It was incredibly difficult for me to find a starting photo for my dining room journey. I only had a handful of birthday photos with my dining set in it, so excuse the balloons and streamers, they are generally not a part of my decor.
The set was a small four seater with a glass top. Not exactly a great choice for entertaining, but it suited our needs as a couple for a very long time. I was really hoping to fill the space with a nice, beefy wooden table when I could afford one. However, Christmas was a few weeks away and I was going to be hosting my boyfriend's family. I needed a table upgrade, and quickly.
I purchased the Arcadia Extension table from World Market when they were having a 50% off sale. When extended, it can seat eight comfortably, ten if you don't mind a tight squeeze. When the extensions are removed, it can comfortably seat four to six people. There were two things I really liked about this table - the extensions were on each end instead of being in the middle, so there were no tricky sliding mechanisms when opening/closing the table. I think anyone who has had a table that splits in the middle can attest that the "teeth" can get jammed up and it becomes a royal pain in the behind. The other thing I really liked about this table were the beautiful, beefy legs!
I knew this would be a vast improvement over our current table since the metal base with the glass top would wobble at the slightest provocation. I decided to not purchase the Arcadia style chairs at World Market because I felt they were overpriced, and I could find a better value for my money elsewhere.
My extensive search for upholstered chairs began immediately and it took weeks before I found a deal I felt comfortable purchasing. I ended up buying a set of six upholstered camel back chairs on eBay for about $90/chair, shipped. I thought this was an outstanding price because even with coupons, the similar chairs from World Market were about $120 each, plus tax.
Here is a photo I took with the extensions on each end, when I was testing out different tablescapes for Christmas dinner.
Unfortunately I still have the brass chandelier over the table, but I am certainly making steps in the right direction! I was thinking of adding some floating shelves to the main wall behind the dining area to give me a nice place to add some vignettes and visual interest to the space. Another thought was a gallery wall instead of floating shelves, but I was also thinking of doing a gallery wall in the living room which is adjacent to this space, so that may be too much visual clutter. I also think it would be nice to add a big, neutral area rug underneath the table and chairs - perhaps a jute rug?
If we continue to rent this home, I would seriously consider swapping out the chandelier for a nice drum shade like I have in the inspiration photo above. I think it would add so much to the space. Of all of the rooms in my home, this is probably the one in which I have made the most progress.
Do you juggle updating multiple rooms at once, or work on one room at a time? I feel like I'm slowly updating each room in dribs and drabs, and my progress feels a little underwhelming.