Our dining room has become a compilation of various projects over the past year. It has become the showcase for a completed line of designs built with blood, sweat, and tears. And also dark walnut wood.
With each project, we were able to move from furniture and décor we purchased on Craigslist during college and in our early years of marriage to having unique pieces that share our story. Our hope is that others can learn from us, create spaces that tell their story, and utilize functional home décor pieces that fit their budget, needs, and personal design preferences.
It all started with updating our dining table from a small pub-style table to a long standard height dining table that is more appropriate for our growing family. Plus, it allowed us the space to host guests or family. See more details about these awesome cast iron legs and beautiful walnut chairs in the blog.
Once our table was complete, we felt that we needed to create pieces that could help the functional furniture fit together with decorative pieces too. We built custom terrariums about 3-4 years ago that were white washed oak. We loved them so much that we decided to trade them out for more dark walnut pieces in order to match our table. Our dark walnut hanging succulent holders are a great DIY project for beginners and for experienced woodworkers.
Next, we needed to fill some of our wall large wall space. We had a goal of tying in more of the dark walnut theme with décor that could be versatile based on the season. Since we don't have many large wall spaces in our home, we also don't have many photos of our family. This became our spot to meet all of those goals. We saw some ideas on Pinterest for making floating canvas frames, but none were as versatile as we wanted them to be. We built these with the idea that we could rotate family photos in as the kids grow or so that we can have neutral photos or seasonal photos that we can use yearly.
If you have seen some of our other wall art designs, you might know that Sydney loves to work with chevron and herringbone patterns. She wanted to include one of these patterns to dress up the modern straight lines of many of the others pieces. She played around with a few ideas before building this footed serve stand.
We decided that we loved the serve stand so much, that we wanted to incorporate a dark walnut utensil holder in our kitchen to pair with the wood pieces that we built for the dining room. More details on this one to be posted soon.
One of the biggest challenges that we had in the entire process of building pieces for our dining room was rebuilding an empire dresser to become a storage cabinet for glassware. This cabinet has quite the story and turned out to be beautiful and functional. Take a look at the empire rebuild blog to learn more about the reconstruction of this antique.
Josh and Sydney are life adventurers that love to learn and create. We are exact opposites and enjoy gaining new perspective. Our home is where our varying personalities shine, and we use it to gather our friends and family together.