HOME TOUR: Dining room

I wanted to begin posting more about our home because it is my favorite place in the world and because I really enjoy decorating!  We’ve lived in our home for a couple of years now and I pride myself in decorating with affordable thrift store finds, auction box leftovers, and family hand me downs.  Honestly, it means that I will look for certain items to decorate with for months because I love decorating with what I love without breaking the bank.

To start off our home tour, I wanted to begin by showing you my favorite room: our dining room.  I love this room because it incorporates my favorite things: simplicity, vintage elements, some family history, and some soft touches of flora and fauna!  When we were house hunting, I made it very clear I wanted a nice sized dining room because I wanted our home to be a happy place where we could feed people and host them!  An added bonus though is when I realized that dining rooms also serve as amazing multipurpose room.  I’ve done homework, crafting, and sewing on our table.  I’ve wrapped presents and we’ve eaten so many meals here.

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The table itself has a good story!  It was my grandmother’s and it is from the 1800s.  My grandfather kept it in a house that he rented and the wood was in bad shape.  Humorously enough, my grandpa called my Mom when we were visiting once and was like “hey Jean, I got tired of the table because no one wanted it.  It is on the curb for anyone to take.”  My Mom drove and picked up the table and then he goes “oh, I hoped you would like it.  It can be your Christmas present.”  The story makes us all laugh a lot and I always hoped I would have this table someday!  Lucky for me, my parents saved it for me and brought it down as a house warming present.

Without leaves, the table is a 4 by 4 table with 8 one-foot leaves.  Needless to say, the table ends up being pretty big!  When we first moved in, we didn’t use a table cloth, but we quickly found the table hadn’t been sealed properly and any type of heat (even with a hot pad) would show.  We eventually would like to re-do the table ourselves and do some repairs to the wood.  If you notice the piece of wood hanging down from the table, I pressed a latch so you could also see where the leaves insert into the table.  The table is all wood which means we probably need to do some work on it while it is cold because it does expand and it makes it difficult for us to put the table up!

 

Vintage sterling silver serving tray // hand me down
Victorian crystal hair holder // hand me down
table // hand me down
table cloth // Kohl’s
chairs // bought second hand
large picture frame // from grandmother and repaired by my mother
other picture frames // $5 auction box
green vase // thrifted
4 season plates // hand me down
vintage decorative plates // hand me down
flowers // bought from Kroger for $4
curtains // hand made by Devin’s Mom

As for projects for the future, I would love to put up board and batten wainscoting and re-paint the table (so, I don’t have to use a table cloth) and to re-paint the chairs.  I’ve also been looking for an affordable buffet that I like for a while that doesn’t weigh a ton.

Other home tour posts:
Living room

What is your favorite room in your house?

 

  • taylermorrell

    Super adorable!

  • I love the story of your table. Such history (and a great story)

    • Thanks Sheryl! My grandpa was depression era and there are a ton of stories like this out of him haha!

  • Love the touches of gold — have them all over my place, too. Have you ever stained furniture?? Thinking of staining our coffee table but worried about ruining it…

    • Thank you!! We stained our bathroom cabinets because they had never been painted or sealed when we bought our house. It is kind of a messy job, but it is totally doable. You need to sandy everything down first and then you can start putting the stain down (have some staining cloths available). The trickiest part for us in doing the project was realizing that there were different types of wood in our bathroom vanity- we had to be careful to only put on one coat of stain because different woods would absorb it differently. Make sure you also keep track of how many layers of stain you put in spots because it gets darker the more layers you put on! 🙂

  • I love the peek into your dining room! I just realized that I guess I never saw your dining room and kitchen when I was over at your house that one time. The legs of that table look amazing. It’s sad wood furniture isn’t always as sturdy and well done like it used to be.

    • Thanks! 🙂 We will have to invite y’all over again another time. I love old furniture because I know it will last, but it always scares Devin when I tell him how old something is because he knows it is going to be heavy haha! 🙂

    • You’ve created a lovely space! Beautiful photos, too.

  • Love what you’ve done with your space! It’s always very cool to see how others decorate their homes. Great for inspiration too!

    • I really love how the woods consistency really brings the room together. The wall art/ frames are wonderful!

      • Thanks Stephanie! I have been thinking about painting the chairs a light yellow color, but I think you’re right about the wood- I think it’d be better staying white.

