Our dining room is basically the centre of our home – when we don’t have family gathered around the table for a home cooked meal, we have friends dancing the night away in there! Every room in our house was just plain cream as it was a rental, and the wooden floor had been badly varnished. After reading a couple of other blogs I felt inspired to transform it into a space we could use for entertaining with a modern country feel to it.
While out shopping with Kieran, he spotted this beautiful lamp which gave me a base to go from. I decided to do the walls in a grey (which took us for ever to find – who knew there were so many shades?) to tie in with the shade. We used Valspar “Rocky Mountain Mist” and in the future, we will be painting the skirting board and door in white to make the grey really pop.
I loved that wall clock as soon as I saw it and thought its industrial look went brilliantly with the bicycle lamp. It was a bargain as well, which makes me love it more, only £7.99 from my local Home Bargains store! I’ve been finding little ways to bring the autumn into our home, as you can see in my last post. The autumnal garland hanging on the door was from TK Maxx and was probably the priciest thing in the room but I know I’ll be storing it in a box come autumn and it will last for years!
Another feature in the room was a bit of a DIY job. I had a flowery cream jug for years but the sun had faded it so I gave it a new lease of life with a little spray job. I can’t remember the name of the paint I used as it was given to me for free, but I know you can buy similar spray paints, that cover nearly every type of surface, in places like B&Q or Hobby Craft. I think it turned out quite pretty.
The final piece, for now, is this beautiful sideboard. It was the first piece of furniture we bought together when we first moved out, and for years it was used as a TV stand, which kind of hid its beauty. It was also from TK Maxx and if I remember rightly it was about £200, but it is a great solid piece and a bit of a one off which is why I love shopping there. We added the baskets to give us a little more storage in addition to the drawers, for things like napkins and table clothes. They were from Dunelm and about £5 each.
We still have lots of things to do in the room so make sure you keep an eye out to see the finished room! Also, if you liked anything from my dining room, here are a few things for you to get the look yourself!