Dining Room Update | 2

Vintage bar setup

Hello again. It’s been a little while since I’ve had anything new for you, though I honestly didn’t realize how long until I looked at the date of my last post. The summer is positively flying by, and I’m mostly just confused whenever I consult a calendar. Can it really be July already? As I have said many, many times here on the blog, I hate winter, so you can imagine that I’m really relishing the long, warm days and plentiful sunlight. I have eaten boxes upon boxes of push-pops and creamsicles and biked through my neighborhood at dusk wearing inappropriate shoes–it’s been quite wonderful. Now if only time would slow down, or summer would last forever, things would be perfect.

Amidst all the summer revelry, we have still managed to get in some projects around the house. We’re trying to get the main floor in a DONE-ish sort of place this summer so that we can start working on the upstairs a bit in the fall. I’m rarely a girl to take one project at a time, but after having a prolonged mess on the first floor from February until very recently, it feels good to say “not now” to some things.

I think that part of the reason I ended up taking a break the last few weeks was that even as we were moving forward with projects on the first floor, things weren’t really clicking. I felt frustrated and uninspired. Thankfully–miraculously even–a couple tweaks to the floor plan was all it took to get back on track.

When our house was on the market, the previous owner had flipped the floor plan and was using the living room as the dining room (and vice versa) as shown in the MLS photo below. At the time it seemed to work really well.


Beyond seeing the furniture arranged this way, we’d also just we bought a massive couch (more about that here and here) that fit exactly into the window nook, so it seemed logical that we would use the flipped floor plan, too.

At first was okay, but as time went on, I liked the living room in this space less and less. Directly in front of the couch was the walkway to the kitchen, so traffic was constantly passing right through the middle of the room, and it was hard to arrange the furniture well for conversation. At the same time, the dining room space wasn’t working either. The table blocked the fireplace, and with a full set of 6 chairs, the room felt small and strange.

For all these reasons–and also for the sake of curiosity–I wanted to try switching around the living room/dining room furniture and testing it out with the intended floor plan. As soon as we moved the furniture, both spaces immediately made a lot more sense. The small dining room was cozy and inviting when arranged as the living room; the living room could be divided into a dining space and a display space with a natural walkway that didn’t disrupt the rest of the room. It just WORKED.

If you follow me on Instagram, you might have caught a sneak peak of how things are looking in the new living room at the moment.

Blue living room decor ideas

I’ll be sharing more of that space next, but for now I want to look at what’s up in the new dining room. If you missed (or just plain forgot about) previous dining room posts, you can see them here:

IMG_5710-2Eclectic vintage living roomBissman dining table Ikea kallax shelving. Bookcase styling. Ikea kallax for record storage.

There’s still a lot to do in this room (like finish baseboards and window trim) and with the decor. We are searching for a bigger rug the chairs can sit on more comfortably, and once we’ve found that, I’m going to reupholster the dining chairs and paint the bench. The bench actually came in from our deck, so I’m not sure what we might do with it in the future. I’d like to possibly change out the legs at some point, but for now, it’s really sturdy takes up a lot less visual space than chairs, so I think it’s a step in the right direction.

How has your summer been so far?


16 thoughts on “Dining Room Update | 2

    • Thank you so much, Cat! I was really surprised at how well the bench works with the table. I kind of brought it in on a from the deck on a whim, but then I was like, “Hell, that ain’t even bad.” In the Ozarks you have to say “ain’t” sometimes regardless of how many degrees you have. 🙂


  1. You’ve done an amazing job, Boo! You definitely have “the flair for decorating”. A good eye, as well. Congrats for getting this all together beautifully.


  2. I especially like your use of orange (or is it terra cotta) and how it livens things. That bench with the sheepskin is great. I like how its dark color grounds things and that it seems strong and solid in contrast to the chairs, etc. Thanks for sharing.


    • Why thank you, Brynne! The dining set came from a yard sale back in the spring. It’s a Bissman set and was actually manufactured here in Springfield, MO in the late 50s! For some reason the lady only had 3 chairs, but it ended up working out just fine. So cool that you have those map glasses, too! They are my favorites. 🙂


    • Thank you so much, June! I wasn’t sure we were going to have room for the credenza, so we had to make room! It really is a great piece–I feel like it’s something I’ll have for a really long time.


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  4. I haven’t been on your blog in a while, and man did I miss some amazing transformations!! Totally loving the outcome. Just gorgeous. I am in the middle of making a barn wood table, and have been toying with making a bench too. I think you have inspired me to go the extra mile!


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