I’ve been working on a project for a few months now. Today, I am finally finished with all the details and ready to share my dining room makeover + a bonus simple Thanksgiving tablescape idea. And just because tablescapes are so fun, I joined up with four other talented bloggers to bring you a Thanksgiving tablescape blog hop. You can find the direct links to all of their beautiful blogs at the end of this post.
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Dining Room Makeover + Simple Thanksgiving Tablescape
I am very thankful I found a husband who has a similar background as me. There are many things about Keith’s (my husband) and my upbringing that fall in line quite well. One of the things we happen to naturally agree on is the importance of family meals shared around a table. We definitely have meals where we eat on the go, or while we all gather around the tv, but we both think eating together around a table as a family holds great importance. There is just something more focused, and more intentional about looking your loved ones in the eyes and listening to them. Keith and I both grew up this way, and try to implement family meals as much as possible.
One thing we really enjoy doing is using our dining room. When we have extended family and friends over, this space is where we like to gather. Creating a place where we can gather comfortably around a table with our loved ones was absolutely my main goal when thinking about the updated design. Making it pretty, was just icing on the cake!
This was the original design plan for the dining room makeover. Now that everything is pretty much finished, except one wall, I can’t wait to enjoy it with some of my favorite people. Once I find a place for our original dining room hutch, I would like to purchase this black console table from World Market. But with the holidays around the corner I am in no rush to finish that part of the project. If you missed my blog post where I shared all of the details about the items pictured above, you can find it HERE.
This was what our dining room looked like right before the makeover. I chose to strip the stain off of our table instead of purchasing a new one. I used a product called CitriStrip to remove the stain. Scrapers, steel wool, and another product called Denatured Alcohol helped the process along, but it was definitely a huge undertaking with three kiddos running around. Ha! In the end it was totally worth saving the money instead of buying a new table. You can find a similar type of table that already has the “reclaimed wood” look HERE.
I tend to be pretty sentimental about things. When I was thinking about what I wanted to put in the frames behind our table, I knew I wanted the prints to be related to my love of trees. If you’ve never read my very first blog post, you can read it HERE. It will give you a little bit more insight as to why I chose the name Joyfully Rooted, and just how much I like to relate my faith to the symbolism of old trees. When I found these canvas prints on an Etsy shop, I knew they’d be a perfect visual reminder for our family. You can check them out HERE.
I often lean towards a more classic, timeless style when choosing furniture and lighting for a home. For our dining room I wanted something a little dressier that would also fit with all our other fixtures in the house. For the lighting in our dining room I wanted to take it up a notch. There were several styles I really liked, but in the end decided two of these gorgeous pendants from My Lighting Source would fit perfectly in the space. One of my favorite looks is a weathered wood finish, with a little bit of glam thrown in. You can see that trend throughout our home with a lot of reclaimed wood finishes mixed in with different metals and fabrics that soften and add a more feminine look. The lighting I chose has just enough sparkle to contrast beautifully with the refinished dining room table. Because the fixtures are pendant size, I knew I would need two to fill the length of our dining table. My Lighting Source was a joy to work with and sent me two of these Quoizel fixtures. You can check them out HERE. The lights each have 4 bulbs and with 8 total in the room, it is just enough light at night. We also installed a dimmer switch and the way the warm light reflects off the clear beads in the evening gives such a lovely ambiance for parties and get-togethers. If you are thinking of getting new lighting, I highly recommend this company, as they have excellent lighting choices, and outstanding customer service.
The rug I chose gives a neutral base to the room, with a slight vintage feel. As soon as I found this rug from Rugs USA I just knew it would be a great fit for our dining room makeover. The name of the rug is the Aerial Garnished Medallion Rug in Beige. I ordered the size 7’6” x 9’6″ and you can find it HERE if you’re interested. As soon as the rug arrived on our doorstep, I pulled it into the house and unrolled it. I was shocked at the soft texture of this rug, and how well it lays out flat on our hardwood floors. Our oldest, Luke actually sprawled out on it an made “snow angel” movements while saying it was the softest rug he’d ever laid on! Ha! Usually with a new rug it takes a while for the rug to settle out and the corners to lay flat, but the moment I unrolled it, each corner was flush with our floors. We haven’t gotten to enjoy a meal around this table yet, but I imagine all of us sitting around the table sharing stories while our barefeet enjoy the luxurious texture of our new rug…its THAT soft!
Once our dining room makeover was complete I couldn’t wait to set up a simple Thanksgiving tablescape. Everything I used for this tablesacpe I already had on hand except the fresh items I found at the grocery store. One of the easiest ways to create a lovely tablescape is to layer starting with a runner. I use this white linen runner from Pottery Barn year round. Next, I add placemats or chargers, then linen napkins. After that, I place a small plate or bowl on top, and set the table with glasses and silverware. The main part I like to change up is the centerpiece and touches of color. I found these beautiful fall hydrangeas and artichokes in the produce section of the grocery store. They add just enough color and give a little bit more texture to the look. It really could be easier to recreate. I cannot wait to gather around this “new” table with some of the people we love in the near future.
I hope you enjoyed the dining room makeover and simple Thanksgiving tablescape! As always, thank you for taking the time to read along. Be sure to visit my sweet friends, and very talented bloggers for some more inspiration, as they also share their stunning Thanksgiving tablescapes. You can find their blogs by clicking on the direct links below. If you’re interested, please subscribe to the Joyfully Rooted newsletter to get my latests posts in your inbox. My hope is to inspire, tell a story, lend a helpful hand in your home and heart, and bring glory to God in all that I do.
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