Hey friends! Today is a special day at Chatfield Court because I’m hosting a small home tour, All Through the House Holiday Home Tour, with four of my blogging friends. 

A holiday home tour with 4 blogging friends where I'm sharing our pretty Christmas dining room.

Everyone is so busy this time of year so we decided to keep things simple and have a one day tour. For today only, each of us will be sharing a special room in our home all dressed for the holidays in the hopes of inspiring you as you decorate your own home. 

If you’re visiting from Exquisitely Unremarkable, welcome! Love Kim’s pretty cottage family room but it’s especially beautiful during the holidays. 

The space I’m sharing today is our Christmas dining room. Last year was the first time we spent the holidays in our cottage and it didn’t take long to realize our tree would have to be set up in the dining room.
 
A holiday home tour with 4 other bloggers where I'm sharing our Christmas dining room, decorated with rustic glam touches.
 
In the other homes we’ve lived in I always had our tree in the living room, so having it in here took some getting used to. We love it though. Our kitchen and dining area is our favorite space in our house so it seems like the tree is exactly where it should be.
 
A holiday home tour with 4 blogging friends where I'm sharing our Christmas dining room, decorated with natural elements and rustic glam touches.
 
We’ve made quite a few changes to this space since the last time we decorated for Christmas. I’ve painted the walls, painted the windows black and replaced our big oak table with an awesome antique teak table (a $50 find).
 
A holiday home tour where I'm sharing our Christmas dining room, decorated with natural elements and rustic glam touches.
 
 
 
A holiday home tour with 4 of my blogging friends. I'm sharing our Christmas dining room, decorated with natural elements and rustic glam touches.

 

I also made a change with our holiday decor this year. I usually go with traditional red but decided to go in a different direction.
 

A holiday home tour with 4 blogging friends where I'm sharing our Christmas dining room, decorated with natural elements, mercury glass and rustic glam touches.

 
You may be able to spy one little peak of red in the tree. It’s our Santa ornament, the very first Christmas decoration I bought when we were newly married, so it had to make an appearance. Other than that, no red (not in this room anyway 😉 ).
 
A holiday home tour with 4 blogging friends where I'm sharing our Christmas dining room, decorated with lots of natural elements and rustic glam touches.
 
A holiday home tour with 4 blogging friends where I'm sharing our Christmas dining room, decorated with wood elements and rustic glam touches.
 
Instead I went for a rustic glam look with gold, silver, black and some rustic wood touches. It was a big change (for me) but I like the way it turned out. I even tucked in an extra piece of live cedar garland to add a little life to my faux tree.
 
I’ve always used traditional colors, red and green, so it took me longer than I’d hoped to put this together. I fiddled with the tree for quite a while until I was satisfied with the way it looked.
 
A holiday home tour with 4 blogging friends where I'm sharing our Christmas dining room tree, decorated with natural elements and rustic glam touches.
 
The tree skirt I would normally use is red, so I picked up a piece of faux fur from Joann Fabrics and laid it under the tree. It adds to the glam look. Love it! 
 
A holiday home tour with 4 blogging friends where I'm sharing our pretty Christmas dining room, decorated with simple natural elements and rustic glam farmhouse touches.
 
A bit of live greenery here and there really made a huge difference in turning this space into a festive Christmas dining room.
 
A holiday home tour with 4 blogging friends where I'm sharing our Christmas cottage dining room, decorated with natural elements and rustic glam touches.
 
A holiday home tour with 4 blogging friends where I'm sharing our Christmas dining room, decorated with natural elements and rustic glam farmhouse touches.
 
 
A holiday home tour with 4 blogging friends where I'm sharing our Christmas cottage dining room, decorated with natural elements and rustic glam farmhouse touches.
 
I’m so glad I went for a different look this year. I love how it turned out and we’re really enjoying our space. 
 
