FINALLY!! I get to share my amazing new dining room with you guys! I worked with my good friend, Becky at Homestead 128, and I could not be happier with the way this project turned out. You guys, Becky seriously…SERIOUSLY had her work cut out for her and she delivered big time on a small budget. I adore her.
We moved into this house almost 2 years (wow!) ago. It’s a new house and all our walls were white. Whiter than white. Think walking into a hospital, lab coat a piece of printer paper white. And flat. The grossest flat that gets dirty by you just looking at it. I quickly painted all the main areas of our house a pretty greige but two rooms downstairs have been left untouched- our dining room and office. Both are in the front of our house. Both are embarrassing and blah. Here is a picture of the room a few days after we moved in:
Yuck right? The room actually does get a great amount of natural light, I just took that at a bad time of day. But no amount of sun could change the fact at the furniture was too dark, the rug was the wrong shape/size, the fact that I slapped random “art” on the walls and who knows why that extension cord is there or how long it stayed. We don’t use this room much but it is right in the middle of our house, I see it all day and something needed to be done.
So we started by looking for a new table. I love to find used furniture and bring life back into it. We scored this huge, sturdy, beautiful Pottery Barn dining room take for $50 on a yard sale Facebook site. $50 guys. I grabbed that baby so fast even though it had some damage to the pedestal from a naughty (and apparently hungry) puppy. My husband sanded, patched and prepped it and then I chalk painted and sealed it. The entire project was less than $75 including supplies and the cost of the table. Not bad for a dining room table!
We then needed chairs. I fell in love with these at Restoration Hardware. We have an outlet by us that was running a 30% off sale and we ended up paying $330 for 6 chairs. That was more than I wanted to spend but the table was SO cheap and I was having trouble even finding cute chairs from target for less than $120 for 2. And considering the fact that our entire dining room set for 6 people cost us just over $400? I can deal.
Next up was board and batten. I knew I wanted to do it in our old house and this room was perfect for it here. My husband worked SO hard on this. It took an entire weekend and it took me 2 days to paint. I was cursing the project while we were knee deep in it but it is just stunning and the money we saved on doing it ourselves helped pay for a few other extras for the room.
As soon as I finished painting the B&B I sent pictures to Becky. The room was kind of a blank slate but my budget was tight for a dining room. I needed a new light figure, window treatments and a buffet for under $500. Could she do it?
Becky was so easy to work with and her process is simple (at least it was on my end- she had her work cut out for her!). First I filled out a quick form that included room dimensions, our budget, how we use the space and any ideas I had in mind. She then put together a mood board to make sure we were both on the same page. You can see exactly what ours looked like by hoping over to her site here. After getting my feedback on the mood board she created this awesome mock up to show me exactly what she had in mind for our room. This was SO very helpful when trying to decide on paint colors and where to place things. It just helped me see her whole concept and made me feel really at ease with what she was doing with our room. Then she put together a resource guide for me to use when putting together the room. The guide had everything from a variety of paint colors, a few buffet options and accessories that I could get now that were within my budget, to what to look out for in the future when I was ready to (and could afford to) add a few more pieces in the mix.
Becky took ALL the design work off my plate but still left me with options that made me feel like I had a say in the way our room looks today. I think that’s so important when working with a designer on anything (interior, web, clothing…etc) – I hate losing myself to the designers style or preferences. She answered all of my million questions and offered her opinion when I needed a little help with picking out small details. She even entertained countless texts on buffets I saw online (and gave an honest opinion about all of them) and did a happy dance right along with me when I found a good deal. You can see Becky’s recap of the design here.
Thanks to Becky my dining room looks straight out of a magazine. I pinch myself daily- I can’t believe this room is in MY house. Her design and the way it came together far exceeded my expectations for this room. I’m still doing a happy dance and it’s been a few weeks since it was “done”.
One thing I really appreciated is that Becky kept the surrounding areas of my home in mind. I was able to send her the colors and pictures of our foyer, hallway and kitchen area and she created a room that blends right into the rest of our home (another worry I had with working with a designer).
Another thing I really appreciated was Becky’s willingness to not only work within my budget but help me find pieces that were far under. My goal was to refinish a buffet because we couldn’t afford to buy new. Becky literally searched on Craigslist for me to try and find something. When neither one of us could find something she told me exactly what to look for in terms of style and size for our room. I ended up finding this beauty on another Facebook yard sale page. Becky picked out a chalk paint color for us and I found some hand painted knobs while we were in AZ. This is, by far, my favorite piece of furniture in our house.
Becky picked out these frames for me at Target and suggested I put in black and white pictures or art. Can you guess the movie? I picked up the rest of the accessories from Home Goods. Becky was very detailed in what I should look for and where I could get great deals.
I know you are dying to know how much the room cost. I’m dying to tell you! Let’s break it down:
Before Becky’s help:
Yard sale find Pottery Barn table + chalk paint = $75.
Restoration Hardware Outlet Chairs = $55 x 6 ($330 – our biggest splurge)
Board and Batten supplies plus paint = $250
Target gold mirrors = not sure
Wall color (above board and batten) = $40
Large glass vase from Home Goods = $9 (seriously I did a little dance about it)
Small floral vase from Home Goods = $9
Olive Branch from Wayfair = $12
Chandelier from Wayfair = $124
Lamps from Target = $56 x 2 ($112 total)
Gold frames from Target = $19 x 2 ($38 total)
Curtain rods and window treatments from Home Goods = $35 total
Rug from Wayfair = $165
Yard sale buffet plus chalk paint and hand painted knobs= $80
Becky did our ENTIRE room for $624 and we could have technically been under $500 if I would have settled for keeping our existing rug. The entire room was done around $1,200 which is insane considering that we would have paid that for JUST the board and batten had we hired it out.
I’m so glad to check this room off my done list. Only one more room downstairs to complete and our main floor will be DONE. It’s going to be a beast though- our office. I’m going to be painting the kids rooms and hopefully our bedroom this summer just to avoid thinking about it for awhile. I’ll leave the hard stuff for the fall.
Obviously I can’t say enough good things about Becky. She’s a down to earth person, a fantastic friend, a talented designer and such a fun person to follow online. Check out her web page at Homestead 128 and I’d encourage you to follow her on Facebook , Instagram and Pinterest. She posts many affordable and unique design ideas that you can implement in your own home, but if you need design help definitely reach out to her. She has a variety of interior design packages from a full service solution (like we did with my dining room) to a paint color consultation only. Her prices are affordable and her services are top notch.
Thanks so much Becky, I adore you!!