In this post: A few weeks ago, we shared the mood board and plan for our suburban farmhouse dining room makeover. Today we’re thrilled to share the reveal with you!
This feels like the longest makeover ever. I’m totally kidding. I only say that because Dean and I have been talking about this makeover for over six months. And for a couple of people who are usually quick to plan and complete home makeovers, that’s a long time. But, now that it’s finished and we can enjoy it, we can say it was well worth the wait! Our new suburban farmhouse dining room is a beautifully comfortable space for our family to sit down to a meal together and to invite others into our home to do the same.
Suburban Farmhouse Dining Room Reveal!
If you recall, our dining room was lovely looking before. We’d recently finished painting the room in a beautiful soft grey, called Eider White by Sherwin Williams. We had also recently completed both the panel mouldings and coffered ceiling. And though we want to change the flooring eventually, we’ve had worse in previous homes, so changing that now wasn’t necessary. The space had good bones to work with.
Unfortunately, our dining room wasn’t as functional as it needed to be. The metal chairs were uncomfortable after sitting on them for only a few minutes and the design of the table left a lot to be desired in terms of putting on and taking off the extensions. Plus, there was a serious lack of storage and display space in the room for all our dishes (including my favorite Rae Dunn and Mud Pie pieces) and table linens.
Given all that, and our love for the farmhouse look, we chose to mix and match two Keswick Buffet and Hutches, the Calistoga Dining Table and six Caroline Wing Chairs from The Brick to complete our dining room.
We really did like our old dining table. But it was difficult to work with for the way our family uses our dining room. You see, for everyday use (homeschooling, lunch and dinner, playing games, plus crafts, etc.) we need a table that sits the five of us comfortably. We don’t need a huge table from Monday to Friday. But on the weekends, we frequently have friends and family visiting, so we need a larger table. Given that continual back and forth, we need to be able to make that transition from small-ish table to large and back again easily. With the Calistoga table, putting on, taking off and storing the extensions when not in use is so much easier than our old table!
Another important feature that we were looking for was rugged durability. I mean, we USE our dining room table. Like really use it. We need a table that will stand up to dishes being pushed across the surface and games of spoons being played by rowdy teenagers. And we need a surface that is easy to wipe clean too. (Did I mention rowdy teenagers?) After living with this table for a little bit already, I’m completely comfortable with how well it will hold up over time.
One of the things I like most about the table has nothing to do with function though, but rather how it looks. The finish detail and the visible wood grain are BEAUTIFUL. I mean, I liked the table when I saw it online at TheBrick.com. But I really fell in love with it when Dean and I went to see it in person at the store and I could really see the finish. Just look at the rustic detail…
When I first started looking at The Brick for the dining room makeover, the Keswick Buffet and Hutch caught my eye right away. It is like a piece we already have, but is slightly different in scale (which means it fits under our short dining room bulkheads) and includes much needed closed storage on the bottom too.
Back in the fall, when we were beginning to plan our dining room makeover the hutch was only available in the original wood color (Natural Barley), which is lovely. But when we were finally ready to order new furniture, the Dovetail Grey version was introduced. And I was smitten. It just goes SO WELL with the undertones in the Calistoga table and the overall direction we were going in the room.
And the brass handle details, bead board style back and soft grey finish on these hutches are so stunning…
Caroline Wing Chairs
The final piece of the puzzle in our suburban farmhouse dining room was the chairs. We wanted something comfortable for long dinners with friends and marathon family card games. But they needed to fit the farmhouse style we were going for too. I really, really, really wanted a wingback style chair with some sort of design detail like nail head trim or button tufting. I was over the moon when I found the Caroline Wing Chairs because they’re so perfect.
We sat down to play cards with the kids just the other day and they couldn’t stop saying how comfortable they were. I had to agree. No more numb-bum! 😂
Dean and I were also impressed with the construction of the chairs. Especially that the chair legs each attached with two bolts and lock washers, rather than just screwing on with threaded rod. That makes them much more sturdy than other dining room chairs. Plus, the legs just happen to coordinate with the Keswick hutches, tying the whole space together!
We are looking forward to many meals, games and stories shared around this table!