A one day holiday home tour with 4 blogging friends where I'm sharing our Christmas cottage dining room, decorated with natural elements and rustic glam touches.
 
 
A holiday house tour with 4 blogging friends where I'm sharing our Christmas cottage dining room, decorated with natural elements and rustic glam touches.
 
A holiday home tour with 4 blogging friends where I'm sharing our pretty Christmas dining room, decorated with simple natural elements and rustic glam touches.
 
Happy Holidays!!!
 
Next up is Randi, Dukes and Duchesses, and her beautiful kitchen dressed for the holidays. 
 
Make sure you head to the other blogs to see how they decorated their spaces for the holidays. I still have our kitchen, living room, bedroom, sunroom and front porch to share. I’ve been hard at work getting them ready for the holidays and I can’t wait to share.
 
Thanks so much for touring with us! 
 

 

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Holiday Home Tour - Christmas Dining Room A holiday home tour where I'm sharing our Christmas dining room, decorated with simple natural elements and rustic glam touches.

You can check out last year’s home tour to see how different it is, here.

Simple Christmas home tour of a 1946 stone cottage.

 

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Hello and happy Monday! I hope you all had a wonderful Mother’s Day! I had every intention of sharing our small dining area updates with you on Friday but was having some internet issues (which included a transfer of service). It’s always such a hassle to go through the process of switching providers but we’re up and running and all seems well. 

I know I just shared our dining area makeover in March, but we ended up making a few updates and wanted to share them with you. One update was easy, and free, but the other one was a little more involved.

This is where we were in March. 

A small dining area makeover | Chatfield Court

A much needed makeover for a small dining area | Chatfield Court

I loved our makeover but, once I saw the photos, I just felt like something was off. 

Although the chairs looked big compared to the table, my eye went right to the rug. I always loved it but it suddenly looked wrong.

An easy enough fix, all I had to do was remove the rug to see how I liked it.   

I did look into getting a bigger rug, round and square, but neither would work in this small dining area.

Updating a small dining area by removing a rug that is too small for the space. Chatfield Court

Removing the rug was a welcome change so, after it was gone, I kept going and moved the chairs around. I had an extra x-back chair that I purchased when we lived in Illinois, so I added it to the table. We lived with it for a few days and then I added another lone wooden chair I had in storage. This one was a bit darker than the x-back chair and I knew immediately that it wasn’t right.

A rare photo of our cute creative director hard at work. 😉

Mr. Finley steps in to help update a small dining area by removing a rug that is too small for the space. Chatfield Court

Cuteness aside…

I liked the scale of the x-back chair and the fact that it gave me more room to walk around the table. After thinking about it for a week, I decided to order 3 more chairs to replace the slipcovered chairs. I figured I could sell the 4 slipcovered chairs to cover the cost of the new ones.

A few updates in our small dining area, including the addition of new dining chairs and the removal of a well-used jute rug. Chatfield Court

Once the new chairs were delivered, I moved everything around and lived with different configurations for several days (Rome wasn’t built in a day). 😉

In the end, I liked the combo, 2 of the slipcovered and 2 of the x-back chairs. The other 2 x-back chairs flank the buffet. Each chair got a pretty pillow for some much needed color. 

Working on a few updates in a small dining area, including the addition of new dining chairs and the removal of a well-used jute rug. Chatfield Court

One other update I made was the addition of 2 vegetable canvases, hung in the corner. I like how they fill the corner and balance the shelves that are on the opposite side of the big casement window. 

Working on a few updates in a small dining area, including the addition of new dining chairs, 2 veggie canvases on the wall and the removal of a well-used jute rug. Chatfield Court

Working on a few updates in a small dining area, including the addition of red roses, new dining chairs and the removal of a well-used jute rug. Chatfield Court

I thought it was a bit strange to have 2 totally different style chairs but I think this works for us and our space. After all, that’s why we decorate our homes, right? To have a pretty and comfortable space we can live in and enjoy.

