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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  • Sue at

    What a winning transformation! Your “lemonade stand” makes me smile! 🙂

  • Pamma at

    Looks fabulous! And that wooden ironing board is so unique.

  • [email protected] From the Heart at

    The area is really spruced up now, love all the color and charm! Also the funnel upside-down in the glass is so clever, what a cute idea. Love the whole look. :0)

  • GirlRural.com at

    First off, I love the green cabinet. The shelves turned out beautifully. Both of the displays really create a fun place to gather in the corner.

  • Kim @ NewlyWoodwards at

    The ironing board is seriously cool. And I love the brackets you picked for the shelves. You have an eye, Michael. I love it.

  • [email protected] at

    wow! that looks like it came straight out of a magazine! beautiful!!

  • Miss Charming at

    Those shelves are fabulous! And you really have an eye for decorating. (Love those bowls!) The ironing board adds the perfect touch, too. The red chair is just lovely! (My grandma had one.)
    Such a great job, Michael!

  • Carol at

    Oh I love this…did I say I LOVE IT! The colors are mine 🙂 Which is why I have to know where did the bowls come from….like really I want those bowls..would like to order them yet tonight…the bowls are just amazing … just what I have been looking for and have just the place they are going to go …. really…please….where can I get the bowls they are perfect!!

  • slip4 at

    I love all that color. Can’t wait to see what you do with your new shelves over the holidays!

  • Harriet at

    Michael, your mind is so full of wonderful ideas, and your creativity is delightful! I love the way you dressed your new shelves and vintage ironing board to create both of your stations. Wow! Thanks so much for sharing with us!
    Harriet in NC

  • Anonymous at

    Michael, you did it again! Amazing. Hugs…Tess

  • Joani at

    So pretty. Thanks for sharing.

  • Leah at

    looks great! 🙂

  • Monica at

    Michael, what color is that yellow on the walls? I’m thinking about yellow for my kitchen/nook and I really like yours. Is it as dark as it looks in some of the pictures though?

  • Glory/ Glorious Treats at

    OOh, I love these!! Great project I think I could do! I love anything white, and I ‘ll look forward to seeing you dress the for various holidays! So pretty!

  • krazgrl at

    Well I’m really in love with your new shelves also! I think I need a lemonade stand, I already have the same red stool. Can I borrow your adorable ironing board table? SOOOO COOL!

  • Mary Jo at

    Beautiful!!! I really need to know the name and brand of your yellow wall paint. I love it!

  • southofmain.com at

    Love all of it, especially that coo coo clock just like my grandma had. Can’t wait to see what you do with it for Thanksgiving & Christmas because I think these colors will work with anything

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