and this is how the dining room looks as of now!
The table was made from reclaimed wood that cost $10 and it is so huge that we can fit a lot of people. The vases were vintage $5 finds at a local antique shop. One cost that shocked me was the price of candles!!!! I sort of thought it was nuts and there must me some shortage of wax for as much as some places wanted! So I searched and searched. Then I found a GREAT deal at Ikea for these creamy white candles. They are unscented which is a must to use while eating dinner with them lit....can you imagine smelling a Gardenia scented candle while eating roasted chicken? Yuk! Our chairs are white which scares most people...however the covers are easily removable which means I can bleach them or eventually dye them or use them as a pattern to recover them with some other fabric. We got the chairs on sale at Ikea for $60 a piece and they just felt so perfect for the table. To replace the cover it is only $10. My favorite part of the dining room is when you take away the linens, vases, cookbooks & flowers it is a simple, subtle and neutral pallet. (Which is awesome when I am hosting a Halloween party, Thanksgiving dinner, or just a Sunday afternoon ice-cream social.) So this is our latest house proud moment (shout out to Liz for the Nate tag line)! Do any of you have any items that are a must for your dining room??? Let me know, I would love to hear from you!