DIY Project Parade ~ Dining Room, Faux Fireplace Fix and Banner

It’s been a busy week but I managed something small. We found this old fireplace mantel/surround in the barn when we moved in. I love that it’s original to the house and new I wanted to add it to a wall in our dining room.  I love the flexibility of moving things around, so I boxed it in so it is ‘freestanding’ and not attached permanently to the wall.

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DIY Show Off – Dining Room Transformation

Our Dining Room Makeover:

Our dining room (before) when we bought the house:



See that nasty carpet?

These ugly tiles were on the ceiling.

Then…Russ & stepdad, Butch put up smooth/pretty drywall ceiling! Love it!

Hardwood floors refinished. Here’s a peek of floor:

What we did:
  • Took down old ceiling tiles
  • Installed smooth drywall ceiling
  • Ripped out old filthy carpet
  • Sanded and poly’d hardwood floor
  • New light fixture
  • Painted
Christmas 2010:

Spring 2011…new distressed bamboo floor:

Decorated for fall…

Door before…

Door now…

When we bought the house…


Christmas 2011:


Faux fireplace – pallet shelving:

Seasonal dining room mantel:

DIY vintage mantel


farmhouse mantel - spring

summer mantel:

summer garden mantel

Christmas in the dining room 2012

Christmas dish display

along with a new area rug…

Christmas dining room

The sliding door gets a paint job:

painted door after

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DIY Holiday Highlights Linky Party ~ Empty Fireplace Card Holder and Vintage Soda Crate Advent Calendar


When I decorated my dining room for Emily Henderson’s Holiday Guide  a few months ago, I added in a couple of easy holiday DIY projects. (Have you checked it out? So many great holiday ideas from DIY, decorating, entertainment, gift suggestions, etc.)

Advent Calendar
An old vintage soda crate has 24 boxes. I turned it on its side, added stamped numbered boxes and let the countdown begin, with sweet little gifts inside…

Favor boxes found in the baking section of Michaels.
Free printables:  Maggie Cat, Family Crafts
Pretty Etsy Options:  Here, here and here
Christmas Mantel
An empty {faux} fireplace with a few covered tension rods and curtain clips became a Christmas card display:

Tension Rod Christmas Card Holder How to: (works for windows or open shelving too!)

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