In this post: Our wee little dining room gets a makeover.

Once upon a time, a young family bought their dream house on a quiet little dead-end street. It was the perfect size and in good shape for its age. There was just the right number of rooms and the house had a unique yet functional layout.

Cottage farmhouse style dining room progress

One of the most-used spaces for this family was the dining room (eating in daily, homeschooling, hosting family events). However it required a lot of love before it could be the space the family envisioned.

This isn’t the first time we’ve shown you our dining room. It’s come a long way in just over a year. 

dining room progression

The very first thing I did was to paint the room in my favorite color – Sherwin Williams Analytical Grey. It’s a little grey and a little taupe. So basically a warm gray with zero blue undertones. Not that blue is bad. It’s just not the type of grey I wanted.

After building our last dining room table (and then selling it with our old house!), we knew we wanted to build a farmhouse table for this dining room too. We finally got to it after eight months of eating off of a folding plastic table.

In the fall we added a thrifted hutch, changed out the chairs (the eiffel chairs now live around the games table in the family room) and laid new hand-scraped laminate flooring. By Christmas the dining room finally felt nice and cozy.

But when the tree and all the trimmings came down, there was something missing. There was no personality.  The room just wasn’t finished.

Until this past week when Dean installed floor-to-ceiling faux board and batten (which I then painted). We used the same method as at our old house, but this time we used pre-primed mdf instead of unfinished finger-joint pine.


We kept the chalkboard wall, I just freshened it up a bit with a new saying.


chalkboard wall

And I added a little spring decor. (Because it’s still freaking cold and snowy outside!)





Now our dining room reminds me of a cottage or farmhouse up north. Or a little shop in Muskoka.




And I finally feel like it’s finished. Which is the nicest feeling of all.


Cottage Farmhouse Dining Room Sources:

  • Farmhouse Dining Table – Build Post here, Whitewash Finish here
  • Metal Chairs – The Home Depot
  • Whicker Chairs – The Home Depot (no longer available)
  • Chandelier – kijiji, but also available at The Home Depot
  • Hutch – kijiji, Paint Tutorial here
  • Buffet – Habitat for Humanity Restore
  • Drop Cloth Curtains – tutorial here
  • Placemats – Urban Barn
  • Chargers – Kitchen Stuff Plus
  • White Dishes – Homesav
  • Green and Blue Dishes – Homesense
  • Garden Cages (centre of table) – Homesense
  • Three-Tier Dessert Stand – Superstore
  • Glass Cake Stand – Canadian Tire
  • Cream Colored Oval Tray – Ikea
  • Black Candle Sticks – Debbie Travis, Canadian Tire
  • XOXO Burlap Banner – tutorial here
  • Blessed Nest Art Prints – Lucy, Craftberry Bush
  • Frames – Michael’s
  • Flooring – Sandy Hills Hickory Laminate, Lumber Liquidators
  • Paint – Analytical Grey, Sherwin Williams
Linking up to East Coast Creative’s Creating with the Stars. We’re link #225.
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home made lovely book on table with get it now text button

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  1. Shannon, i love what you did to the walls!! You are superwoman…last week, bare walls, this week…..magic!!

  2. Shannon, i love what you did to the walls!! You are superwoman…last week, bare walls, this week…..magic!!

  3. Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous! I love the new board and batten – and the table and chairs are exactly what I would love to have…. I love the fresh hits of colour on the table and how it relates so well to your living room and mantel.

    1. Thank you all SO much! We are really loving the room now. It’s finally the cozy space we wanted. xo

  4. Gorgeous! I love it!
    PS…If you are ever in the area again please visit us (your whole homeschooling family that is) and I’ll feed you, the only thing I ask in return is for your opinion on what I can do with a couple of our rooms 🙂

    1. I’m looking forward to that! We had my sis and family over this weekend and the kids ate in there all weekend while the adults ate in the living room! Easier to contain 5 kids’ mess in the dining room. 🙂

  5. How BEAUTIFUL !!!
    Your table is just gorgeous – and your design taste is sheer perfection –
    ( love love love your hutch too ! )
    Visiting from Uncommon Design

  6. Love, love, love your dining room!! I really love the chandalier, but could not locate on Home Depot website.

    1. The link goes directly to the chandelier on the Home Depot Canada site. You may have to do a little more searching around to find it on the US site. 🙂

  7. Goodness, Girl! We really need to have a coffee date soon down here at my house (where YES… it’s still WINTER), so that you can begin redecorating for me. Of course I’ll be there to clap for you, as you make good progress, and I’ll hold your cup of Starbucks coffee when you kneed to get down on your hands and knees and paint baseboard! I love your house… and yes… I’m still kind of blog-stalking you. Now… seeing your gorgeous dining room is going to motivate me to go clean my kitchen up from the breakfast tornado that went through it with two boys this morning! Have a happy Monday, and I love your dining room!

    1. Oh Jedi Mama! You make me giggle! I love your comments. 😉 And I hear you on the cleaning up the kitchen disaster…I love that my kids are big enough to help or do food themselves…but the mess afterwards! Ack! 🙂

  8. Found you thru your link on East Coast Creative.Love your style! Nothing is match-poo and even on a limited colour palette, there are so many textures and contrasts in styles that it is just perfection in my humble opinion! New follower!

  9. Shannon,

    Love this my wonderful friend!!!!!!!!! You go girl! Thanks for linking up to the party and I just pinned to the BHG board!

    Happy day to you!

  10. The transformation makes the house feel so cozy! Beautiful transformation, I love it!

    Coordinately Yours,


  11. I thought I liked the white faux board and batten look, but this is amazing. Just beautiful! I wish I could do the same, but our walls are orange peel texture and our dining area and kitchen are open to each other just enough that there isn’t a good end point to stop. Love it-you have incredible vision!!