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Dining Room Shelves

So about a year and a half ago I posted our dining room makeover. On the wall I had started a “gallery” wall of sorts. The main focus were two Ikea picture ledges.

When I hung them up I had visions of decorating them for the holidays, switching out decor and just having them being really useful.

Raised Ranch Dining Room

Well, for the last few months, that wall started to bother me. It started to look “dormish”

The decor didn’t reflect my ever growing style at all.

It’s funny how much your style can change in just a few years after owning a home. You get into a grove and figure out what you like and don’t. It’s a lot of trial and error.

So when I decided to go for a different look I knew I wanted shelves. I don’t have a lot of surfaces to actually decorate for the seasons and just to have fun styling. So I thought shelves were the perfect solution.

I also think that since they are more substantial then the picture ledges they would fit more in scale with our 7′ table.


I knew I wanted a distressed look. So I purchased 2 6ft 1×10’s and stained them using the same dark stain from our dining table.

I decided to dry brush them white over the stain. Well, it looked horrible so I ended up just painting them white and sanding them with an electric sander.

Dining Room Shelves

It was very haphazard. I love the way they look.

I am also having fun styling them. Right now they are styled for Fall, and I’m sure they are going to keep getting tweaked as I play around with them more.

Dining Room Shelves

What do you think?

Dining Room Shelves

Dining Room Shelves


Monday 12th of September 2016

Love the new shelves!! They look great!

Susan Cornelius

Monday 12th of September 2016

They look very nice.

Jackie Holman

Monday 12th of September 2016

Nice job! Good clean lines. You got your desired effect.

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