I ambitiously set my sights on decorating the dining room earlier this fall. We hosted an engagement party for my cousin, and I decided with 50 people coming to my house, the dining room couldn’t have white walls.

We moved in at the end of May and have actually done quite a few projects over the last 5 months (back splash; painting family room/kitchen; dining room flooring, painting, wainscoting). I also painted an older, espresso-colored bar using chalk paint to help give it an antiqued look. I really love how everything turned out. I think I still need a few finishing touches, but love the fresh look! All my details are at the bottom, including from where my inspiration came!

Before: Testing out my color choice. Room was pretty boring!

My hubs putting in the hardwood flooring

Top hutch of the bar. How/why my husband lifted it off with all of the glasses still on still baffles/haunts me…
One coat of chalkpaint
Pre-wainscoting and post-flooring

Finished bar!

While I do like the look of the puddled curtains, they do need to be hemmed a bit.

The Details:

I want to point out that Dear Lillie’s blog was my inspiration as well as this post from Houzz.

Light Fixture: Overstock, seen here
Bar: Older, from JCPenny (I think). Valspar chalkpaint from Lowes. Knobs from World Market
Curtains and Rods: Ikea RITVA curtains in white
Black and White Photo: Ikea
Canvas Prints: Homegoods–I purchased 3 of the same print and rotated the middle print
Pumpkins and Candles/holders: various places, Homegoods
Table Runner: Target
Wall color: Benjamin Moore Kendall Charcoal in matte
Flooring: Mohawk (provided by our builder free of charge due to some issues we had)
Wainscoting: Completed by our neighbor

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