In the past we used our dining room a lot and then something happened that I couldn’t explain. My family started eating in the kitchen. Maybe my 1 and 3 year old couldn’t wait for dinner to be ready or maybe we were on Facetime with my parents and didn’t want to move. What ever it was it was quite funny since, at the time, we had no table and chairs in the kitchen. We were eating on the floor! Go figure.
I fell in love with this room when we first saw the house. I have big plans on opening up the kitchen when we save up the money to tackle that beast. I’ll have to share another dining room makeover when we finish that one. I wanted to put in a bench seat along the half wall that came around the corner for a cute nook. Now that we’ve used this space I don’t think it’s such a good idea. See the ledge? Things go there to die. We put things on there all the time and then they get bumped and fall down the stairs on the other side of the wall. I would hate for a kid to have the same fate so the bench is no longer in the plans.
I did paint those dark spindles and the room immediately brightened. With so much light coming from that window in the morning and the living room window in the afternoon, this room is always well lit.
The yellow walls went up first but I’m so in love with the neutral wall color behind the hutch that I might finish off the room with it. Both the hutch and the table are painted with Behr’s Vintage Coral. The hutch has a stain over it making it a little darker. Did you see the new baseboards? We have them throughout the dining room, living room and down the hallway. We have them cut for the kitchen but we need to take some height off of them to get them to match the rest of the house.
My table top is stained with a color called Kona and sadly they don’t make it anymore. But with it being so dark I like to put centerpieces on it that are bright. This table runner breaks up the dark table top. Then I took a black candle holder and painted yellow with some left over chalky finish paint.
This coral hutch used to be in the the kitchen storing snacks. Moving it to the dining room gave it a place to be featured and to stand out. I love it here. Plus I wanted to use the wall in the kitchen for something else.
I love being able to display my plates and other glass wear. I have a few things from my grandma in here and a few things that I’ve collected.
Now that my family uses the kitchen table we rarely use the dining room. Now I set up my painting projects in here and I don’t worry about getting it cleaned up since we eat in the kitchen.