This post is sponsored by Cost Plus World Market and contains affiliate links. All opinions are my own.
This time of year always puts me in the mood to bake and cook! I think it’s part of that nesting feeling I get when the days get cooler and shorter. Since the plan is to share some of that food with loved ones, it’s time I hustle my bustle and get the dining room done. Earlier this year I turned our dining room into a sitting room and now need to transform the living room into a dining space. I thought I’d share my tips for a dining room makeover while I’m in planning mode. I’m also sharing some inspiration I found at Cost Plus World Market.
1. Choose a Theme
This first tip might seem obvious, but it’s super important. Choose a decorating theme for your dining room makeover and stick to it! Before making a purchase for the space, ask yourself if it fits the theme. My dining room theme is farmhouse decor – think Fixer Upper style.
2. Paint Walls and Install Flooring
Before you do anything else, it’s best to take care of the basics first. Paint or wallpaper walls and add any decorative elements like crown molding or a chair rail. If you need new flooring, now is the time to take care of that too – before bringing in new furniture.
3. Select Your Dining Table
The dining table is the focal point of your room, and this is the first selection you should make if you’re not using an existing table. If you’re going to splurge on an item, this is where you should invest your money. I went shopping online at Cost Plus World Market and found dining room furniture and more, like the Wood Theodora table that is so appealingly rustic. They’re having a Friends and Family sale with 30% off your purchase – details at the end of this post!
4. Choose Your Chairs
Once you’ve selected your table, it’s time to add the chairs. You might choose a dining set where the chairs match the table, but it’s perfectly acceptable to buy complementary chairs that aren’t from the same collection. Just refer back to tip number one to make sure the chairs fit your theme.
5. Select a Light Fixture
The dining room is the one room in the house where you can really make a statement with a light fixture, whether you choose a glamorous chandelier or an industrial pendant light, just make sure it fits your theme and table size.
5. Add Accent Furniture
Make sure your dining room accent furniture is conducive to eating and entertaining. Buffets with extra storage, console tables for holding food and serving pieces, bar carts, and similar are all great choices. My Cost Plus World Market store is located in St. Charles, IL – right down the street from where I work. I often go shopping there during my lunch break!
6. Select Decorative Elements
This is often the fun part of a dining room makeover. The hard work is done and now you can select your rug, art pieces for the wall, a centerpiece for the table, and maybe even new dinnerware and table linens. All those final touches where you can infuse your personality into the space.
To help with your decorating needs, Cost Plus World Market is offering a Friends and Family sale starting this Friday, October 6th through Monday, October 9th. Download the coupon here for 30% off your purchase and go shopping at your local store. Or shop online and receive free shipping on orders over $200.
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