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I feel like I should start this post with “Happy Spring”! Technically it’s still winter…but it’s almost 60* outside as I type this, I have windows open and I hear the birds chirping. The snow is gone….I’m calling it spring. I’m sharing our “new” dining room space with you today…and I added in some Spring/Easter decor as well 🙂
When we moved into this house almost 1 year ago, we had lots of ideas of how we were going to make it look more “us”. One of our plans was to move the dining space. When they built the house, the placement of the dining room light just didn’t work for us…and last month, we changed it to how we wanted it! But I felt like that book “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie”…if you want to move your dining room area, you’ll need to move your computer desk first…and you’ll need new lighting to go with it. Some home projects have domino effects.
This is what our dining space looked like about a week or so after we moved in:
It just seemed…in the way to us. You couldn’t really use the breakfast bar with 6+ seats at the table, it was in front of the patio doors, and look at all that space behind it where the computer used to be! So we decided the best use of space was to move the dining space back in front of the windows. One day we plan on having a table that will seat 8-10, so we would need to be able to extend the table and still have room to walk around it and get outside. We started by building a built-in computer desk/workspace. I won’t showcase too much of this because it’s not quite finished yet. Eventually, I want to get cabinets and some open shelving above the desk because I don’t like extra computer paper and paper work sitting on the floor. Once we installed the built-in desk, we took out the 1992 dining room light and replaced it with track lighting. (You can still buy that special dining room light circa 1992 at Menards by the way. I’m thinking about going in there and putting warning stickers all over them…**WARNING: It is no longer the early 90’s! Do NOT put anything like this in your home! Walk away now!!**)
We started the whole process back in January with the desk and light:
(Once the desk area is finished, I’ll do a post on it. But for right now, it’s just a domino in the dining room switch-a-roo process.)
Goodbye beast of a light…seriously, that thing was heavy.
The track lighting we purchased on Amazon works great. We couldn’t really just add a recessed light here because the area would have felt very dark…so this was the best option.
The next phase took awhile. I had trouble deciding on what light I liked best for over the dining table. I wanted it to flow with house and other fixtures and still be somewhat of a stand-out fixture. I love the drum light look, but most drum lights only have 1-3 bulbs. That’s not really enough light for a large table. After coming up dry with places like Pottery Barn, Ballard Designs, and West Elm…I decided to try…Menards. I know. The same store that still dares to sell 1990’s fixtures. But low and behold, I found what I had been looking for. After my man installed the light, the rest of the dining space just came together…and I love it.
Yes, there’s still folding table and chairs. Yes there’s still carpet. But the layout works so much better now. Using tablecloths make the folding table a little more bearable 🙂 The coral tablecloth and place mats are from Target.
The side table is actually a bookshelf we ordered from Target.com.
I love having the space to display fun antiques, seasonal items, and table cloths! The wood box was made by my husband and the baskets for the tablecloths are from Target.
The shelf above the side table has to be one of my fav things. I was totally inspired by Cori’s blog post where she and her husband made two for their dining room. My husband whipped this one up for me in no time at all. Go check our Cori’s post and make one, or two, or more for your home!
I’ve been looking for a way to use these springs for a long time. I have a whole box full of them. They came from Journey’s original dinette cushions. So when I was getting out my spring decor, I saw the box and thought “what better time to use these springs then ‘Spring’?!” 😀 Goofy I know. I tried to get my kids to see my humor…they just stared at me like “yeah, ok mom.” (The silverware shadowbox I made a couple years ago, you can see the post here.)
Here’s a close up of the light I finally landed on from Menards:
It has just little sparkle/shine in a few panes of glass and it’s a perfect blend of modern and traditional. I’m glad we decided on this one!
So here’s some before & afters of the dining space!
From foyer looking into dining area before:
Previous dining area before:
(Someday we will tackle the kitchen…along with replacing the carpet with hardwood floors…someday!)
Looking from now dining space toward kitchen & previous dining space before:
(We also took out the kitchen light and added recessed lights.)
Standing in kitchen looking towards dining space before:
Like I said, it’s completely done, for now it is…but I love the layout much better. It’s much more functional.
Have you have switched up spaces in your home before? What does your spring decor look like?
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