I've been holding off on sharing our little budget "Dining Room Redo" until we found the perfect vintage chrome and glass bar cart for the corner- but I've decided I can't wait any longer.
We used the same shade of grey for pretty much the entire house. It's not too blue, not too green, and not too tan. Let me save you the time and effort- it's called Filtered Shade in eggshell finish by Valspar from Lowe's.
This room has the same drapes we used in the adjacent Living Room from West Elm with simple white IKEA rods.
The size of this room was a challenge, especially due to the implied room dimensions from the beam in the ceiling that also wraps down the wall on both sides. We decided to ignore the beam, and where it suggests the room ends. Between the implied Dining Room and Living Room is a pretty generous 8 foot open space, providing access through the sliding glass door outside. By choosing a larger table, we simply went beyond the beam by about a foot, still leaving a very generous pathway between the 2 spaces.
Our furniture plan for this room started and ended with this (discontinued, sorry) IKEA Stockholm table. I am obsessed with all things Scandinavian, but don't have the budget for the real deal. So this table easily seats 8 and was a bargain for about $600. We also selected these budget friendly chairs from IKEA. Since we chose such a generous table, we decided not to incorporate a buffet- it would be too cramped. As I mentioned at the beginning, the only thing we hope to add is a vintage chrome and glass bar cart for one of the corners.
Next, we selected the artwork. I must have searched greatbigcanvas.com for 3 or 4 hours before finally settling on this image- which ties in perfectly with our overall design plan for the downstairs. Plus, I had a 50% off coupon. Ordering a framed print of this size would run you about $500, so we opted for a decal. With my coupon, I was able to get this for just $80! Big impact on a tight budget.
And finally, I save the best for last. The beautiful light fixture that my talented electrician husband made with railroad insulators, a hand distressed beam, vintage style wire and Edison bulbs (plus a lot of hard work). I absolutely love it, and it sets the mood for our whole downstairs. We centered it above our table, again ignoring the implied dimension of the room.
I made a table runner out of some fabric left over from reupholstering our outdoor chair cushions, and picked up the Octagon shaped terrariums from Cost Plus World Market, and filled them with succulents from Lowe's.
In total, we spent about $1500 for everything in this room.
We absolutely LOVE how this room turned out, and hope that it has given you some inspiration for your own room redo.