Hi, all! What is up with this weather? I don’t remember a May that was this chilly and wet – I nearly pulled out my tall boots yesterday, and those boots were not rainboots. #fashionblasphemy
Still, we enjoyed a busy but fun weekend full of dance recital rehearsals as well as shows and choral shows. The choral show was at Kings Dominion, and although it was raining, we still managed to fit in lots of mischief late into the day. We ended a splendid time with a yummy funnel cake! #stillfull
Now it’s back to Monday!
You may remember, that we recently completed our multi-purpose play/dining room. In any multi-purpose room, it can be a bit tricky to choose accents that will work in all ways that the room does. Lighting is one of those accents. Lighting encompasses more than just overhead or ambient lighting, and I am no expert, I just know what I like and what looks good to me and what is pleasing to my eye.
The lighting in our play/dining room was relatively simple to tackle. We needed mostly ambient lighting with a bit of task lighting. The ambient fixture was required to be sophisticated and yet still have a fun element to it. It also needed to be interesting in its own right, as it would be acting as the focal point of the room more often than a compliment to the table. It couldn’t be too “chandelier-ish” when the room was acting as a playroom but had to be “chandelier-ish” when the room was serving as a dining room. I was looking for a pendant with presence, but one that would also not hang too low so that most people could walk underneath it. Tall order, right.. or is that short order?
No matter what the order, LampsPlus came to the rescue.
LampsPlus had more than a few sophisticated-fun-interesting-abitchandelierish-perfectly-sized pendant lights for me to choose from all at various price points!
Hi, There! It feels so odd to be wrapping up a project that has been consuming us for so long!
We set out to overhaul our Dining Room into a multi-purpose space of a Playroom with Dining Room potential along with more talented bloggers than I can count during the One Room Challenge, hosted by Linda at Calling it Home. I wanted a room that would function as a playroom the majority of the time but shows a lovely, sophisticated side when it was time for a formal dinner for ten. I wanted fun, colorful accessories, and art that would be comfortable in either setting and furniture that could serve more than one purpose. So, in a nutshell, this post is the result of all of that crazy!
Obviously, this week was a little different than the prior six weeks before. It honestly took me a moment to figure out what to do with myself. What does a girl do when she’s at the end of such a fun but intense project? For starters, I’ve spent a bit of time walking in and out of the room admiring it, and picking up toys, trying to keep it pretty for just one more day.. which isn’t going to happen. Then I had a birthday – I’m 46 and not yet sure how I feel about that, threw in a half dozen dance recital rehearsals – we have multiple dancers in our house -slipped in a weekend away for a baseball jamboree, worked a bit on a few other projects.. And now, I’m back to share a few sources with you! As you can see, I’ve been resting.
If I’ve missed anything, please leave me a comment below and I’ll get this post updated. Also, be sure to watch for source updates as I provide more details on the table, artwork, and plates!
Here we go!
The two largest pieces in the room are by far the table and the built-ins.
I will be sharing more details on the table build soon, but just to give you an idea of what we were going for; I wanted the table to be out of the way when we weren’t using it, but I also wanted to be able to seat our entire family when needed. I found inspiration through this dining room re-design, where essentially, they had done exactly what we were trying to do – created a table that would be out of the way until needed. Following their lead, we came up with the design for the top and added it to Ana White’s plans for the base, with a bit of tweaking for the size.
What we ended up with was an exceptionally large console table (9 feet. At least 200lbs. Just sayin’) when not entertaining and a huge, rustic table when we are. When we have large gatherings, such as our annual Halloween party, we’ll be able to use the console surface for food and drinks and Thanksgiving we’ll be dressing up the entire table. We are so happy with how it turned out and all of the versatility it gives us.
We’re also pretty in love with the benches which also work double duty. The flip top gives us loads of toy storage and the casters make it easy to move them into place for dining. Not only are they pretty, but they are also actually very comfortable as well!
The built-ins started with gifted upper cabinets from some dear friends who were remodeling their kitchen. We used Thrifty Decor Chick‘s built-ins as inspiration but had to adjust for the size of our cabinets and made our own countertop. We created the countertop from yellow pine 1x4s and 1x5s and stained it with Rustoleum Gel Stain in Aged Oak.
A thin rail was added to the top shelves to hold the China in place. We already had the China as well as the salad plates but had not put them together in the past. I just love the brightness of the plates, and I love that they take away some of the formalness of the China while at the same time enhancing it.
I like the rustic look and practicality of these galvanized buckets. They came with a chalkboard label for easy notification of what’s inside. Additional toy storage can be found in the storage benches, of course, and in the book nook. I tried to provide as many “quick fix” options as possible – lots of baskets to throw things into if there is a need for a fast toy clean-up! The hamper holds balls and other larger objects and throws pillows.
One of my favorite elements in the entire room, the rug, was a great find! There is practically nothing that would not go with this rug – it has every color and shade of the rainbow. The subtle chevron pattern has a calming influence on all of that color, and the woven texture adds interest to the room, especially when the room is acting as a playroom. It’s a great focal point for an otherwise open space!
