Welcome to my very colorful dining room, anchored with a whole lot of black and a splash of champagne on the side.
I just love Linda’s One Room Challenge because it actually forces me to finish a space. I mean seriously, we are living with our still unfinished kitchen, our living room window seat and built-ins half-done, and lots of other major unfinished projects around here. But in the middle of all that mess (literally) at least we have a very happy dining room.
Our dining room floats between our kitchen and living room, with no walls in between. That came about over a year ago when we tore down lots of walls. After that, we laid new hardwood floors and painted the walls a bright white. And that’s where we stopped. Then I got all over this One Room Challenge and went to work by making a plan (sort of), building a buffet with leather pulls, hanging a gallery wall, rolling out a kilim rug, and picking chairs and painting my French doors black. Man I love those black doors.
This week I finished up our seating situation by digging into our basement, grabbing a couple of old benches we had lying around, and painting them black (I had already painted one black then proceeded to splatter it with white ceiling paint, thus requiring another coat of black). I really like how the benches keep the seating a little simpler for this enormous table – I always thought it looked so busy before with all the old chairs. Now I really like how the benches kind of fade away so the chairs are interesting but not overwhelming.
And I am loving how the black table and benches contrast with the natural wood and white leather chairs. All of it makes a great base for when I eventually get super bored with my colorful gallery wall and want to switch that up.
Extra bonus, these chairs are low enough that they don’t distract when looking across our open house, between the kitchen and living room.
I finished up the area around our newly painted black French doors (I cannot quit the black paint!) by adding some quirk with a bell brought home as a gift from India and a painting that I am pretending is me reading on a beach on a permanent basis. A girl can dream.
I can’t decide if this area looks too boring in contrast to the gallery wall, but I figure I can always add to it later. In the meantime it is a nice simple look next to our black French doors.
In putting the room together we also made the decision to ditch our rug underneath our dining room table. We are nothing if not rug rebels. The rug just wasn’t jiving with everything else in the space and I didn’t like it competing with the colorful kilim. Plus, I totally dig the look of bare floors under a dining table. The only drawback is that when installing our floors, we purposely put some of our not-so-favorite pieces of wood in the middle of the dining room thinking they would always be covered by a rug. Apparently our rug rebel status is a newfound thing.
When I started this space, I had no official plan or mood board or anything so organized as that. I just wanted the space to be done and to like it. Even without a plan, I really like where our dining room ended up. Maybe I should quit planning more often? No, of course not, that would ratchet up my spontaneous factor far too much so that I would no longer recognize my list-loving-control-maniac self. Speaking of lists, here are the sources:
- Wall paint – Sherwin Williams Extra White
- Black door paint- Rustoleum Black Paint
- Wood floors – Build Direct
- Chandelier – West Elm (sold out but check ebay)
- Dining table – Pottery Barn 10 years ago, similar here
- Dining chairs – Safavieh (from Overstock, but sold out)
- Sheepskins – Amazon
- Buffet – DIY here and leather and brass pulls here
- Gallery wall art (most of it) – Minted
- Gallery wall frames – Aaron Brothers
- Lady Reading art – Etsy
- Lady Reading art frame – Target
- Kilim rug – Ebay
- Lamps – West Elm
- Blue and white squiggle vase – Three Birds
- Bell – a hidden market somewhere abroad
- Big floor planter – Ikea, discontinued
- White square vase – florist, then spray painted glossy white
- Small concrete planter – Target, no longer available online
- Champagne glasses – Three Birds
- White tray – Three Birds
- White bowls – Three Birds
- White plates – Crate and Barrel
- Cupcakes – Cupcake Royale (because I don’t want anyone fooled into thinking I actually baked those adorable and delicious cupcakes)
Finally, a sincere thanks to everyone who has been so engaged and supportive throughout this whole challenge and those who have been following along on Instagram, my social media of choice (fine, Pinterest is a close second). I really have loved watching everyone else’s rooms, both designers and participants, and appreciate more than words can say that you have come to check out my space too. Let’s keep being friends. 🙂
P.S. You can check out my last year’s One Room Challenge here. Can’t wait to do it again this fall! In the meantime, I’m hoping to keep the motivation alive to get the rest of this main floor party ready – summer’s almost here and that means time for all play and no work.
Linked: Thrifty Décor Chick.