Last Updated on January 12, 2021 by lindseymahoney
I can’t believe my dining room transformation is almost complete! To be honest, figuring out the artwork has been the most stressful part. When we moved into our home a few months ago, I made a promise to myself that I would only hang something on our walls if I absolutely loved it.
I have so many “nice” pieces of art that I have hung in our homes over the years, but I didn’t have a connection with most of them. Why did I like it? How did it speak to me? I am happy to report that this week I found the perfect pieces for the space and I love everything on the walls!
DIY Art Ledge for Artwork & Family Photos
The back wall in the dining room was my biggest challenge in this space. I needed something substantial on the wall and I was low on budget! First I thought about doing a basket collage, then I considered a plate wall, but neither of these options felt right. Then I realized the artwork that I would love forever and be perfect in this space – pictures of my family! I really felt like adding happy photos of the kiddos would give our dining room a more relaxed vibe, which is exactly what I was going for.
Lucky for me (and my pockets), I already had a stack of black frames in our closet that would be perfect for the dining room. I have been wanting to try the DIY art ledge from Chris Loves Julia and knew it would be the perfect fit! I pulled up the art ledge tutorial and ran to the local hardware store. The only purchases I had to make were 3 pieces of pine and the wood stain. To simplify the project even further, I had Home Depot cut each board down to 80″, which was the length I wanted on my wall. When all was said and done, my statement wall cost me less than $30! This project was SO easy and I finished it in only a few hours. Check out my full tutorial on this easy DIY art ledge.
Juniper Briggs Artwork
I discovered this artist last year and absolutely LOVE everything she creates! Her paintings are bold and feminine and I was dying to get my hands on one! Luckily for me, I have an extremely thoughtful husband who bought me the perfect piece to celebrate selling our first flip house in Toledo.
When I look at this painting, I think about all of the life changes my family has made in order for me to pursue my dream and start my own business. I think about how thoughtful and supportive my husband is and has been throughout our journey these last few years. I knew that this painting would be perfect in the dining room and I couldn’t wait to put it up on the wall!
Dining Room Mirror
I wanted a large mirror over the buffet to reflect the light from the window. I found this mirror at Target and really liked the detailing on the frame.
There was one last wall to fill in the dining room! I wanted it to stand out since it can be seen clearly from the kitchen. The dining room already had a lot of art on the wall and I thought adding more frames would be overkill. I ran to my new favorite thrift store in town and found these cute hanging planters! I added moss I had on hand (who doesn’t, am I right? LOL) and picked up some air plants to add into each planter. It turned out perfect and compliments everything else on the wall so well.
One week left until the final reveal and the end of my first One Room Challenge! Check back in next week to see the complete transformation of my dining room.
Don’t forget to check out the other guest participants progress over on the One Room Challenge blog, there are some AWESOME projects going on!
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