions until I know for sure.
To keep things simple, but add a fresh pop of green, I filled my dough bowl with fresh eucalyptus.Even as it begins to dry, it still holds nicely, so I’m able to use far past the expiration date fresh flowers give me.
One more Before & After, because it’s always fun to look back and see the change again! Before :
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