Working on a few updates in a kitchen and small dining area, including the addition of new dining chairs and the removal of a well-used jute rug. Chatfield Court

My plan to sell the slipcovered chairs didn’t exactly work out but, as you know, things can quickly change around here.

Working on a few updates in a small dining area, including the addition of fresh flowers, new dining chairs and the removal of a well-used jute rug. Chatfield Court

I’m happy with the way it looks now. Would you like to know how the hubs feels about the changes?

He’s thrilled that he can push his chair in and out without it getting caught on the rug.

Men! (she says as she rolls her eyes) 😉

Ok, now it’s on to the living room. I pinky promise! 

Check out a couple of other projects we did to give our small dining area a makeover.

Easy DIY open shelving n a kitchen and dining area for under $50. A great and inexpensive way to add storage to a small space. Chatfield Court

DIY Open Shelving

Adding farmhouse charm to a small dining area by painting old casement windows black. Chatfield Court

Painted Black Window Frames

 

DINING AREA SOURCES

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  • White cabinet – bought from local seller in Illinois; painted with BM White Dove 
  • Wooden lamps – Pier 1 (affiliate link) no longer on their website
  • Wooden bowl – thrift store
  • Ironstone pitcher – Etsy
  • Tobacco basket – antique/flea market
  • Small wooden stool with dipped legs – Serena and Lily (affiliate link)
  • 2 tiered tray – World Market (affiliate link)
  • Bar stools – Target (affiliate link)
  • Pedestal dining table – bought from local online seller
  • Pendant light – boutique in North Carolina
  • Round jute rug – Overstock (affiliate link)
  • Slipcovered dining chairs – Pottery Barn (years ago)
  • Wooden buffet – bought years ago from furniture store in Georgia
  • Fiddle leaf fig – Home Depot
  • Woven shades – Blinds.com
  • X-back chairs – Restoration Hardware 

 

 

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A quick dining room makeover on a budget.

small dining room makeover with round wood table and 4 chairs on jute rug

We have been in our stone cottage for 9 months now and, although none of the rooms are complete, our small dining area is as put together as it’s going to get (at least for now). The kitchen and dining area are attached but the kitchen isn’t quite ready for its photo op, so we’ll just tour the new and improved dining area.

This is how the space looked before we moved our stuff in. Pale yellow walls and a light fixture that was barely hanging on, literally.

Small dining area makeover | Chatfield Court

The previous owner had window blinds in every window of the house, and they were all in rough shape. Can you see that little hook in the ceiling by the big window? Yeah, they were all over the house too.

In every room…

Some of the rooms had several.

Not a huge deal but they were unsightly, in my eyes anyway, and kind of a pain to fix. (Clearly they were a huge deal to me. 😉 )

The room had great bones. There’s nice crown molding and the walls were freshly painted before the previous owners put the house on the market. It was in decent shape, but it needed a bit of updating and a new coat of paint (something other than yellow).

The first thing I did was to fix and paint the walls. Our house is 70 years old with plaster walls which means that every time you want to hang something, or remove it, you end up with a pretty big, nasty hole. Once the holes were fixed, I moved on to paint. I used Benjamin Moore Paper White, which is a very pale gray.

Small dining area makeover | Chatfield Court

All of the walls in the house are smooth except for the ones around the fireplace. Not sure why they used these textured wall boards but someone thought they were a good idea. I’m not a fan and, besides my major dislike, they are tough to paint. I’m so glad they didn’t use it throughout the whole house.

Small dining area makeover | Chatfield Court

I didn’t have a huge block of time to paint the whole room (dining and kitchen) at once so I did one wall at a time. We also worked on electrical outlets and light switches when we did each wall. With this old house came some pretty grungy looking switches. They were dirty and painted over in the whole house so, as we do a room, they also get changed (and checked to make sure they are safe).

