#ICantEven #BigLots #CollectiveBias.
I’m slowly but surely getting to the point where our temporary living quarters – aka the apartment- is looking less like a blank slate and more like a cozy little home.
Today I’m super excited to be sharing our dining room makeover with you! I say dining room but it’s technically more a corner of a larger room that’s also our kitchen and living area. Some may call it more of a dining nook. Better than nothing I say!
When Big Lots tasked me with making over my dining room using only products from their stores, I had no idea what to expect, because I had never bought furniture there before. BUT …SHUT THE FRONT DOOR…you are going to be so surprised at my finds! I literally started with nothing (no table, no chairs, nada) and made over the entire space for less than $800 (including tax!).
And I’m loving’ it. And like, I can’t even believe it.
Here’s what we started with – blank walls and a pub style dining set that we purchased from Big Lots:
My husband loves this table and chairs set. It’s masculine enough for him. I like the leather seats because they are easy to wipe down and the chair backs are very supportive. Yes, I’m a 90 year woman. Don’t judge.
Design Tip #1: Pick something you love and decorate around it, i.e. use it as your starting point.
This can be your dining table set, a piece of art or some other accessory. I’m starting with my new table and chairs and neutral walls. I’m loving the wood tones of the table, so I want to play those up with some rustic, natural elements.
The best thing about this apartment is the amazing high ceilings. Our last house had 7 foot ceilings, which are certainly on the lower end of ceiling heights but these ceilings are 12 feet! I’m so amazed at what this does to make the small space seem so much bigger. However, I’m also not used to decorating so much wall space so that has been a new challenge for me.
Design Tip #2: Adding art and other accessories to a wall is always a sure-fire way to jazz up a space and make it look cozy.
I’ve complemented the wood tones of the table with varying other wood tones in the art.
Just like in my old house, I just can’t seem to get away from using a pop of teal or turquoise!
In additon to the wooden wall art, I’ve added a (faux) metal clock and some cute wall vases.
Design Tip #3: Add a centerpiece
The next thing you will want to do is add something to your table. Some sort of centerpiece always looks amazing. It can be simple or elaborate, but add something!
Since it’s autumn, I chose to add some pumpkins – again keeping with the rustic and natural, this time showcasing some burlap – as well as a yummy creme brulee scented candle from the Paula Deen range at Big Lots. Isn’t that the cutest candle jar ever?
Trays are great to have. I don’t think you can ever have enough. They are functional but also just corralling everything onto a tray suddenly brings cohesion to a centerpiece. I think this wire tray is just darling and would be perfect in a kitchen or on a coffee table, too!
Design Tip #4: Embrace the colors you love but keep it cohesive!
Now, I don’t have dishes and flatware on display at all times. That would be silly when there’s a 10 month old baby who grabs everything. But if you really want to enhance your space, it looks great. Again, the turquoise makes an appearance. It’s a slightly different shade this time but works wonderfully with the colors already in play in the artwork.
FYI, the color is called Brianna Blue and it’s also available in greige.
On the opposite wall I wanted a way to showcase my new dishes. Also, we don’t have a mantel in the apartment, so I was looking for a piece of furniture that would display items that I previously would have put on my mantel.
Design Tip #5: Purchase furniture that is both beautiful and functional and you’ll never regret it!
How awesome is this red buffet that I found at Big Lots? It’s got the rustic charm that I’m all about these days and is very functional (style and selection vary by store). It’s got glass doors so that I can proudly display my blue dishes and has tons of space on top for frames and other decorative items.
This time I started designing the space with something I had already made, my Festive Fall Centerpiece. I added some artwork above it and then decorated around it with items that would tie in with the opposite wall – a wooden lantern, some wood & metal coasters and my framed Give Thanks printable.
The first day that I went to Big Lots to scout their items, I spotted this red console/buffet (whatever you want to call it!). I instantly knew I had to have it. It was calling me to me “Take me home! Take me home!”
There was 4 in stock at my local store and I didn’t have my husband with me so I figured I’d go back the following weekend to get one. Of course, when I returned they were ALL gone. The poor guy working in the store was so nice and called a bajillion other stores for me until he found a store that still had 4 left. Luckily, it was pretty close and they were able to hold one for me. When I got there, they had just sold out of the remaining 3.
I guess I picked a pretty popular item! Bonus tip: Grab it before it’s gone :-)
Can you even believe how great this room looks? Let’s be honest – Big Lots is AWESOME! I love it. I dig it. And I know you will too!
Oh, and this is how I felt when I had finished putting the room together:
Do you have a room in your house that could use a refresh? Tell me all about it in the comments!