So if you guessed correctly, yes, I’ll be sharing my dining room and dining table inspiration with you that ultimately led to a table makeover on our existing dining table.
First, let me share my design inspiration and Polyvore board I created for our new dining room –
I wanted a round dining table, tufted chairs (couldn’t decide on cream or charcoal), and open industrial like shelving to display a collection of white dishes. The curtains I had already purchased a few months ago (they were on sale) and are also the same curtains for the living room. With the large great room I wanted to keep the same color scheme and design style, so that the rooms would appear even larger and not look broken up. The same color gray for the walls will also be used throughout the house. In this design board, the dusk paint swatch is from Jeff Lewis Paint.
The tufted chairs are from Target. I also bought the chairs on sale, and ultimately went with the charcoal color instead of the cream. Our couch is already a shade of tan, and I wanted to bring in more gray. I have also bought matching counter stools, but I will share that process (it was grueling for me) in another post.
After my design board was completed I showed Joe and he was on board. Phew! I knew I would obviously need to purchase most of what was on my board. The dining table is from Restoration Hardware and is to die for, but I just couldn’t spend that kind of money. However, when I began to look at some other dining table options they were all very similar to the one we already had! And then a lightbulb appeared above my head – why pay for a new dining table when I can just use our existing table? Granted it is not the color I want it to be, but I can change that!
Joe has had this dining set for years, I mean years – like probably ten. However, it is solid wood and in great condition. It seats four or five people and has always worked for us in our apartment. I love round tables for conversation purposes and the ease they can bring to a dining room. So I was willing to keep the table, and refinish it, but I did not want to keep the chairs. Unfortunately, I do not have a before picture of the table and chairs together.
The industrial shelving on my design board is also from Target and is actually 2 tall bookcases that I want to place together to create the look of a “bakers rack”. I’ve had my eye on these shelves for a quite awhile, but yet everytime I had the money to purchase them they were always out of stock! Also, Target only sold them online and every once in awhile they would go on sale (of course I would be broke that week) and then they would be out of stock again! So, I started looking around on Pinterest for other options. I found this beauty from Ballard Designs –
I loved it, and I still do. It has a price tag though, at $499. Honestly, for it’s size of four feet wide and over six feet tall, the price is worth every penny. But, the two Target shelves together only cost $300, plus with my Redcard I wouldn’t have to pay any shipping. And if I got lucky enough, they would go on sale again.
Well, fast forward 2 months later. We are already moved in and I ultimately bought the Target shelves. I paid full price, #bummer. But, one day they were in stock and we had the money, so I couldn’t risk waiting for them to go on sale again. And interestingly enough, ever since I purchased them I have been looking online to see if they have went on sale, (if they do in a short amount of time, per Target policy, I can get some money back) but they are out of stock! Again!