Since our actual dinning room is our playroom / my craft space, the eat-in kitchen space is our only dinning area. I’m not a fan of formal dinning rooms anyways so this space is all our family needs.
I painted the walls before we even moved in. I’ve actually hated the color since the day I painted it. It was more baby blue than I wanted. Was looking for a grey. But the thought of repainting it is just too much (it covers our entire main level).
Sorry about the worst before blog picture ever. I took this photo the day of our home inspection. Say hi to our realtor and inspector. But it gives you an idea of what we started with. A pretty basic space that you would find in most suburban homes.
The corner cabinet came from Craig’s List for $20. It was white so I painted it yellow and stained the counter part with a dark walnut stain. The cabinet it a really inexpensive laminate cabinet. Probably originally purchased at Wal-Mart or Target. But I love painting these cheap pieces of furniture that most people toss. Laminate really is so easy to paint.
My mom made me this table about 10 years ago. I’m thinking of repainting the base of it sometime soon. It’s covered in sticky little fingerprints. So maybe it will be easier to just paint it rather than clean it.
I added board and batten to the walls and love the character it gives to the space. I don’t have any pictures of the process since I did it pre-blog but it’s super easy. Just get the hardware store to cut your wood and then nail it up. Trust me anyone can do it. And all by yourself! My husband sat comfortably on the couch and watched hockey while I did this. The chairs were a flea market find and I just spray painted them. They’ve held up really well to the kids abuse so far. And once they get all dinged up I’ll just spray paint them again.
Eventually I would love to plank the side of the peninsula wall and add a reclaimed wood counter. But that has been on my to-do list for three years now and still hasn’t happened.