Our Small Dining Room Update (After 20 Years . . . )



It's always amazing to me what making just a few tiny changes can do to a room.


As I've shared before, almost twenty years ago we were given my husband's grandparents dining room set, and while I was thrilled to have them, they've never been exactly what I would choose.

(And up until this point, we'd spent $150 to furnish our entire dining room ~ not too shabby.) 


So I've recovered those dining room chairs four times (they have lots of padding now at least?), and while it's helped, they've just never been my favorites. 


So a few weeks ago when I  noticed these benches at Home Goods, my mind got to wandering.


I knew they were different, but wasn't quite sure if our dining room could pull them off.


A friend of mine suggested moving the piano (but I had no idea where it could go?) until I called a local moving company and said for $100 they could  move it to our finished basement.


Guys, I was thrilled. 


(I love that piano, but it's never had a perfect home. Now it has it's place!)



So, I was freed up with all this space, and possibly room for those benches too. 


And I did it.

Screen Shot 2016-03-18 at 12.50.00 PM



I don't love the rug at all now that the benches are there ~ it's moving to the foyer as soon as I can get some help with the heavy lifting! 🙂 

I would have loved to have found four matching chairs to use with just a bench on one side, but my kids have fallen in love with those benches ~ they hang out there doing their homework, so I think they're both sticking around. 


(The benches. And the kids. Can't get rid of either very easily, right?) 🙂 



And, while we did spend some moo-lah on those benches, to have a totally updated look after twenty years seems worth it to me. 🙂



As we're getting ready for Easter I've been playing with the table settings, and thought y'all would enjoy a peek at that too . .  .


I purchased the big glass hurricane at Michael's with a 40% off coupon, and of course used a can to beef up the candle. 🙂



I cut out simple bunnies from white card stock on my Silhouette, and the napkins tied with pink ribbon (all courtesy of Home Goods ~ I love that store!)





The super cute little nests were from Michael's as well ~ for 3/$2.99 I just couldn't pass them by. I adore them!



And really, I know it's not exactly perfect, but I'm loving our fluffed up space. (Still dreaming of curtains, but baby steps, right?) 🙂


If you’d like to see more pictures of our home as we’ve been updating it, here you go, and if you're working on a project in your home or have any other suggestions for our space, I'd love to hear them. Leave a comment to share!



Looking for more Easter projects? Here you go . . .

Print Friendly and PDF


  1. michelle j says

    You did a great job! What color are your walls? I love them.

    • Thanks Michelle! They’re Sherwin Williams Seasalt – I love that color, and one shade lower is Comfort Grey and also just beautiful. One of my favorite shades!

  2. I think it looks great but would lose the additional upholstered chair. The benches are a lot of fabric so you need some more wood or another texture to break ti up. Maybe just two benches and then wooden chair in corner? Love the table setting.

  3. Love it! Although I would do a bench on one side and individual seats on the opposite side (by the windows to give it a more open and less boxed look just based on spacing.

  4. Love them!!! I too love Home Goods. I think something you could consider is getting a much larger mirror. I think it will make the room look larger and help even out the bulk of those chairs. How exciting! Also I would do a bigger rug IF you even put one down again. And I am sure you are already thinkingng of switching the light fixture. I see a pretty crystal chandelier. Great job!

Speak Your Mind