Let the Dining Room Decorating Begin!

This last dining room wall… what a jerk.

No, wait… I don’t think that accurately describes how I felt trying to finish this thing.

Thaaaaat’s more like it.

It took FOREVER to finish. Between losing steam, losing patience, and running out of beer, this damn wall refused to be conquered for the longest time. But, as most things happen in this house, with enough swearing and sanding, my dining room is now 100% painted. I’m taking some detailed step-by-step photos while I finish up the kitchen walls using the same bubble-limiting technique, so I’ll have a full tutorial ready for you in the next couple of weeks.

But finishing this wall also means that it’s finally time to move the furniture back in, and see if my original design plan will look as good in real life as it did in my head.

dining room mood board

First things first: I need to figure out what’s going to hang on this wall. (By the way, for paint and color details, see this post.)

At the start, I was thinking about something abstract, perhaps a little girly, watercolory, and bright, like this print (found on Pinterest, of course). Since everything else in the room is going to be somewhat monochromatic, I thought a big splash of color across the largest wall could break things up.


I eventually managed to track down the original source (tip: using this site helps you do a reverse image search), but don’t see that it’s available for sale. Even if it were, I doubt that I would have been able to get it in the size I need (this wall is begging for something BIG). So, I guess I’m going to have to figure out something myself, which is how this made its way downstairs:

This is a canvas I had in my office closet for a few years (I sometimes pick one up if there is a 50% off sale at one of the craft stores), but it was never painted. I think if I have two of them side by side, the proportions will be just right and eye-catching for the room (this wall is also the farthest corner still visible from my entryway, so I want something that will pull the eye all the way back to this point, consequently making the house appear a tad larger*…).

I am on the hunt for some new inspiration, but I haven’t yet felt that aha moment. One of the things that caught my eye though:

@AliceLaneHome on Instagram

For my dining room, I think this choice would be all wrong, but I’m definitely drawn to it. Open to any suggestions you have as well, of course (keep in mind that almost all of the other elements in the above mood board have stayed the same). Thanks!


*No earthly idea if that’s actually true. But I like to pretend I’m a designer sometimes. #fakeittilyoumakeit

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