    • I love seeing other people’s home projects too! 🙂 Thanks for your sweet comment!

  • That dining table is a treasure! I hope you’re able to do something great with it 🙂

    xoxo, SS

    The Southern Stylista

    • I love your wall of frames, and that table! What an amazing piece to have from your family!

      • Thank you, Justine! I’m always very grateful for it when we sit down to eat 🙂

    • Thank you!! I’m a little worried already what a big job stripping it will be…it is HUGE and has a lot of curves. That might be why there is a table cloth on it now 😉

  • I love the mix of vintage things but that it still looks nice and clean- not old. Beautiful room! I also love the story behind the table.
    Annie

    • juliab412

      What a gorgeous set up you have- I love the vintage look. I love the story behind the table and it all worked in your favor of actually obtaining it for your own house!

      • Thank you!! My husband calls it grandma style ;). I’m glad my parents waited to downsize a year after we moved into our home, it would have been sad if it hadn’t had a place to go yet!!

  • What a great space!! Thank you so much for sharing with us! I love all of those gold frames!!!

    • Laura

      Really cute! Love the wall of frames!

    • Thank you! It is definitely my favorite room in the house 🙂

  • Love this! The leaf print on the wall is my favorite 🙂

    • Love it, Autumn! I love how each piece has a story, or memory that goes along with it. 🙂

      • We were laughing last night because we started naming the only stuff that we had bought brand new and it ended up only being random stuff like our bed, throw pillows, sheets, and now our couch set haha!

    • That one is my favorite as well. Thank you!

    • That print is my favorite too!!

  • So pretty! I’m finishing up a dining room tour soon as well. Yay for pretty dining places!

    • I love the history behind your table! Your decor is so charming and vintage : )

    • I will have to check out your dining room right now!

  • Those gold frames are the perfect mix of upcycled and modern!

    • I love the frames on the wall. I want to do something like that as well.

      • You totally should! It can be a lot of fun collecting all of them. It drives my family nuts though that I don’t care if they hang straight though haha!

    • Thank you! I spent a few months getting the right ones for the wall 🙂

  • Love this! All the vintage elements you added are so cute & I love the story about the table!

    • I love the wall set up with the frames! So pretty and unique!

    • Thank you! It is fun to have a home with memories 🙂

    • Thanks Shannon!

  • Love all the vintage pieces! Isn’t it the best when we can fill our home with things that truly have such awesome stories.

    • Such a beautiful space! I love the story behind the table and those frames on the wall are so pretty! I love when rooms have a story like that one does. I’m excited to see some pictures of the rest of your house! 🙂

      • Thanks Lauren! I felt inspired after seeing the photos of your adorable home! I’m going to be posting photos of our living room soonish.

    • Thanks Rebekah! Collecting everything and putting it together has definitely been my favorite part of decorating.

  • Seriously adorable! I love the minimalist and simplistic approach.

    • Thanks!! I have place mats I wanted to put out for these photos, but maybe a closet ate them?! No clue! I tend to get rid of a lot of stuff in our house just because it stresses me out…I just need to get rid of our my room of junk where I close the door and don’t look at it next 😉

  • This is so pretty! I LOVE the frames you have hanging on the wall!

  • Love the rustiic vibeyou have going own! Can’t wait to see the rest of your house 😉

    • Thanks Emilie! I had to pinterest rustic and yes, that totally makes sense! I feel like my other rooms are a little more eclectic. I’ll be posting pictures of our living room soonish :)!

  • I love your decor! I love that you have a story and piece of your grandmother with you!

  • love the details! It’s great to have family heirlooms on display 🙂

    • I love having rooms full of memories too! 🙂

  • This is so cute! I love the picture frames and the flowers add a nice touch. 🙂 I love having fresh flowers in the house.

    • Thanks Rachel! I’ve been trying to make sure I buy fresh flowers in the winter and it has been really helping to have some more greenery in the house!

  • That table is incredible, what a great heirloom! I am so smitten with your combo of frames, vintage art and plates on the wall, through. Love that! Plus, it would give me an excuse to buy more old frames, ha!

    • Thanks Lora!! I ended up going through boxes from auctions for a few months in order to find the frames I wanted. Lucky for me, it looked like a custom frame shop was selling their old inventory!