Despite being nine months pregnant, our dining room design is what is at the front of my mind right now. Constantly. I am channeling all of my stress and nerves about when the baby is coming or what we still need into dining room design. This is not a joke. And, yes, I probably am crazy.
Of the five places Josh and I have lived together, our dining space has been a bit of a hot mess. Our first apartment had none at all. We had a great dining space in our second apartment, but terrible storage and furniture. When we bought our first home, we used the dining room as a play room until we staged it to sell. In our last house, the main door opened right into the open concept dining and kitchen space. However, it was a very narrow space with baseboards, a stairway and a window seat, all of which took away from space.
Our new house has a true dining room (like our first house) that we can use as a dining room. Meaning, we have other space to use for a playroom finally! 🙌🏻 It’s so crazy to think that in eight years of marriage, we have never had a true dining room.
What We Have
We currently have a mish-mash of pieces to use in the space. Here is what we have: a vintage china cabinet, a dining table, chairs and a light. I repainted my grandparents’ china cabinet a few years ago to a distressed white. The matching table is refinished in a dark brown color. Luckily, we already have the chairs pictured above and the light fixture, waiting to be hung.
Confession: I cannot stand our current dining room table. It’s too low and our chairs don’t fit into it well. The legs are at very awkward positions, so it’s difficult to sit at and uncomfortable. The table above is what I want to get for the space. I have researched tables to no end, and this is my top choice.
What We Need
A rug is a necessity to me, which may be weird to some. My mom has always had rugs under dining tables so it feels natural to me, but I don’t want to splurge on something too nice because kids and pets and food. I’m desperate for some greenery in there, but we don’t have enough light in the room for anything real, so good old faux it is.
Paint – Edgecomb Gray by Benjamin Moore
Light Fixture (on sale!)
Send me any great suggestions you have for this space please! I’m off to style and rearrange our china cabinet for the 59th-ish time! 😉