Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Dining Room Wall Makeover

Happy Tuesday y'all! I'm so excited to show you our updated dining room today. If you know me, or have been around the blog for any length of time you'll know that nothing in our house stays the same for very long. I'm the queen of the "little tweaks" here and there. all. the. time. Our dining room dictionary wall, however, has been displayed loud and proud for 8 or 9 years. That's a long time in Jessica land. Last week that reign came to an end. Check out our dining room update!

A dining room wall update with Spoonflower and Lamps Plus

Before Christmas, I got it in my head to change this wall. Simplify it. Freshen it up. Don't get me wrong. I LOVED the dictionary wall. It was such a conversation piece...and obviously super informative. But I started to notice it was yellowing a bit. I was seeing more crinkled pages and felt like the wall needed an update.

A dining room wall update with Spoonflower and Lamps Plus

I love it!! I'm so glad I went for it.

I thought I'd show you some old pictures of this room before I flood you with the new. First up is the wall before we even moved in. Beige and wallpapered.


To cover up the outdated wallpaper, I pasted dictionary pages over the top.

A dining room wall update with Spoonflower and Lamps Plus

This is definitely not right after that but this is the way the dining room was introduced on the blog. Everything got a coat of white paint. The vanity and the artwork around it gave a symmetrical look.  The light fixture was a DIY with an embroidery hoop and fabric and can be read about here.

A dining room wall update with Spoonflower and Lamps Plus
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A dining room wall update with Spoonflower and Lamps Plus

Then we bought a new rug to bring a bit of color into the space and I updated the light fixture with another DIY. Read about that here.

A dining room wall update with Spoonflower and Lamps Plus
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From here I felt like I wanted to bring in a bit more of a modern look. So we got new chairs (found here *aff link) and I refinished the table.

A dining room wall update with Spoonflower and Lamps Plus

That brings us to now. I was so thankful that Spoonflower said 'YES!' when I reached out to them about their beautiful wallpaper. If you don't know about Spoonflower, let me tell you. Artists and designers and anyone can upload their own designs, then those designs can be printed out on wallpaper, fabric and lots of other goodies. I worked with them for the playroom last year and used their peel and stick. It's great quality and because anyone and everyone can upload and any design can be printed, there are so many amazing patterns to choose from. (They didn't ask me to tell you any of this but I really am a fan.)

A dining room wall update with Spoonflower and Lamps Plus

For this wall I ordered water-activated wallpaper. The real deal. Now that I have experience hanging both, I can say that this kind was so much easier to work with. Yes, harder to take down someday but it was so forgiving and went on so smoothly and pretty...ly.

A dining room wall update with Spoonflower and Lamps Plus

The print is called boho_tile by Holli Zollinger.  She has a lot of designs that I loved.

A dining room wall update with Spoonflower and Lamps Plus

Lamps Plus sent me their wray black and antique brass sconces.  In my quest for simplicity, I wanted sconces to create the symmetry I love and less stuff on the walls. Not so many nail holes either.

A dining room wall update with Spoonflower and Lamps Plus

They are so pretty. The brass accents work well with the light fixture over the table and the cabinet hardware in the kitchen.

A dining room wall update with Spoonflower and Lamps Plus


A dining room wall update with Spoonflower and Lamps Plus
A dining room wall update with Spoonflower and Lamps Plus

Did you notice the new ledge I built?! To beef up the wall, I built a ledge using a 1x6 and a 1x2. I'm happy to write a tutorial if you're interested in that. You can find my picture ledge DIY here.

A dining room wall update with Spoonflower and Lamps Plus

The ledge and the art helped me to hide the sconce cords.

A dining room wall update with Spoonflower and Lamps Plus

The backs of the built ins got a light and bright coat too.

A dining room wall update with Spoonflower and Lamps Plus

The art and baskets on the ledges were all thrifted but also all pulled together while shopping our house. Always shop your house first!

A dining room wall update with Spoonflower and Lamps Plus

So that's it! It turned out exactly as I had pictured in my head. That's always a plus, right? I know the dictionary wall was a favorite but what do you think?

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6 comments:

  1. I like it. I'm not completely sold on the pattern, for my taste, but it does look pulled together. I loved the dictionary wall but sometimes it is time for a change and we only see the original, perfect version not the yellowed version! The built in really is cute.

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    1. Thanks so much Victoria! I loving the difference. feels good!

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  2. I love that your home looks like it was put together from years of collecting, not purchases from Home Good, Wayfair, etc. It is so unique and lovely!

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    1. Thank you so much for saying that! It's so important to me that it looks collected so I'm thankful it feels that way. Have a great day!

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  3. I'm loving the eclectic and collected look! The wallpaper is so pretty with the understated pattern and color. And those sconces!!! Thank for sharing at the Creative Circle Link Party! Visit again soon :)

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    1. Thank you for hosting Linda! I’m so happy with how it turned out.

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