It seems like this day has been months in the making (hell…it probably was), but today I am finally revealing my Modern Farmhouse dining room makeover with you! And…if you want to know where I purchased any of the pieces used in this room, be sure to scroll to the very bottom of this post where I have listed links to each piece of decor.
Just so you guys can fully appreciate the transformational journey of this space, I wanted to refresh your memory with a “before” photo of what the room looked like the day we moved into our 1980’s fixer upper three years ago…..
Dining Room Before:
Popcorn ceilings and outdated wallpaper were not doing this room any favors. Not to mention, other than the puny chair rail, there were no architectural features on the focal wall.
Ideally I would have installed windows on the focal wall, but our mudroom is located behind this wall so I was sh*t out of luck with that idea. So, when you can’t inject the beauty of natural light with windows…what is the next best option?
In my opinion, the second best option was creating architectural interest through textured walls. Of course, you could accomplish this with wallpaper, beadboard or picture frame moulding, but I decided to go all Joanna Gaines with a farmhouse staple: shiplap!
For your shopping convenience, I have included affiliate links to the decor included in this design.
To save time and money, we decided to only do shiplap on the focal wall. What I love about this shiplap feature wall is not only the interest it adds to the space, but the fresh, casual vibe it exudes. In my opinion, shiplap is extremely versatile- sure it can be very “farmhouse”, but it can also be perfectly appropriate in a more modern setting as well.
As far as paint color goes, I went with Benjamin Moore’s Chantilly Lace. While this color is often known for being a very bright, crisp white, it looks a little warmer in this room as the window is surrounded with lots of tree coverage in the summertime. I predict that once the leaves fall in the winter time, the paint color will read more true to it’s authentic hue. Either way, I am super pleased with my choice (read my full blog post about Chantilly Lace here).
A year within moving into our home, we addressed the atrocity of our popcorn ceilings by covering them with beadboard planks. You can read that detailed tutorial by clicking here.
At that time, I had also already replaced the light fixture with this capiz chandelier. So when I began working on the re-design of this room, I had to style around the existing beadboard ceiling, capiz chandelier and dining table. Basically…my husband would have freakin’ killed me if I had decided to switch this stuff out and replace it with completely new decor. (Okay…he wouldn’t have killed me, but I never would have heard the end of it). I was trying my best to avoid a b*tch fest.
Because I was going with a very monochromatic look, I knew texture was going to be extremely vital. So, I was sure to incorporate a jute rug into the space, layered with a cowhide rug on top.
The macrame table runner also adds a punch of texture while establishing some boho flair.
So.. as far as the chrome goes….
I know this is an extremely polarizing decision, but I decided to take a design risk and keep the legs of the table and bench in their original chrome state (I purchased the table when we lived in our first house years ago). You see…on my Instagram stories(by the way, you can show your support by clicking here and following me) I did a poll where I asked you guys if I should keep the legs as is or spray paint them black.
I basically got about half of the replies saying to spray paint them, and the other half agreed with me in keeping them chrome.
Believe it or not, chrome is very hot in the world of high-end interior design again. I know many of you are probably just now getting used to the idea of brass hardware (I know it took me a hot minute), but now all of the top interior designers are swearing that chrome is back!
Not to mention, I love me some juxtaposition (Windsor chairs with chrome? who wouldve thunk it?….yours truly). Then again, I do own a pair of Birkenstocks with spikes on them. That’s just how I roll, ya’ll.
Whether it be in my home or with my fashion, I am always looking for ways to add a little dose of edginess, and in my opinion, this keeps things from feeling too predictable. So….now you know why I kept the chrome.
Speaking of unpredictable, I was originally concerned that I may not like the original Capiz chandelier in a farmhouse-inspired design, but I totally dig the whimsical, feminine element it brings to the space.
I know, typically, Modern Farmhouse spaces are comprised of more masculine or industrial lighting, but if you like a little more of a girly vibe, go for something a little more glam.
Sure… I am definitely leaning more on the farmhouse spectrum of design, but I will be damned if I give up my “bling”. As much as I try to suppress it, especially living in a house full of boys, I have a bit of a girly-girl side which cannot be denied.
**Be sure to keep scrolling to the bottom for a full list of decor sources!***
I really cannot stress enough just how much the shiplap has done for my dining room. It makes me feel so much better about my home. And the white walls? I love them so much that I am now on a mission to paint my whole freakin’ house.
So, I hope I was able to show you an entirely new interpretation of Modern Farmhouse and get your creative juices flowing.
Now get out there and design some good vibes. **I have listed all of the decor sources beneath this last photo**
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Modern Farmhouse Dining Room Decor Sources
Fiddle leaf fig – World Market
Windsor Chairs- Overstock
Chandelier- West Elm
Large Abstract Art – Minted
Armoire/Storage Cabinet – Hayneedle
Abstract Watercolor over Armoire – Target
Bar Cart – World Market
Table Runner- World Market
Jute Rug – Amazon
Sconce – Amazon
Juju Hat – Amazon
Cowhide Rug – Southeastern Salvage
Table and Bench – Rooms to Go
Wall Color- Benjamin Moore’s Chantilly Lace