Dining Room Reveal

The dining room is finished.  Done.  Finalized.  Complete.  I finally finished the cafe curtains for the window wall last weekend (in the nick of time) so I thought I’d share a few photos with you of the finished room.  (And please check out the other half of this room: OUR KITCHEN!)
But first . . .
Let’s take a peek at how the dining room used to look, shall we?  We must not forget just how far this room has come:
And here is the dining room today:
Ta da!  I think it looks a little different, wouldn’t you agree?

The material for the cafe curtains is simply muslin, believe it or not.  I picked it up at Hobby Lobby for $2.99/yard.

I made a few changes to the buffet wall since the Open Shelves post back in March.  I added an antique cutting board to the top shelf, added an ironstone gravy boat, hung three antique ironstone dishes on the wall underneath the bottom shelf, added the milk tote which holds antique silverware and I, unfortunately, had to toss the myrtle topiaries just yesterday.  Bummer!  They lasted almost 4 months, but I just couldn’t save them anymore.  Instead, I cut fresh hydrangea from our yard and placed them in large blue Ball jars.  I’ll keep these jars here throughout the summer and change out the flowers.

Yes, there’s a computer there on that pantry wall.  This is where I blog once in a while.  I am SO ready for a built-in desk here.  Ahh, some day.

The giant fork and spoon flanking either side of our window wall were purchased from Decor Steals a couple of months ago and I absolutely love them.  And the cake stand in the lower right-hand corner of this picture usually has some sort of yummy baked good inside.  I like sweets.  What can I say?

Hence the chalkboard sign hanging from the top of it with an appropriate saying:

We love the mix of the antique ladderback chairs with our farmhouse chairs and how the entire look is brought together by our awesome recycled Farmhouse Table that now seats 8 (hallelujah!).

As you can probably tell from these photos, I am a minimalist.  It actually does look like this most of the time.  Clutter makes me cringe.  I am a “everything has a place and everything in its place” kind of person.  But just don’t open my cupboards, m-kay?

So there you have it.  Whatcha think?

Thank you for reading!


P.S.  When you’re done taking a look at our dining room, please stop by and check out the other half of this space:  Our Kitchen!

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The 36th Avenue
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Nap Time Crafters
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  1. Beautiful what a difference

  2. Laura, it turned out fantastic. I love how light, bright and orderly everything is. The open shelving over the buffet is styled to perfection! Waiting patiently for the new baby post! :)

  3. It’s simply beautiful…fantastic work and so worth it! Enjoy with a smile! xo wendy

  4. Very, very nice! It looks so much larger now. And cleaner and brighter. It’s amazing what some paint and a vision will do. Well done!

  5. You have done such a wonderful job, love the chairs and how you stenciled the backs! So much lighter and brighter!

  6. Your dining room is very inviting! What a beautiful transformation!

  7. I think it looks beautiful! The shelves are so nicely arranged. Love the hydrangeas in your aqua mason jar.

  8. Love! Everything looks fantastic!! The buffet is so pretty, and love the shelves above!


  9. Beautiful! So open and fresh. I love it!

  10. Laura, this is Melissa @ daisymaebelle.com. Love what you have done with this space! The buffet is beautiful. The blue mason jars are perfect. Love the ironstone on the wall. Truly beautiful!

  11. Melissa @ daisymaebelle.com again. Forgot to tell you that I am now following!

  12. That is a beautiful transformation! I love all the white. Great job.

  13. Fantastic transformation. Love the color scheme, and all the unique touches.

  14. It’s sooooo very charming…love the look you have here.


  15. Laura, I love everything about it, especially the numbered chairs, spoon and fork :)

  16. This is beautiful! Love the little touches. Thanks for sharing the pics!

  17. Your dining room is beautiful. I love your style and all your attention to detail, even as a minimalist.
    Mary Alice

  18. The numbered chairs make me swoon! Great vintage touches – love the ironstone collection, the cute rolling pin and cutting board too.

  19. What a gorgeous change! Your dining room is so charming… I love the open shelves and all the vintage touches.

  20. I think I just had a little orgasm. Oops, is this a family blog? Sorry. I should just say simply . . . I think I’m in love with your dining room. Nice work! I’m your newest follower.

  21. Oh my gosh! That is an amazing transformation. I’m trying to contain my major jealousy over your sideboard and open shelving!

  22. It’s hard to believe it’s the same room! Your hard work has paid off!

  23. Your dining room looks so nice. I love the different chairs.

  24. Super transformation. I love it. The shelves and buffet are perfect on the wall and the curtains are just the finishing touch. Beautiful. Hugs, marty

  25. I am a minimalist too! Great transformation, and love the mixed chairs!!!!

  26. A beautiful transformation. The shelving display is perfect and mixing chairs adds a fun feeling.

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  28. What a makeover! You would never guess its the same wood-paneled room! Love the mix of white and natural wood grain – so warm and cozy!

    By the way – I am a new follower!!
    Bronwyn @ Queen B Creative Me

  29. Oh I just love this room …beautiful and soothing

  30. Stunning! I love everything about it :) You did an amazing job. Thanks so much for sharing.

  31. So beautiful!! What a transformation, good job!

  32. Great job! I really love your buffet too! Did you paint it? The white walls really make the space open and airy.

    I just redid my son’s room too! Reveals are so much fun.


  33. What a fabulous makeover! You can’t even tell it’s the same room :)

  34. Wow what an incredible makeover! I love all your details! Come link up to Centerpiece Wednesday and show off all your ideas! Great blog you have here!


  35. It’s beautiful! Great job!

  36. Really like the brightness. Great job. Wish I could do without my clutter.
    So neat.
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

  37. Wow! This is such a beautiful transformation! And there are so many inspirational things I’d like to use for my dining/kitchen!


