Ahem. Kind of empty. David and I have deliberated and brainstormed since the day we moved in about what we want for this room. When we moved, we did not own any dining room furniture to fill the room, so we pretty much have a blank slate to work with. Of course, this meant months of
Michelle being crazy and wanting to look at every possible furniture option and dining room design photo that currently exists in the world deliberating about our style.
But, today, I can gladly say that this room has got a plan. Thanks to the advice of many of you, we're ready to start making this dining room a not-so-empty space.
The first step? Get rid of the chandelier. While it's certainly a beauty, the heavy, bold statement it makes doesn't exactly flow with the light and airy style of our adjacent living room and kitchen. So, we put the chandelier on Craigslist and sold it for $120. Then, I hit up a lighting sale on HomeDepot.com (which is still going on!) and bought this guy.
The price tag with the sale was $129.00, which means that (after the Craigslist sale) we came out of pocket a whopping $9 bucks. Nice, right?! I am not 100% in love with the fixture, but it is definitely a step in the right direction. My plan is to live with it for another couple of weeks and see if it is exactly what we're looking for.
The new lighting fixture has made a world of difference in the dining room, thus far. But the most exciting part? Drumroll please... we got a new dining room table! With the help of a furniture sale at World Market plus a 25% coupon I had been saving for such an occasion, we bought this fabulous barn-style wood table for only a few hundred bucks.
Here is our dining room, not so empty anymore!
It is so nice to walk into the house and finally see some furniture in this room!
And as for chairs... pshh, who needs chairs?! Okay, so we do... the game plan with the chairs is to begin a collection of random, mismatched thrift store chairs and then paint or stain them all the same color. Maybe something like this?
Or perhaps slipcover some chairs like this?
I've got a few different ideas up my sleeve. But for now, I can say, at least our little dining room is empty no more!