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Dining Room Update


A little inspiration for our dining room – see my entire inspiration post here!

I started writing this blog post last November. To say this post has been a long time coming is an understatement.  I’m ready to share our progress photos of our dining room! Last summer we toyed with the idea of making our own dining room table from scratch using plans found on Pinterest. Pipe dreams, I tell ya. Between two busy and exhausting jobs, traveling, and enjoying weekends with no tasks to complete, we forwent building a table . Instead, we decided to purchase a new table for a little more than it would have cost us to make one.

I had seen Structube show up on my Facebook feed and on Instagram but didn’t give it much though other than gaining inspiration for the space. With a little more research I realized how affordable their dining room table and chair options were. I instantly fell in love with their Hamburg table as it is almost an identical table to what we were going to build.

With the table decided, it was time to pick up out some new chairs. We couldn’t reuse our old bar height chairs that came with our previous dining room table. After polling friends and family on Facebook, I decided to order 4 plastic molded Eames-style chairs with 2 black windsor chairs to sit at the head of the table.

I ordered the table and chairs back on October 6, the table was available but the chairs were backordered until November 7. Even though I work in furniture and understand the shipping process, it didn’t even cross my mind that they wouldn’t ship separately (DUH!). As of November 28, I was still without the table and chairs and no phone call to set up a delivery time – every time I called/emailed the company, they said they couldn’t provide me with tracking – which I have a hard time believing, I work with vendors day in and day out. Someone always knows a tracking or truck number.

I keep reminding myself that they do ship from Canada and I won’t hear about a delivery date until they reach the transportation company in my local area. Overall, the wait was actually bearable due to traveling for the holidays and we often eat in our living room, basement or at the kitchen counter – we’ve managed. But after 3 months without a table and chairs, I was fed up.

When I started writing this post, it was back in mid November, the table, sans chairs, finally arrived the week after Christmas. According to Structube they were back ordered and/or they lost our order but never let me know that the chairs would never come our way. The table had been in a receiving facility in Des Moines since November 11. Insert angry emoji face here.

The quality of the table is fairly impressive for the price (under $400), It does have a crack on one of the legs, but I was so burnt out just trying to receive the table that I didn’t fuss about wanting to get it repaired or replaced, it’s nothing a little wood filler can’t fix.

Despite the quality of the table, I don’t feel like I can recommend Structube due to the shipping issues. We ended up purchasing four black windsor chairs from Wayfair and ordered a second plastic molded chair to match an existing one to complete the dining room set.

The space was nearing completion, it just needed a few finishing details. I styled the IKEA fauxdenza and added a Loloi x Joanna Gaines Rug. A huge upgrade to the space, in my eyes, was swapping out all of our existing light bulbs for daylight bulbs. LIFE CHANGING. My house doesn’t feel dark and dingy at night anymore and looks great against our new white cabinets and trim!

Here is a before of the space when we first moved in (SW Tavern Taupe):

Before – I settled on BM Revere Pewter for the Dining Room/Kitchen/Entry Way:

Before – I painted the trim SW Vanilla Cream trim BM White Dove (slowly ridding our 2 year old house of the builder-grade UGLY trim color):

Installation Day:



Staining Cedar Columns


We are inching closer to our two year anniversary of living in our house and are slowly crossing things off our list to make this house a home. This included staining cedar columns on our front porch. When we first moved in, they weren’t yet faded from the harsh winter, our house was barely a year old when we purchased it. The cedar posts were not stained yet and the builders left this last item up to us. I couldn’t make a split second decision, nor was it top on our priority list.

This summer, after putting in our landscaping and irrigation system, the posts just screamed to be stained. They looked weathered and pathetic. Slowly, other neighbors who were in the same boat, began painting or staining their posts. However; I couldn’t just paint mine any random color, we have black shutters, a black front door, and a tan trim color. Not a lot of color to work with.

After much Pinterest research and Facebook polling with mock-ups shown and I settled on Behr’s Semi-Transparent Stain in Chocolate.

I was THISCLOSE to going with black, but I wanted to incorporate the brown hues in the rock siding that flank our garage. It doesn’t help that it made me feel a little like Joanne from Fixer Upper – this image from one of their houses was my inspiration (though, it makes me wonder if I had gone transparent would it look even more similar?).

I spent a Sunday afternoon cleaning the posts and sanding them down. Over two lunch breaks in two days, I was able to stain the cedar posts – one of the fastest and most satisfying DIYs I’ve completed. The one thing I loved about using this stain is that I didn’t have to wipe off any excess, just brush it on and you’re done! It’s not perfect, and there are spots I should have sanded a bit more throughly before staining, but overall I’m happy with the end result!

The Inspiration (from Fixer Upper):

Semi-Transparent & Transparent Chocolate in action:



Here is the mock up using the stain color above in photoshop:

Here is the before/after for your viewing delight:


During (one coat):

After (two coats): 

What a difference stain makes – I’d love to add some handles to the garage doors to help balance out the black shutters. Also – it never bothered me until my best friend pointed out the the windows above the garage are shutter-less. I had never really noticed before and now I can’t un-notice it :)