Another fix was the old door bell box. It was a real eyesore. We haven’t been able to get the old door bell to work since we moved in so we ended up buying a wireless one. The old box was still attached in the dining area so I removed it, fixed the giant-sized holes, and painted the wall. It’s so nice to sit down to eat and not look up at that old, ugly box.

Small dining area makeover | Chatfield Court

Another change we made to the room was the hanging light fixture. The one that we adopted when we moved in was ok but not my style. It was also barely hanging on so this was a project we tackled right after we moved in.

I found this beauty in a little boutique on a trip to the coast. The hubs wasn’t sold on it but I loved it right away. In my book, that usually means it’s the right choice. The reclaimed barn wood shelves on the far wall are a new addition to this room too. I shared all the details about how we made them, and what was there before in another post.

Once the walls were painted, I moved to the old casement windows. I just recently finished painting them black and I love them! You can check out the before and after, here.

The dirty, old blinds were also replaced with a gorgeous woven shade. It doesn’t block the view or the light but it does add texture and warmth to the window.

The vintage dresser turned storage cabinet stayed in it’s original spot and I hung my tobacco basket back up. I did get 2 new lamps and added this old wooden bowl that I found at a thrift store.

Awesome small dining area decor ideas! Turning a boring space into a welcoming dining room with paint and rustic farmhouse touches. | Chatfield Court

Awesome dining area decor ideas! Turning a boring space into a welcoming dining room with paint and rustic farmhouse touches. | Chatfield Court

A recent addition to this space is the pedestal dining table. I had a solid oak table in here, that I’ve had for years, and I was just getting ready to refinish it when I found this one for $50. It’s a vintage solid teak table that was brought over from Indonesia with the woman who owned it. It has a some issues but the wood is gorgeous and it really is a better fit. The chairs seem a bit big compared to the table so they may get changed down the road, but they’re ok for right now.

Awesome small dining area decor ideas! Turning a small, boring space into a welcoming dining room with paint, new lighting and rustic farmhouse touches. | Chatfield Court

This corner of the room has stayed the same since we moved in. I putz around with the decor on the buffet a lot and I’ve been having fun changing the chalkboard art. Don’t worry, I am under no illusions that I am a great artist. 😉

Awesome small dining area decor ideas! Turning a small, boring space into a welcoming dining room with paint and rustic farmhouse touches. | Chatfield Court

I think we’ve covered every inch of the dining room. It feels good to finally have a space done. There’s still a few things I need to address, like the chairs and fixing the table, but I love this space and I’m thrilled with the way it turned out.

Thanks for stopping by. Hope you have a great week!

Dining Room Sources

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  • White cabinet – bought from local seller in Illinois; painted with BM White Dove
  • Wooden lamps – Pier 1 (affiliate link) no longer on their website
  • Wooden bowl – thrift store
  • Ironstone pitcher – Etsy
  • Tobacco basket – antique/flea market
  • White and black striped pillow cover – Etsy
  • Small wooden stool with dipped legs – Serena and Lily (affiliate link)
  • 2 tiered tray – World Market (affiliate link)
  • Bar stools – Target (affiliate link)
  • Pedestal dining table – bought from local online seller
  • Pendant light – boutique in North Carolina
  • Round jute rug – Overstock (affiliate link)
  • Dining chairs – Pottery Barn (years ago)
  • Dried seed pod – Terrain (affiliate link)
  • Chalkboard – DIY by me (made from old dresser mirror)
  • Large glass jar – Ballard Designs
  • Wooden buffet – bought years ago from furniture store in Georgia
  • Fiddle leaf fig – Home Depot
  • Woven shades – Blinds.com

Check out a few DIY projects from this space…

Turn a beautiful vintage mirror into a cool kitchen chalkboard with paint. Love this DIY! | Chatfield CourtVintage Mirror to Kitchen Chalkboard

Painted black window frames in the kitchen | Chatfield Court

Painted Black Window Frames

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