Happy dining room summer tour day
I’m so excited to be joining Marty and friends to share some summer ideas and inspiration.
Today is all about the dining room–the give a mouse a cookie edition.
You see. I went shopping at a yard sale and found some plates and that inspired a mini-celebration for the twins’ first good grade on a summer school test which inspired a trip to Trader Joe’s and the first peonies of the season which inspired these flower arrangements which inspired this table setting which inspired this FREE DIY charger project.
Did you follow that?
It’s a little extra.
Just like me.
Let’s take a tour of the dining room. I have some fun budget decorating tips and DIY’s just for you.
The dining room in our home is just across the way from the dining room.
It’s behind this set of vintage french doors.
And if you opened the doors?
You’d see this.
It’s the dining room set for a party.
The flower arrangements? They are made with peonies and hydrangeas from Trader Joe’s.
Budget Decorating Tip 1:
If you are making an arrangement like that with a wide mouth vase? Just make a grid on the top with scotch tape.
Here’s a close-up of the walls in the dining room next to the lamps.
You can see the texture up close.
Budget Decorating Tip 2:
Create a faux finish on your walls with drywall mud and a comb. Yep. A comb. That’s what made the ridges and texture on the walls.
These chairs were so inexpensive and I LOVE the pop of pattern against the dark wood.
They came from Wayfair, but they needed a little something to make them stand out.
Budget Decorating Tip 3:
Add buttons to the back of your chairs. This is a NO-SEW project. You can see how I covered the buttons and attached them to the chairs.
See those peonies in the arrangement.
Whenever I buy peonies they are always so closed up and take forever to open (sometimes they never open).
Budget Decorating Tip 4:
It’s easy to get them to open if you know this peony-opening tip.
Here’s my favorite budget summer decorating tip of all.
I made them for FREE.
And here’s the step-by-step how I DIY’d them.
DIY FABRIC CHARGERS
- Trace a circle onto cardboard with a pencil.
- Cut it out.
- Cut out a circle of fabric.
- Place the cardboard circle onto the wrong side of the fabric.
- Glue in place with hot glue.
- Your chargers are ready to use.
- You can also add Mod Podge to the top of the charger to make it easier to clean stains.
I hope you enjoyed this dining room tour.
For the next stop on the tour?
Be sure and check out my friend Kristen from White Arrows Home.
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