As we creep toward our 2-year anniversary in our first home, I’ve been trying to pull together a snapshot of all the progress we’ve made. We have a long way to go, but we’ve made a lot of progress, which deserves a little happy dance.
The dining room is an important space for us. It’s the first room you come into when you enter our home.
When we looked at this house, this room was being used as a living room. I knew right away I wanted to switch it up. Even without our planned kitchen renovation, it makes more sense this way.
The girls eat all of their meals at this table, which I built. This was actually my first-ever furniture project, built from an Ana White plan. We love to host people, so the dining room gets a lot of use. In fact, I’m currently planning a larger, narrower table for this space so we can feed even more faces here.
That giant picture window is a dream. A lot of people shy away from this window – it’s a huge eye into our home – but I love it. I have nothing to hide and we love all our neighbors. In fact, we often have people waving at us while we’re eating supper. I removed the faux mini-framed window grid pretty quickly after moving in and we just recently got rid of the ugly vinyl blind (this house is full of them) and hung those curtains, which makes this window even more dreamy.
I am lucky to have access to a ton of great antique furniture. My paternal grandmother was a big collector and the dining room chairs were hers. I have plans to restore them, but even in their current condition they’re more beautiful than anything I could find in a store.
The dining room bench was another DIY. I grew up in the Southwest, so this upholstery is an ode to that. After 3 years, 1 cross-country move and 3 houses, I think he needs a little upholstery mending.
This Corner Cupboard is one of my favorite pieces of furniture. It’s a beast. It’s probably too big for this space. Actually it’s probably too big for the house, but I don’t care. This was another antique from my grandmother. It lived in my childhood home for years and I always told my mom that I wanted it one day. It’s a great home for our cookbooks and record collection – it’s basically Jeremiah’s inspiration station. The upper doors are always open.
We don’t have a garage and our house is built above the floodplain, 8 feet off the ground, so this is our main entry. There isn’t getting around the clutter and crazy that happens at this front door. This foyer table, another DIY helps to corral some of that crazy. Love that chile ristra, a gift from a friend, which is another ode to my Southwestern roots.
I just recently completed this drop-zone in the entryway, which is another helpful tool in entryway organization. The door used to be red, but we painted it a bright cobalt blue, which I fondly call my “painter’s tape” door.
I was gifted that antique high chair (the one in the background). Both my brother and I used it when we were little. But, since I was having twins, I needed another one. I’m not a fan of the modern plastic high chairs on the market and the few antiques I found weren’t sturdy and safe, so I made the one in the foreground out of an old stair tread. I never did a tutorial on it, but I’m secretly proud of it.
Dining Table – DIY | Upholstered Dining Bench – DIY | Dining Room Chairs – Antique | Tufted Chair – Antique | High Chairs – DIY & Antique | Waterfall Edge Bench – DIY | Entryway Rug – Ikea Signe Rug | Floating Shelves (Entry) – DIY | Burlap Baskets – DIY | Wood Box – Antique | Braided Jute Basket – Marshalls (similar) | Foyer Table – DIY | Chalkboard Art – DIY | Lamp on Foyer Table – Ikea Ranarp Work Lamp | Key Tray/Catch-All – Ikea (similar) | Wire Basket – World Market | Front Door Paint Color – Peek-a-Boo Blue from Valspar | Wall Paint Color – Valspar Signature Sapphire Glow | Coat Rail – DIY | Coat Rail Hardware – Lowes (similar) | Floating Shelves (Dining Room) – DIY | Break Front/Sideboard – Upcycled | Break Front/Sideboard Hardware – Owl Knobs from World Market | Break-front/Sideboard Paint Color – Behr Lemon Tart | Rug – Pottery Barn – (similar) | Corner Cupboard – Antique | Record Player – Crosley from Amazon | Red Ceramic Owl – Marshalls | Curtains – West Elm (similar) | Curtain Rod – DIY | Antique Brass Curtain Clips – West Elm | Tiered Hanging Herb Planter – DIY | Macrame Hanging Planter – DIY | Punched Metal Star – World Market | Copper Barware – Old Dutch International from Amazon | Ceramic Owl Cookie Jar – World Market | White Wire Basket – Ikea Ristatorp Basket