After changing my dining room to a sitting room, projects around the house came to a sudden stand still. I caught a wicked viral infection that took forever to go away. The bug took its toll on me both physically and mentally and I’m finally feeling back to my old self. A couple weekends ago we installed a new shelf as the first step in my dining room redo.
The shelf is an $8 piece of wood from Lowe’s that I painted white. I used a semi-gloss finish so it’s easier to wipe down when it gets dusty. Unfortunately the store didn’t have any scroll-work brackets so we had to go with a plain option. I will, however, be keeping my eyes open at vintage stores or the flea market for fancier brackets.
The dining table is up against the wall (when not in use) in what used to be the living room. When we have company, we’ll pull the table out into the middle of the room.
This room is in the center of the house and has a ridiculous traffic pattern. Here’s what the room looked like a few years ago when we used it as a cozy living room. You have to walk through this room to go upstairs, to go into the family room at left but not seen, or head into the laundry room which is the door at right.
A couple years later we replaced the too short barnwood shelf with a vintage mantel and added a cute pink chair to create a cozy reading nook. Once I decided to move the mantel into the new sitting room, I gave the pink chair to my daughter.
Next week I’m joining a group of bloggers to share summer table settings. I’ll pull the table away from the wall for the occasion. It’ll give you an idea of the awkwardness of the room’s layout. But I think the dining room redo is going to be perfect for the way we’ll use it in the future.
For now I’m adorning the farmhouse shelf with simple greens.
Plants are good for purifying the air in your home. I have a “Plants n ‘At” Pinterest board devoted to all things green.
I’m so proud of myself for spending less than $15 on a new DIY shelf for my dining room redo. I said I wasn’t going to spend a lot of money for this room. I’m saving that for a new farmhouse table and side chairs.
Still left to do is paint the room and floor. But first I have to paint the hall and stairway walls and floors. It’s always something, right?