Dining Room Shelves

DIY

Wow, do I have some pure eye candy to share with you today. For those of you that have been around for a while may remember when I was trying to make some wall decor decisions in my dining room. Should I add shelves? Should I add more pictures? This was two years ago. Click here if you need a refresher before continuing.

Anyway, I ultimately decided to add more pictures. You can read about that here. While that worked for me, I really regretted not having some shelf space in my dinning room. So, apparently after two years, I decided to change that.

After removing the pictures, filling in the holes, and touching up some paint, here is the before.

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I picked up some brackets and 2″x12″x8’s at Home Depot. I cut everything to length, sanded, and attached the brackets.

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Then everything got a coat of white paint. I use the latex based trim paint from Sherwin Williams in semi-gloss for all the trim in my house. I used the same for this project.

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After two coats I attached my new shelves to the walls with some screws and BAM!, new awesomeness for dining room.

I do apologize I don’t have a full tutorial for this, but I figured the process was pretty self explanatory.

Now, on to the fun part. Filling these babies with awesomeness! To show you my new shelves I created two fancy displays. The first is a coffee bar and the second is a lemonade stand. Let’s check them out!

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A natural color scheme with pops of green and yell pulls together this impromptu coffee station.

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A funnel in a stemless wine glass creates an easy and unique flower arrangement. A few snips of greenery and blossoms from the garden practically arrange themselves as stems are tucked into the narrow end of the funnel.


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A vintage wood ironing board found shopping at a local antique shop acts as a unique riser and is the centerpiece of both displays.

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Coffee beans in glass jars, more funnels, old printing blocks and a sweet little owl create interest and a bit of fun.


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Next up, my little in-house lemonade stand is all about color.

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Taking inspiration from a set of colorful bowls, splashes of red, purple, orange, and yellow were added to make this display really pop.


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Two potted purple ranunculus plucked from the garden add a natural and cost effective touch.

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Red and white striped straws in a tall drinking glass serve a purpuse and add a sense of whimsy. I love these straws!

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And, of course, there is plenty of cold lemonade with a few spare lemons for garnishing glasses or to whip up another batch should more friends arrive.

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Pretty darn cute, right?!

I know that was a lot of pictures, but lets take one more quick look. Before…

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…and after.

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I’m totally in love with my new shelves and I can’t wait to deck them out for the fall and christmas! That’s the best part about shelves. 

I hope you like them as much as I do!

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  • Mary @ Redo 101 at

    Love it!!! Would love to see something similar over a cabinet in my kitchen. P.S.What color are your walls? Loving that shade …

    Thanks, Mary

  • Michelle at

    love the shelves!! Would you mind sharing the total cost for the project? Looking at purchasing some shelves, wondering if DIY is better.

  • Lil' Luna at

    LOVE this – especially all the vintage pieces! Great job! 😀

  • Anonymous at

    How did you get those Olympic shoes? GREAT!

    Good luck in NYC.

  • {northern cottage} at

    both of these displays are PRETTY STINKIN CUTE! i love the lemonade display as we SAVOR THESE LAST SWEET SUMMER DAYS! and the coffee bar is oh so cozy as we move into fall! well done my friend!

  • Unknown at

    I love these colors – can you tell me what color you used on these walls??

  • Marina {Yummy Mummy) at

    Looks amazing! So cozy – I just want to walk right into the picture and make myself a drink. Well done!

  • Connie at

    I love your style – bold vintage! Gorgeous and I love the options you share.

  • Connie at

    I love your style – bold vintage! Gorgeous and I love the options you share.

  • Toodie at

    I don’t know which I like best! What a super corner – so inviting!

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