Friday, September 13, 2013

Dining Room Makeover

The good thing about having a Home Study is that it forces you to spruce things up around the home.  Last week we decided {and by we I mean I decided and Nathan begrudgingly complied} to re-do the dining room wall.  I didn't take a before, but we had a big painting and wrought iron sconces with turquoise candles.

It was lovely.

In 2005.

It was a little dated now. 

But, as you know, we are in the middle of an adoption and therefore saving pennies, so I didn't want to spend money on this makeover.

Here's what it looks like now:

So here's what I did.

First of all, I had this frame that I bought at Ikea for $19 about five years ago:

I think they still sell it.  Way back then I had the mats custom made for the frame at Aaron Brothers.  If I'm remembering correctly, the mats were more expensive than the frame, but it's a great way to fancy up a cheap frame.

I used to have one of our wedding pictures in this frame, but let's just say I'm not a huge fan of the way I looked on our wedding day.  I loved everything about my wedding... except my dress.  I hated my dress.  That's a long story for another day.  I just mention it to say that I wasn't sad to get rid of that picture. 

We recently had a family photo shoot with our favorite photographer {and Nathan's cousin} Adriana of Adriana Laura Photography + Design, and I was so excited that we got some shots of just the two of us.  They are my favorite pictures of us that I have ever had in the eighteen years that we have been together.  {Maybe that's because I love him more now that I ever did before.  And I say that because it's truth, not to be sappy.}  So I ordered a 12 x 18 print of my very favorite one for $2.99.  {Side note: Always be sure to order your prints in lustre finish.  Lustre means matte, and it will keep you from getting fingerprints all over your pictures and just looks way more professional.}  Then I added this adorable little felted ball garland that I purchased at The Queen Bee Market a couple of years ago.  I wish I could remember who I got it from.  If anyone knows, tell me and I'll add the link.

These two pieces we purchased a while ago at Home Goods:

I love the painting.  The colors are so me, and it reminds me of a painting that my parents have in their home that my Grandmother painted.  Plus I love the gold leafed edge on the frame.  I think we paid about $50 for this piece about four years ago.

The train schematic... when I saw it, I had to have it.  I don't know why.  I don't have any special attraction to trains.  It was just cool.  When I was hanging it up I noticed something brilliant!  While it looks like it is several pieces of wood put together, it's actually just a piece of plywood that they cut groves into with a circular saw.  Brilliant!  I wanna try it now.  Maybe that'll be another post another day.

This wreath is just a simple straw wreath that I bought last winter at Hobby Lobby and covered with strips of fabric:

Finally, my favorite part of the wall!  The part that represents my friends:

The painting on the left is by my friend Tiffany of Grace for Grace.  This verse holds special meaning for me, and is a big part of my testimony.  When I realized that "delighting yourself in the Lord" was the key part of this verse, not the "He will give you the desires of your heart" part, I started to learn to love God's plan for my life, even when it wasn't going the way I planned.  When you delight yourself in the Lord, wanting His plan becomes the desire of your heart.

The print in the middle is by Katie Daisy.  I have been wanting one of her pieces for a long time, and one day I saw on Instagram that she was having a sale and jumped on it.  I love this print. 

The hoops on the right are from Stephanie of Fancy That Design House.  I purchased them several weeks ago from her adoption fundraiser instasale.  I love that they represent adoption, and that I can look at them and remember to pray for Stephanie's adoption. 

So that's it.  My freebie {well, I guess it cost $2.99... and I guess if you count what I originally spent on these pieces it's about $300, but let's not do that} wall makeover. 


  1. Hi there! New follower here! I'm really enjoying your blog. My husband and I have been considering adoption and it's a very scary thing to tackle and it's so good to be able to follow along with other families. Love this makeover. It's a great inspiration to make me think about what I already have and how I can re-work it for a fresh look!

    1. Thanks so much for your comment and for following along! I LOVE to encourage others into adoption. If you ever have any questions there is a link to my email on the top right sidebar.

  2. I LOVE this. Everything about it. Once we buy a house here in WI, I'm hoping to get the blue prints of our home and have copies made to mount on our dining room walls. So, I love the train blue print. So fun!