Dining Room Inspiration

July 27, 2016

My husband and I were blessed to receive a ton of hand-me-down furniture when we were married last year, most of which needed a lot of love and some fresh paint or fabric.  Scroll through some of my inspiration for our dining room update! All ideas are apartment-friendly.


Photo 1: I loved the combination of a green teal with the indigo & white (especially since our master is indigo & white).  And – what a steal – the dishes are currently on sale at Wal-Mart! (link –> http://www.walmart.com/ip/Better-Homes-and-Gardens-Teal-Medallion-12-Piece-Dinnerware-Set-Teal/50850987)

Photo 2:  The open shelves and the subtle shades of grey on white.  The open shelves keep the kitchen area feeling very casual and visitor friendly, I think.  I also mimicked the open shelves in our tiny kitchen by papering the back cabinets and removing the doors.  Since we’re in an apartment, our dining room shelves function more as book shelves than for storing dishes.

Photo 3: The stained wood with the intricate blue and gold designs caught my eye.  My lovely dining room set was my parents’ (and is probably even older than they are) that they purchased at an estate sale when they were first married.  Seeing how the aged wood worked with modern Gatsby-esque patterns on these stairs kept us from wanting to purchase new furniture and instead update the pieces we had.  I recovered the chairs myself with fabric found at Jo-Ann’s and approved by my husband.


Photo 4: A fun and trendy small dining space that incorporated color to really make it a focal point of the room.  You’ll notice in the final photo we haven’t made the leap to pops of color like the bright coral.


The Final Product:  Instead of unfinished wood bookshelves they’ve been painted with white & grey satin paint from Home Depot.  We staged the shelves to show off our photos, books, board games, and even some of our serving dishes – all of which display really well against the neutral grey of the interior of the shelves.  The aqua curtains were a Marshall’s find back in January, and the chairs are antiques recovered with a fun fabric. We can’t do anything about the wall paint, which came with the apartment!

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