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From Retro to Rustic: Our 70's Farmhouse Table Makeover + Dining Room REVEAL!


I'm so excited I can FINALLY share my dining room with you all! It's been a long time coming and I couldn't be happier with the results! Since I know some of you have been asking about the details, let me jump right into them:

THE BEFORE



Things were a little ugly for a while around here...I wish I had a good before photo of the seats in those chairs (you can see them a little in the first photo above). The whole set was a Craigslist find from a few years ago that was in excellent shape for it's age, but unfortunately also very yellow. Y'all know I love a pop of yellow in my home decor but this was on another level and looked more like the yellowing 40 years of cigarette smoke leaves behind. I fell in love with the design on the base, the original caning, and the beautiful solid wood tabletop, not to mention the fact that with both leaves attached, this table is over 8 feet long! The ability to host large get-togethers is so important to me!



This set has a pretty heavy base with an intricate design, so sanding was pretty rough (no pun intended). Our best friend during this whole ordeal was without a doubt this paint sprayer! We got it on sale around Black Friday when we remodeled our kitchen cabinets (more on that later!) but as much as we've used it and as handy as it has become, I would completely pay full price for it. You have no idea how handy the sprayer was when it came to that caning!! If you're looking into painting your cabinets or doing a larger paint project, I highly recommend investing in a paint sprayer. You will never look at a furniture remodel the same way again!

We used a random white paint we had lying around in the basement, but we did use a good bonding primer to help the paint adhere since we knew there was no way we'd be able to sand every nook and cranny perfectly. I think it really helped and on my next project I wont worry about the sanding quite as much as I used to!

Are you ready for the big reveal??

THE AFTER



So. Much. Better. I like to think of my decor style as a cross between farmhouse, french cottage, and traditional. I knew the white paint would really brighten up the whole room and breath new life into this beautiful dining set. I chose not to make any changes to the table top since it's in wonderful shape and has such a stunning wood grain design.




As you can see, we also reupholstered the seat cushions. The original foam pad was completely disintegrated inside the old, crusty golden velour that once adorned them, so it was obviously time to go. I had an idea of what I wanted on these seats, but when I walked through the upholstery aisles of Hobby Lobby, this simple taupe microsuede material really caught my eye. I loved how soft and supple it felt and how it added some dimension to the white chairs while still keeping with my neutral theme. Keeping the table and seats neutral means I can change the rest of my decor at will which is important to this holiday-obsessed gal.

Now let's get on to the rest of the decor in here.

THE DETAILS




Two of my favorite elements in my dining room are the giant round tobacco basket and the rustic metal barn lights! Both were FREE to me which shows just how much thrifting and junking can turn into treasure hunting. My father-in-law is a contractor, so he will often come home with random pieces "gifted" to him by grateful clients. This tobacco basket was one of those items and I had absolutely no idea what I was going to do with it when I saw it in his basement, but I just knew I had to have it. Thanks, David! The light fixture was a find from my grandma's church yard sale a few years ago. It hadn't sold and was on the curb for donation when I spotted it. My grandma snagged it for me and Preston and I hauled it home, having no idea if it would fit our space or even work! Sometimes you just have to take the risk and TRY something to really see how it will turn out.



Once I had those two "anchor" pieces, the rest of the decor was simple. These are just cheap Walmart frames (eventually I'll upgrade to something a little more sturdy) but I like how they seem to finalize the sort of gallery wall I've made here and add a little symmetry. As for the tabletop, it's always changing! I swap out the table runner on wash days and sometimes don't use it at all (life with kids). The centerpiece is ever-changing, too, to fit holiday themes and depending on my mood! I love having fresh flowers in the house, but find faux ones much more cost-effective. Hobby Lobby has lots of realistic stems and bushes to choose from, like the magnolias and billy balls in my current set up. You can see more about the wooden trivet in this post.


I think the most important thing I learned throughout this remodel--and all the home improvements over the past year--is to stay flexible! Sometimes you have a picture of how something is going to look in your head but then find a great sale or another fabulous find and your original plans may have to change. Don't feel like you have to change everything all at once, either, or you could end up stuck with something you settled for when you were desperate to call the remodel done.

As you can see from the lack of trim, our house is far from finished and that's okay! I've enjoyed cultivating a space that encompasses my unique design style and grows along with us! Enjoy the journey, y'all!

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Dining Table Set // Vintage

Paint Sprayer // Amazon

Paint + Primer // Lowe's

Seat Fabric // Hobby Lobby

Table Runner // Target

Trivet // Target (similar)

Vase // Bed Bath & Beyond (similar)

Flowers // Hobby Lobby

Curtains // TJ Maxx

Tobacco Basket // Vintage

Frames // Walmart (multipack, here) -- Photos by JLD Photography

Light Fixture // Thrifted


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“Hello my baby, hello my honey, hello my ragtime gal...” Admittedly, this outfit does make me feel a little bit like the WB Frog 😂 but there’s just something about this bow tie top that makes me smile! I snagged it on clearance for only $8 at J Crew a while back and couldn’t wait for it to warm up enough for me to wear it!

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In order to lighten this top up and make it feel extra spring-y and casual, I opted for a straw hat and sandals with white jeans. I think I took it from dapper dan to summer vacay and I love it! If youfollow me on Instagram, you've definitely seen these sandals popping up lately! They’re SO comfortable and only $8...I may just have to get an extra pair because I can totally see myself wearing these out over the summer!

Something about this top just called my name and I had to have it. Have you ever been shopping and just couldn’t say no to something even though you weren’t sure how to style it? Sometimes I love the challenge of finding a new way to style something!
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