  38. I am in love. I love all of it. Especially that buffet. Anything with drawers and cabinets is a friend of mine.

  39. your kitchen is BEAUTIFUL!! i’d love for you to come link this post or anything else you want up to my weekend link party http://www.lovenotesbylauryn.blogspot.com/2012/06/spread-love-link-party-14.html have a great weekend!
    {love} lauryn @ lovenotesbylauryn.blogspot.com

  40. It turned out amazing!

  41. Beautiful makeover….. great job.

  42. absolutely beautiful! What a difference paint can make!

  43. Your remodel is fabulous! I love the clean, simple look…and your farmhouse table makes me swoon. Beautiful open shelving. Oh, you’ve done a wonderful job!
    ~ Cheryl @ Thinking About Home

  44. Oh, your dining room is so beautifully simple, with just the right amount of collections and decoration. Very serene and inviting. I like the numbers on the chairs.

  45. That is an AMAZING transformation…it is absolutely BEAUTIFUL! You did a great job! I am very impressed and am now a new member!

    I found you over at “At the Pickett Fence” linky party, hope you’ll stop by for a visit!

  46. Laura,

    It’s truly lovely! So fresh and clean and I adore the minimalist approach to decorating that you employ. I’m going for the same thing (along with the don’t open the cupboard doors instructions!

    And can I ask where you purchased the chandelier from? I want the exact same one in my dining do-over …




  47. This is such a beautiful makeover! I love the multiple shades of white used in the decor, especially the beautiful ironstone on those open shelves. Bravo!

  48. Yowza! Amazing difference. It looks great!

  49. Wow, everything looks so amazing!

  50. Hi Linda – thank you for the compliments! We love this room! The chandelier was actually purchased off of Craigslist about 3 years ago so I’m sorry that I can’t tell you where it came from :-( It’s just a plain, black, six arm, wrought iron chandelier and I took the lampshades off because I like the exposed light better. Good luck in your search and thank you so much for stopping by! XO Laura

  51. Thank you for all of the compliments everyone! The room totally works for us and we love it. Collect what you love and the look will come together . . . that’s my design motto :-) And, as always, my hope is that the room has inspired some of you in some way. Thank you for following along! YOU are appreciated! XO Laura at The Ironstone Nest

  52. Looks amazing! I cannot believe that is the same room! Your buffet is amazing an I love the decor on your open-shelves!!! Great job!!
    THanks for linking up!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  53. I ? this!!! And I hope you’ll come to the Farmhouse Porch tonight and share this at the Cowgirl Up party!

  54. It is just gorgeous! What a wonderful before and after. Big difference. Your kitchen is so warm and inviting now. Visiting from Met Monday. Nice to meet you!

  55. So pretty! Love the sideboard with the shelves above it. What a drastic transformation. Nicely done :)

  56. Really gorgeous!

  57. Popping over from Better After -I love everything about the room! The un-matching, yet matching chairs; the curtains, the chandy & molding around it (love the reflection on the counter top too); the hanging plates….
    Great job.

  58. What a beautiful room! The open shelves & buffet are fantastic! It looks like a great room to entertain in! Nice job! :)
    Happy Day!

  59. I am loving this makeover. It’s just so simple and beautiful! I especially love the table/chairs and the open shelves with the buffet underneath!

  60. Gorgeous! I found you from Better After and I’m so glad! You are creating a gorgeous kitchen!

  61. That is one of the most fabulous room makeovers I’ve ever seen! LOVE IT!

  62. Just beautiful!!! Love your buffet table and your number dining chairs! Found you AT The Picket Fence and I’m now a follower. Would love to have you stop by for visit! Blessings ~ Judy

  63. Holy Smokes! It is sooo bright! I love it! you did a wonderful job!
    Thanks for sharing!

  64. Wow! What a beautiful transformation! It’s so full of charm. Love your style! :)

  65. your transformation is wonderful!! I like how bright and welcoming your dining room is now. The few well chosen accents you used look great. It looks like a happy place to gather!

  66. Great pics! Thanks for sharing. Newest follower from DIY parade. Love for you to stop by and return the follow. Hosting Mom’s Monday Mingle now. Love for you to stop by and link up. Last week we had over 150 mom blogs. Hope to see you ;)


  67. The finished product is absolutely gorgeous! I’ve featured you over at the Creative Paige!

  68. GORGEOUS!! I’m truly in love wth this space.

    I’ve shared on pinterest!

  69. Not sure if you participate, but I did nominate you for an award on my blog.

    Have a great evening!


  70. Lovely transformation! Visiting from 36th Ave. Would love it if you would share this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. http://thededicatedhouse.blogspot.com/2012/07/make-it-pretty-monday-week-5.html Wishing you a grand week. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  71. Beautiful space. This is such an amazing transformation. I keep returning to look at all the prettiness.

  72. It’s Party Time over at Debt Free Mommy Blog and you are invited! Please come link up anything related to making your space better at http://debtfreemommyblog.blogspot.com/ and mark your calendars for every Making Space Mondays linky party. The fun begins at 9:00 pm tonight. Hope to see you there!

  73. Beautiful makeover! Thanks for linking up to my party.
    I am featuring your room in my post today.

  74. You have certainly given it the WOW FACTOR! Love it and how you have it decorated :0)

  75. Beautiful transformation! Love the buffet table and shelves above, the farmhouse table, the plates on the wall above the windows…I love it all! I’m now following!

  76. Absolutely stunning!
    Can you share how you painted the panel walls?

  77. A marvelous makeover, Laura! Your room definitely has oodles of farmhouse charm now. ;)

    Liz @ The Brambleberry Cottage

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