Dining Room Shelves

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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  • Jessica Kielman at

    So perfect in every way! I love that you can switch it up…I NEED those bowls!

    Jessica @ Mom 4 Real

  • KT at

    Brilliant combination of design and function! Give yourself a huge pat on the back and a gold star for this lovely and creative idea of yours!

  • Jenn at

    oh my goodness…I love this! I have been searching for the perfect shelf for my dining room wall & this may just be it!

  • Julie at

    I love this so much, Michael! That coffee station is just about perfect!

  • Jodi at

    Those brackets are just terrific! I love the bright green of the cabinet, too.

  • Grace @ Sense and Simplicity at

    Gorgeous. You spaced the shelves just right so there is room to add lots of interesting items, but not so high that everything seems to float. I love both versions.

  • Funky Junk Interiors at

    I love your home more every single time I see it. This colourful little corner is perfection!

  • Patti @ Pandoras Box at

    these shelves look like a fun place to decorate! I love the idea of a funnel to hold flowers in a glass – clever!

  • Monica at

    Wow, Michael, your coffee station is way better than mine! But then, I JUST moved in, so I’m not finished yet. I’m definitely going to borrow some ideas from you! 😉

  • Anonymous at

    Love the idea of the funnel in the wine glass for a small bouquet.

  • Brandy~GreyLaneHome at

    Both looks are stunning. I love your shelves and the pop against your pretty wall color.

  • Amanda M. at

    I absolutely LOVE both looks. I draw SO much inspiration from you!

  • Shelia at

    Oh, I love your new shelves. They just make this space! Love how you’ve decorated it so cute too.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia 😉

  • Designs By Pinky at

    I am so glad to have found you…VIA Hyacinths for the soul. The shelves are fabulous! LOVE that vintage ironing board!!!! I NEED ONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!LOL. Both vignettes are terrific, I can’t chooose a favorite. I will be your newest follower. XO, Pinky

  • DecorandtheDog at

    This may be the happiest little corner around!!

  • Tam at

    Fabulous! I thought the coffee bar was great, but wait…. the lemonade stand really rocks! You’re awesome!

  • Susan @ homeroad.net at

    Very nice Michael… I love the bulky white shelves with the green hutch. Nice work on both the coffee and the lemonade stations!

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