The plate wall was inspired by a similar look found on West Elm. I loved their eclectic mix of sophistication and whimsy which can be a bit tricky to pull off. It was exactly that eclectic mix that fit in this room, which I wanted to be a combination of sophistication and whimsy! It allowed me to incorporate some fun elements that would be completely appropriate in either setting – fun for a playroom obviously, and plates for a dining room? Perfect! Some of the plates I already owned, some were DIY, and others I gathered in my travels. Many are melamine, especially those hanging lower on the wall, making them safe for roughhouse playing and flying objects. Check back for an upcoming tutorial on the animal plates!
I had quite the challenge when coming up with artwork for this room. It needed to be kid-friendly but also fit right in with an elegant dinner party.
My son would have been happy to have Sponge Bob and Dinosaurs throughout the room, but that wasn’t going to work! I decided to go with something that I felt would not only work with both spaces but is a bit of a callout to something our family enjoys doing together – visiting theme parks!
Mixing carnival prints with abstract and geometric images allowed for all the elements to come together. All of the prints were found on Etsy, inexpensively matted on foam board and framed simply. Hanging the prints symmetrically complimented the casual look of the plate wall and commanded the attention of its own.
The primary source of lighting in this room is this pendant light, generously provided by LampsPlus. LampsPlus has a tremendous selection, but seeing this light was love at first sight for me and in many ways, I built the room around the look and feel.
The light is oversized for this room, but because of it’s openness, it remains balanced. The light takes 4- 60-watt bulbs, giving off a tremendous amount of light. For ambiance, we had the light installed on a dimmer switch.
Last but not least, the book nook is another of my favorite areas – I know, they all seem to be! The industrial side table is another versatile piece that pulls double duty – it’s a toy catch all and book shelf when we’re in play mode and can easily be converted to a bar cart when we are in dining style. It’s a perfect spot for the dining chairs as well, and I love my new cow print! Funny story about that guy – years ago, before she passed away, my mother lived in the country next to a dairy farm. She had a large bay window in her breakfast nook that looked out over the dairy farm pasture, with the fence line coming right up to the window, which was of course filled with cows on most days. Often, when we’d be eating dinner we’d have to close the blinds because the cows would come right up to the fence line and stare at us while we were eating – that’s seriously unnerving when you are chowing down on a burger! When I saw the print that was the first thing I thought of – and forever more, or until I redecorate, I will have my cow staring at me while I chow down on a burger or Thanksgiving dinner!
Thank you, thank you to LampsPlus for their generous sponsorship and thank you to Linda at Calling it Home for hosting such a fun and rewarding challenge! I can’t wait to participate again in the fall!
If you haven’t had a chance do check out the other linking participants – it’s inspiration overload!
Want to see the whole story? Take a walk down memory lane!
It has been a CRAZY week made much better by Chocolate Cake… but I bet that’s not why you’re here!
Let’s get this show on the road! Welcome to my One Room Challenge Reveal! I hope you brought wine and cookies!
Let’s recap for those of you who may be new here. We set out to overhaul our Dining Room into a multi-purpose space of a Playroom with Dining Room potential. I wanted a room that would function as a playroom the majority of the time but shows a pretty, sophisticated side when it was time for a formal dinner for ten. I wanted fun, colorful accessories, and art that would be comfortable in either setting and furniture that could serve more than one purpose.
Week #1 I shared my dreams and ideas, and I was so excited to hear that you all “got” my vision! Week #2 was all about sharing the plans and my crazy to-do list. Week #3 had a lot of talk about built-ins. Week #4 I was able to brag about my new light, and the fixtures started rolling in. And last week, I made a serious dent in the to-do list, adding chairs, finishing the built-ins, and grabbing a few new accessories. #thenitgotreal
If you had an hour or so, I’d regale you with tales of the past week and all the crazy that came along with it – I would because I like to whine sometimes – but let’s just say I was applying poly to the table that almost wasn’t this morning. For real.
All of the stress was worth it though because I am so excited every single time I walk by this room! I’m going to stop talking now and show you a ridiculous amount of pictures, starting with the Playroom version of the room, followed by the transition to a formal dining room – be sure to scroll all the way through!
A large – 9ft in length to be exact – console table and window seating, with built-in storage, surround a large open play area.
This large fabric hamper stores balls for play pillows for dinner.
Acrylic buckets and dishes provide sleek, pretty storage and display objects for a pop of color.
Custom Built-ins provide ample and accessible storage, along with display space aplenty.
My design assistant aka my son did some decorating on his own!
When playtime is over, this custom-built table easily transitions to a dining table that seats ten.
The “book cart” becomes a bar cart
I am just giddy with how this all turned out! It is precisely the way I envisioned it, and I can already tell it will be a perfect fit for our family!
Let’s take a look at the before so I can appreciate the after even more!
Making over a room in six weeks was way more work than I expected – it is a massive undertaking and I could not have gotten even half as much done without the help of my entire family, my husband especially. This project truly was a joint effort! Thank you and much love to him and all the rest of my family. Thank you to Linda, of Calling it Home, for putting together the One Room Challenge. Without you, I’d likely still be looking at my “before” dining room for quite some time! And thank you to my fellow bloggers and friends – having you cheer me on and encourage me to keep going even when the going got a little crazy meant the world. xoxo
Special thanks to LampsPlus for sponsoring this post.
And thank you to YOU, for following along with me, and all of your encouragement along the way. Be sure to check back next Thursday for a full source list! As for now, if you need me, I’ll be napping and catching up on a little bit of laundry.. We may or not be running short of socks!