If you follow me on instagram you know that my family and I have been on vacation for the last few weeks. But we’re back now and ready to get into the swing of things. To get things up and running again, I thought I’d start with a Before and After of the dining room at the Farmhaus. Remember what it looked like before? Just in case, here’s a reminder:
Technically this was the simplest room. We changed the floors, expanded the opening to the deck to bring in more natural light, added dimension to the walls with a shiplap look, upgraded the lighting and painted everything white. Aside for the upgraded electrical, we handled all the other work ourselves, so we are extra proud that it now looks like this:
When I envisioned it, I was going for a rustic modern scandinavian look. For me that means a light, neutral color palette, clean lines and natural wood tones. From the progress posts, you know that we chose a white oak look laminate floor. While we would have loved to put in real wood floors, we couldn’t justify the cost within the limited budget.
Selecting the furnishings for the space actually all started with the huge abstract painting you see on the wall. One of my very best Vintage Finds.
I found the painting at a local thrift store for a mere $59. It’s gorgeous, huge and signed by the artist. It has presence, and yet is very soothing. For months I’ve been moving it around the Farmhaus waiting for it to assume its rightful position on the wall. Hopefully its presence is sufficient to draw attention away from the in-wall heater. Again, we would have loved to install central heating, but couldn’t justify spending the money, especially as this in-wall unit a) works, and b)kicks off a very decent amount of heat. I spray painted the heater white and called it a day.
This is what that same wall looked like before:
Months later, at the same thrift store I scored the dining table for $60. I was immediately drawn to it because of it simple lines and chunky legs. It had a small ding, but as I looked under the table I discovered it’s actually from West Elm. What? The brand new version costs $900. So, I knew I had to snap it up even ifI knew it was a little on the small side for the scale of the room. Here you can see it in the room during construction.
Hubby and I discussed various ideas for extending the table, but none of them were quite right. Until one day, I suggested we simply nail on some left over wood planks we had salvaged from the closets we had demoed. Such a simple elegant solution. Plus the wood was free. Can’t beat that!
He carefully selected the planks and ran them through a planer to even them out. And pouf, within an hour we had a beautiful, bigger table and it had an even more rustic vibe. So perfect!
I had always intended to use a modern windsor style chairs. I have a tendency to accumulate random vintage chairs, but this time I felt that that these grey chairs from Target would be perfect. They are comfortable, provide good support and a very well priced.
The real pièce de résistance in the room is the gorgeous brass chandelier from West Elm. Nope, didn’t score this one second hand. I coveted it for a while on my pinterest board and decided it would bring the room together.
Here’s another view. So, happy with the way it turned out.
And just for fun, here’s a little before and after video:
The bonus? The plums that are on the table are from our own plum tree!