We have lots of great dining room decor ideas for you in this dining room reveal! It took a long time, but we couldn’t be happier with our new dining room!
Better late than never, right?
Well, the dining room makeover took a little longer than expected, but what’s a few extra months between friends?
And can you believe it? We finally finished it! This room makeover has been 5 years in the making, but we officially launched it here on the blog back in February! Look, when it comes to room-sized projects, we’re not exactly Speedy Gonzales. Remember the Guest Bathroom? How about the Deck? And the Laundry Room?
Anyway, back to the dining room makeover. Yeah, it took a long time. Here’s some footage that Handan captured of me making some real progress one afternoon.
First, let’s take a moment to appreciate the beauty of a long list of completed and crossed-out projects.
Dining Room Makeover Checklist
Moodboard and plan. Paint the room. Create a gallery wall and design printables for it. Decide on the rug. Buy Chairs. Build dining table. Build a small console table. Makeover/upcycle antique wardrobe. Makeover/paint the buffet table. Decorate dining room.
There were some long and complicated projects in this makeover! (I’m looking at you, Farmhouse Dining Table with Gothic Revival Legs and Antique China Cabinet aka The Wooden-Boobed Wonder!) But now that all is set and settled, Handan and I couldn’t be happier with our dining room.
We have DIYs, we have makeovers, we have store-bought stuff, and we have one-of-a-kind pieces from all over the world that we picked up in our travels. The room defies a style categorization, but let’s call it World Eclectic. That sounds nice and fancy, doesn’t it?
What once was dark and dreary has become light, airy and open.
I love how the dining space flows into the living space. Now that we’ve lightened up the walls, the whole first floor feels so much bigger. When the walls were dark, Handan used to feel like they were closing in on her, especially throughout the long, dark winters. Now the house breathes.
As a reminder, this is how it looked before we moved in.
The focal point is the dining table. Duh. It’s a dining room. But this a table we’ll keep forever. With legs salvaged from a vintage Gothic Revival table and a DIY custom-built ash top, this Frankentable is my pride and joy. The chairs are from Pier 1, and they work perfectly with the table, the rug and the room. Don’t worry about keeping track of what came from where. There’s a source list at the end of the post with all those juicy details.
Speaking of that rug, it’s not the same one pictured in our Dining Room Makeover Plan post. We tried that rug for a while, but realized it was just a little too small for the table and chairs. Fortunately, we had another one in storage. I know, I know, we’re lucky! Handan’s mother bought a bunch of beautiful silk rugs in Afghanistan back in the 90s for very little money, and she had them in storage at her house in Turkey until we relieved her of four of them, including the two big ones pictured here and in the plan post. There’s no way we’d be able to afford these same rugs if we had to buy them today, so we are thrilled to have them!
Here is the view towards the front door.
This little corner of the room is the only place where you won’t find a DIY. The cabinet, lighted glass vases and the Buddha came from HomeGoods, and we bought the brass oil lamps in India.
Above the Buddha’s head hangs Handan’s favorite JRR Tolkien quote. Handan made a larger version than the one we previously gave to our VIP members, so head on over to the VIP Patch for your free printable! It’s under the Oversize Book Page Art section of the VIP Patch.
Standing between the entryway and my office is one of our very first DIYs, long before The Navage Patch was a twinkle in our eyes. Handan bought some vintage-looking suitcases online, and I installed spindle legs on them. We have one more in a bigger size in the guest room.
The back wall has the most going on.
Sitting at the base of those doors are wooden bird cage lanterns that we bought at HomeGoods.
A basket of faux flowers the the corner brings a pop of color to the room.
The DIY farmhouse console holds a mix old and new, near and far. Jade elephants that Handan bought years ago in Abu Dhabi wind their way around a tag sale lantern, while two metal vases topped with dried hydrangeas stand sentry on either end.
Underneath sits an armillary along with a couple of antique jugs that we’ve collected over the years.
The antique china cabinet stands in the corner by the back door. That was one hell of a restoration! Atop are two vases that Handan’s mother bought in Saudi Arabia decades ago. The leather elephant came from a consignment store in town. I took one look at it and knew that Handan would love it.
Handan explained the Turkish evil eye in a previous post. We have them all around the house, but the most prominent hangs above our back door. We mounted a large evil eye on a ceiling medallion, and it’s one of my favorite things in our house.
I love the blues contrasting off the white medallion.
We love light here at The Navage Patch – especially fairy lights! Handan’s stuffing them into anything with a glass face these days. But they make our house glow at night, and I love them! She put them to good use on and around the vintage buffet that we just madeover.
Handan made this little guy. We never post DIYs this small. I wouldn’t know what to say, LOL!
We bought a ton of candles from Hobby Lobby this past winter, and we have them scattered about the house and the dining room.
And as the day wears on, and the sun dips low, the lights become more prominent.
I had some company for this photoshoot. Handan took a pic of my watchers.
And I swung my camera around and snapped them too.
They always look so interested in my work!
And one last pic as night took over. The bulbs in the chandelier are Philips Hue smart bulbs, so I’m able to control the color temperature and intensity from my smartphone. They’re great for setting the mood!
- Floor lanterns: we bought them from HomeGoods, but Pier 1 also has really nice ones for decent prices. Here are some similar ones from Pier 1: Natural wood lanterns and Galvanized Metal Cage Lanterns.
- Large led pillar candles
- Vintage gate wall art
- Frames (16×20)
- Frame (24×36)
- Free vintage botanical printables for the gallery wall
- “This House” Free printable oversize book page wall art
- DIY farmhouse style console table
- Small jade lucky elephants: ours are old souvenirs from Abu Dhabi, but here are similar ones on Ebay and on Amazon.
- Small urns: we bought these 2 years ago from Hobby Lobby. You can find these or similar ones in Hobby Lobby‘s floral section.
- Armillary: ours is from Amazon, but in case it’s unavaliable, Overstock also has the exact same armillary.
- Antique jugs
- Antique china cabinet
- Leather elephant: we got ours from a consignment store, but you can find similar ones on Amazon.
- Turkish evil eye and the ceiling medallion as its frame
- DIY Farmhouse dining table
- Smoke blue dining chairs
- Light linen dining chairs (with ring-pulls)
- Copper pitcher: ours is a thrift store find, but here is a similar one.
- Philips Hue smart lighting
- Hand carved wooden round tray: our is from HomeGoods, but here are similar ones: Hand-Carved Fiesta Tray and Willow Hand-Carved Tray.
- Small pillar led candles
- Vintage Buffet
- Glass and Metal architectural candle lanterns (classic European buildings/houses)
- Fairy Lights with adaptor
- White washed carved floral wood wall decor
- Vintage style birdcage plant stand
- Faux flower stems
- Bamboo floor vase: we got ours from HomeGoods, but here are similar ones on Pier 1 and on Amazon.
- Potter Barn inspired rustic wooden keys