The Painted Hive Dining Room

More a nook than an actual room, our little dining area forms the southern end of our living room.

The neutral palette combines loads of natural elements and character-rich texture – with nothing too pretentious – for a relaxed, yet fresh space. So, whilst it’s nothing super special, it’s warm, inviting and very much me!

Here it is just before we moved in….

And here’s the floorplan to give you an idea of the layout….

As per our living room, we painted out all the dirty apple green walls in pale cream and all the timber trim in gloss white. Taupe linen romans were also added in place of the heavy green drapes.

The previous owners had already installed the faux timber floating floor which, whilst it wouldn’t necessarily have been my first choice, is nice, clean and neutral.

Pretty much all the furniture and decor is either second-hand, thrifted or gifted.

The big mirror, with its pale frame which makes it almost undistinguishable from the wall, really helps create an illusion of space.

I’m a sucker for pretty, earthy vignettes and for now, to tie in with the living room, there’s loads of terracotta and twine plus white ceramics and some vintage finds.

I’ve been too slack to add pics of my own wedding to this photo gallery yet though it’s the perfect sentimental filler for this narrow little wall space and I’m looking forward to watching it grow!

I’m still searching for the perfect light fixture at the right price (vintage gal pendant or wrought iron chandy) and am contemplating painting the chair frames white and mirror border dark…..we’ll see though.

So again, just for comparisons sake. Here’s the space before and after….

  1. Just wanted to let you know that I featured this today on FTF! Thanks for linking up and if you would like a featured button stop by and grab one!

  2. Love it! It just so happens our dining room is at the west end of our living room too! I have been considering painting the legs of our table out just to break up the pine. I was originally thinking black…but I am loving all the white these days. So maybe white?! Thanks for the inspiration pics.

  3. - Brittany says:

    I love your dining room. The vignettes are beautiful! And the wheels on the table are just adorably unique! Thanks for sharing.


  4. bj says:

    This is a darling space for your cute table. I love it all. The mirror is PERFECT for that spot.
    Very cute room..
    I am linking to follow..come see me when you have time. :))
    xo bj

  5. Hi Kristine-
    I love the look of your dining room– I came over from FJI #79 …for that table!
    I love the seating around it. That is still something I need to work on for mine…I’m falling for ruffles right now, so can’t decide.
    I like the natural wood tones of your table and chairs…and those little dainty casters…Oooo!


  6. Wow. Love the soft tones of your room. Those wheels on the table are the coolest! Truly a beautiful photo shoot and room!


  7. Jessica says:

    Hi Kristine-
    I love your slip covers for your kitchen chair. I’ve seen many tutorials explaining how to make them but am not handy and would prefer to buy them. Did you buy these at ikea as one post suggested? I’ve looked through their website and couldn’t find them. Are the comparable with other chairs? Thanks!

    • Hi Jessica
      Yep, I bought the seat pads from IKEA though this post is five years old now and it looks like they no longer sell them sorry :(

  8. mic says:

    Where did you get those striped slip covers? Beautiful!

  9. Katherine Currie says:

    Where did you get the dining chair cushions with the skirt? It’s something I’ve been looking for everywhere. I can’t even find a pattern to make them.

    • Katherine Currie says:

      Nevermind …. should have looked at the above comments 😜

  10. Pattie Noblitt says:

    Could you tell me where you bought your chair pads? Or if you made them, is there a pattern? You may have addressed this earlier as I just saw the picture and didn’t have time to read all the comments. Thank you in advance for any information.

    • Hi Pattie
      The chair pads were from Ikea. I just checked their website and it looks like they no longer sell them. Sorry I can’t help.

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