One upside of stay at home was getting around to most of the house projects on our list. The dining room was the first room I completed when we moved in over 7 years ago and although it’s one of the most popular spaces in our home, I was ready for a change. I wanted to keep the overall aesthetic of a neutral mid century modern dining room, but refreshed.
Neutral Mid Century Modern Dining Room
The original plan was just to update the upholstery on the vintage chairs but all of the quotes I got to replace them were around $350 per chair! I wasn’t prepared to spend that kind of money, so I started shopping around for vintage chairs at the flea market, thrift store and online. I found all of the dining chairs from Mid Mod Tropical, which is a treasure trove for vintage furniture and decor. I was really drawn to the white chairs at first and then the two end chairs I discovered later and decided to add them to my order! The total with shipping for all 8 of the chairs was around $1,600 (so much cheaper than the original plan). Don’t worry though, I did keep the older dining chairs since I can’t bare to part with them. Maybe one day I can find a reasonable quote to update those chairs and use them in a future home.
The rug debacle from the bedroom project meant I could bring the living room rug into the dining room. It’s the perfect size and the colors warm up the space perfectly. Every other piece I kept as is since they are truly amazing pieces that I love.
Creating a Unique Space with Vintage
Everything in the dining room is thrifted/vintage except for the chandelier and dining table. It goes to show that you can pull together an incredible space without spending a ton of money or shopping new. This is the number one tip I give to friends and clients when they need help decorating – buy vintage. Not only are you paying less for better quality, but you’re sure to get a unique piece that no one else has. I promise that buying vintage will give your home that collected, welcoming space that you’ve always imaged it would be.
I’d love to know, do you like the new dining room, or the old one?
Sources: Dining Chairs from Mid Mod Tropical (similar here)| Vintage rug (similar here and here) | Chandelier | Large Abstract from 45 Three Modern Vintage | Vintage Artwork from Long Beach Flea Market | Vintage Credenza from Sunbeam Vintage (similar here and here) | Vintage Dough Bowl from Long Beach Flea Market | Dining Table | DIY Lucite Curtain Rod