For some, the kitchen is the main hub of the house, where all gather and good memories are made. Some tend to gravitate to the cozy living room. In our house, it’s the dining room that is the main attraction. My favorite room of the house by far, this room has it all: hardwood floors, a fireplace, and huge lovely windows. So, come on in. Warm yourself by the fire and enjoy a cup of hot coffee on this cold winter day.
The first feature you see as you walk toward the wide doorway are these french doors. They have all the charm of a 1950’s farmhouse because that’s what they are. This house was build during that era, and these were the original owner’s choice. I love them.
But, let us not tarry in the door way. The back wall of this room is where the grand king of the house resides.
The stone on the fire place was re-done by the man who lived here before the last owners. He was a mason by trade and obviously took great pride in his craft.
As I write this I am enjoying a rare quiet moment with a hot cup of coffee, snuggled up to the blazing, crackling fire. Could God have lavished more rich blessings on me than this? I think not.
If the fire place is the King of the room, then the table and chairs are the Queen and her subjects. You may recall the orange mess they were previously.
The table top was re-finished with faux planks and a white washed look; a much prettier finish if you ask me. The tutorial for that process can be seen here.
Her legs were painted white along with the chairs to match. I am probably a fool for putting this much white in such a well used area with a toddling baby running around, but I figure I can always touch it up as we are never without a supply of white paint in the house.
I’ve had an extensive inner debate about these chairs. I love them, but I can’t decide if I want them distressed, or perhaps decorated with grain sack stripes? As they are they seem so elegant and pretty, where as with those touches they would become more charming and rustic. I need opinions.
But, what is a true Queen without her jewels? I did some shopping in our home to find anything that was light or white to match the room. I love the things I was able to find. The lantern was a wedding gift. The milk bottle; a steal at Hobby Lobby for $3. The rest were from the Dollar Tree and garage sales.
And, who might that be peeking out from the corner?
Could it be the beautiful Princess of this fairy tale? A few months ago I took on one of the most tedious and laborious projects yet: re-upholstering this beauty. She wasn’t in terrible shape before, but her finishes were outdated. I am so in love with the way this chair turned out. The full tutorial and before and after pictures can be found by clicking this link.
Stepping back you can see how much light spills into the room. I hate dark spaces. If I could live in a house of glass, I would, however seeing as that would be terribly difficult to clean and awful with a young child, I will be content to enjoy the light in this room
On the outside of those windows I’ve hung bird feeders to attract beautiful cardinals, blue jays, and other small birds. They are so fun to watch as they flit about.
On the coldest of days and when the fire is lit, we like to close the french doors to allow the room to get nice and toasty.
Well, friend, I am so glad you stopped by to see our light and bright dining room. It’s been such a pleasure giving you this tour and I hope you will stick around to see some of the other rooms in our house. You are always welcome to warm yourself here and maybe find some inspiration along the way.