It's finally time.
GAH! We're so excited!
We've teased you for a couple of weeks with little hints of a big project.
But now we're going to show you the whole thing!
Our Modern Country Dining Room
Aside from the floors and baseboards (pretty please ignore the parquet floors – the new floors are currently in progress), the dining room is done like dinner!
The biggest thrill out of this whole project is that we have a dining room table again.
Did you read that?
WE HAVE A DINING ROOM TABLE AGAIN!!!
As we've mentioned several times, we sold our old dining room table, chairs, banquette and hutch with our old house last winter. Which means we've been doing homeschool, projects and eating on a folding table for 7 months! Ugh.
But no more!
A couple of months ago The Home Depot (one of our ALWAYS FABULOUS partners) challenged us to come up with a summer DIY project. They actually challenged four bloggers to each come up with a project – more about that at then end of the post. They gave us zero direction or requirements – just come up with something great for about $500.
Dean and I were already talking about building our table sometime before Thanksgiving (it's our turn to host again – yay for fall decorating!) and the dining room needed a few other touches as well, so it seemed like the perfect project to tackle.
Dean spent a couple of weeks (between sports and other projects) building the table, then I spent a few hours over the span of a few days staining and painting it. The perfect pair, we are!
We hung some new faux wood blinds to give us a little privacy from our neighbors. We love 'em (our neighbors), but some privacy is good too! And of course we finished up our no sew drop cloth curtains with some hem tape and a much more substantial curtain rod than was previously in the room.
Our chalkboard wall has been around for awhile, but is still very much loved and in use. It got a little fancying up for this reveal with some scrap fabric pennant banners. I really love how the dark chalkboard paint grounds the space a bit too.
We adore our white Eames Eiffel knockoff chairs, but wanted to add a little bit of texture in the form of extra seating in the dining room. We picked up two outdoor rattan looking armchairs – we actually split a box of six with a friend and a lady our friend met at the store who also only wanted two – hilarious story for another day! Originally we were going to place them at the head's of the table, but they didn't look quite right. While we were trying to figure out a solution we shoved them into the corners to get them out of the way. Oddly enough it was the perfect place for them. We grabbed our favorite number pillows which added a bit of an industrial touch to the space.
We'll be back next week with how we built the table, our secret for getting that Restoration Hardware/pickled/whitewashed wood finish on the table and a complete source list for the room as well (hint – lots of it came from The Home Depot or was DIY'd!).
UPDATED TO ADD:
- For how we built the table see Ana White Farmhouse Table
- For how we finished the table see White Wash Pickling | Get the Restoration Hardware Look for Less
- For our entire see Modern Country Dining Room Source List
In the meantime, did we surprise you with anything – or are we totally predictable with our style? What do you think of the finish on the table? Do you think the Eiffel style chairs make the modern country look a bit more fun?
The Home Depot sponsored our dining room project by challenging us (and three other talented bloggers – see below) to create a summer DIY project. They didn't tell us what to make or what to buy. Of course that let us be as creative as our little ol' hearts desired! THANK YOU Home Depot!
Check out what each of the other #summerDIYchallenge bloggers came up with: