DINING ROOM OPEN SHELVING
How long do you live in a new place before you stop saying, we just moved in? I think I’m reaching that point, after 2 1/2 years, I finally admitted that my dining room in this house was not big enough to hold the furniture from my last house. A china cabinet and a pine display cabinet have been taking up valuable real estate in my small dining room. I came up with an easy open shelving idea, plenty of storage and a light airy look.
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In the photo below you can see the elephant in the room, literally! It’s time to let the big china cabinet go. We bought it 4 houses ago and this is the first house that it wouldn’t fit in. Open shelving has been on my mind for a while now and I thought it was the perfect time to move out the over-sized china hutch and get creative with my storage situation.
I ordered two of these beautiful bookcases online at Walmart.com. The instructions were easy to follow and I put them together by myself! I did cheat a little with a battery operated screw driver.
You know how one thing leads to another, well the other is a new rug and four upholstered chairs. When you’re in the mood, go ahead and go for it! Right 😉 I’m still debating the light fixture. I love it but it might need a little spray paint. What do you think?
All Better Homes & Gardens items, click on each item:
Parsons Tufted Dining Chairs $72.00 (Mine are Gray)
Medallion Rug $94.00
Mixing in my thrifty finds and DIY projects made the room feel collected over time. My favorite look!
The details of the open shelves are beautiful. I have not seen anything like these, they are so much more than bookcases.
Click here: Better Homes & Gardens Ansley Bookcase – White – $149.00 (also comes in gray)
Click here: Better Homes & Gardens Alder 20 piece Copper Finish Flatware set – $19.00
Honestly that china cabinet wasn’t holding much. I was able to place most everything on the shelves. Seasonal items were placed in the cabinet above the refrigerator and I donated lots of stuff that I didn’t need.
All of the decor came from other places in the house. Always shop your home before making purchases. This little buffet has been in the location for a while, I just moved my chalkboard and grabbed a few things from the kitchen dining area to decorate with.
Click here: Better Homes & Gardens Mercury Glass Tray – $19.00
I set the table with my white beaded dinnerware. Everything in the space is light and bright, a perfect mix with the gray chairs and dark table (I’ve had this one for a while).
Click here: White Beaded Dinnerware $29.00
Click here: White Porcelain Pitcher $19.00
Click here: Wire Baskets $10.00
It only bugs me a little that the window isn’t centered in the room. I tried to take the attention off that but of course I had to point it out to you! Life isn’t perfect and nether is my dining room even though I love it a lot more not than I did.