I’m back today to share more of the progress that I’ve made in our dining room makeover.  So far, the changes have been pretty easy because I already knew what I wanted to do.  Now, I’m getting into decision making territory and it has me a little ‘skeered’.    

Combining farmhouse touches with traditional dining room furniture

The first change was the addition of the drapery panels that I picked up at TJ Maxx quite a while back.  I didn’t know where I would use them at the time.  All I knew was that I loved the mix of light and dark gray and the design in the fabric.

I had planned to use painted pvc pipe for the curtain rods and just purchase the finials and brackets that I needed, but it turned out to be less expensive to just purchase a set that included the rod. finials and brackets.  It was easy to cut the rod down to the size that I needed.

In expensive drapery panels from TJ Maxx

It had been my plan all along to hang them on either side of the bay window opening, instead of partially covering each of the side windows with a panel.  This tends to be a dark room, even on the sunniest of days, so I didn’t want to do anything to block the light coming in.

I’ve seen this done numerous times and have always loved the look, but I’ll admit that when I did it in my own home, it didn’t look quite right.  Does that ever happen to you – you see something you love somewhere else and when you recreate it in your own space, it doesn’t look as good?  Anyway, after living with it a few days and seeking the input of my daughter, we decided that what it needed was something above the middle window.  I added a few platters that were previously hanging above my sideboard, before we installed the planked wall, and that is just what was needed to pull it all together.

Did you see how we installed the planked wall in here?  If you missed it, you really need to check it out.  It’s the fastest and easiest planked wall ever!  Click HERE to take a look at what we did.  

Combining farmhouse touches with traditional dining room furniture

The other change that was made was above the small cherry chest.

Combining farmhouse touches with traditional dining room furniture

I still had two pieces of bifold doors leftover from the basement of my previous home that I thought would make a great backdrop for a few decorative plates.  After painting them with Rustoleum spray paint, I added two D rings to the back of each shutter to hang them on the wall.  {BTW, the spray paint color that I used is called Anodized Bronze.  It’s my go-to gray spray paint.  It has just a tiny touch of brown undertone to it that keeps it from looking too silvery.}

At first I was stumped about how to hang the plates from the shutters, but then I figured out that I could use regular clamp style plate hangers and run a piece of floral wire between the slats of the shutters to hold them in place.

I moved the magnolia leaf wreath, that was hanging on the mirror, to my spring fireplace mantel and replaced it with a smaller boxwood one.  This wreath fits the space much better.  

Combining farmhouse touches with traditional dining room furniture

If you read my original post about the makeover plans for this room, you know that I was planning to paint this little chest.  Now I’m undecided.  Before these few changes, plus the addition of the white planked wall, this room was a sea of brown furniture and brown floors.  The sea of brown has been broken up a bit and will be broken up even more once I find a fabric to recover the chairs with.  So, now I’m hesitant.  I mean, once it’s painted, it’s painted, ya know?  I think I’ll recover the chairs first and then make a decision.

Combining farmhouse touches with traditional dining room furniture

Other than recovering the chairs, I also have to make a decision about what to do on the wall that is to the left of the doorway to the kitchen.

Dining Room BEFORE

I thought that I would be putting a plate rack here, but now that I’ve added platters above the window and plates to the shutters above the chest, I don’t think that’s the right thing to do.  It my mind, it would just be too many plates.

So, I believe that I’m going to add a few botanical prints.  I’ve narrowed it down to these two styles/colors.

This grouping from Birchlane is nice and is large enough to fill up the wall.  I think it’s a good price for four large prints that are already framed.

Botanic Prints From Birchlane

But, I also really like a grouping of framed fern prints.  I think the addition of some color (besides the accessories) would keep the space fresh.

Free Vintage Fern Printables

Help me decide!  Which choice do you like the best?

As a little refresher, here are a couple of where we started shots and a couple of where we are now shots.

WHERE WE STARTED

Dining room before

CURRENTLY

Combining farmhouse touches with traditional dining room furniture

WHERE WE STARTED

Dining Room BEFORE

CURRENTLY

Combining farmhouse touches with traditional dining room furniture

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