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Wow, do I have some pure eye candy to share with you today. For those of you that have been around for a while may remember when I was trying to make some wall decor decisions in my dining room. Should I add shelves? Should I add more pictures? This was two years ago. Click here if you need a refresher before continuing.

Anyway, I ultimately decided to add more pictures. You can read about that here. While that worked for me, I really regretted not having some shelf space in my dinning room. So, apparently after two years, I decided to change that.

After removing the pictures, filling in the holes, and touching up some paint, here is the before.

I picked up some brackets and 2″x12″x8’s at Home Depot. I cut everything to length, sanded, and attached the brackets.

Then everything got a coat of white paint. I use the latex based trim paint from Sherwin Williams in semi-gloss for all the trim in my house. I used the same for this project.

After two coats I attached my new shelves to the walls with some screws and BAM!, new awesomeness for dining room.

I do apologize I don’t have a full tutorial for this, but I figured the process was pretty self explanatory.

Now, on to the fun part. Filling these babies with awesomeness! To show you my new shelves I created two fancy displays. The first is a coffee bar and the second is a lemonade stand. Let’s check them out!

A natural color scheme with pops of green and yell pulls together this impromptu coffee station.


A funnel in a stemless wine glass creates an easy and unique flower arrangement. A few snips of greenery and blossoms from the garden practically arrange themselves as stems are tucked into the narrow end of the funnel.




A vintage wood ironing board found shopping at a local antique shop acts as a unique riser and is the centerpiece of both displays.


Coffee beans in glass jars, more funnels, old printing blocks and a sweet little owl create interest and a bit of fun.



Next up, my little in-house lemonade stand is all about color.

Taking inspiration from a set of colorful bowls, splashes of red, purple, orange, and yellow were added to make this display really pop.



Two potted purple ranunculus plucked from the garden add a natural and cost effective touch.

Red and white striped straws in a tall drinking glass serve a purpuse and add a sense of whimsy. I love these straws!


And, of course, there is plenty of cold lemonade with a few spare lemons for garnishing glasses or to whip up another batch should more friends arrive.


Pretty darn cute, right?!

I know that was a lot of pictures, but lets take one more quick look. Before…


…and after.


I’m totally in love with my new shelves and I can’t wait to deck them out for the fall and christmas! That’s the best part about shelves. 

I hope you like them as much as I do!



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  • Susan @ homeroad.net at

    Very nice Michael… I love the bulky white shelves with the green hutch. Nice work on both the coffee and the lemonade stations!
    Susan
    Homeroad.net

  • Tam at

    Fabulous! I thought the coffee bar was great, but wait…. the lemonade stand really rocks! You’re awesome!

  • Grace @ Sense and Simplicity at

    Gorgeous. You spaced the shelves just right so there is room to add lots of interesting items, but not so high that everything seems to float. I love both versions.

  • DecorandtheDog at

    This may be the happiest little corner around!!

  • Julie at

    I love this so much, Michael! That coffee station is just about perfect!

  • Designs By Pinky at

    I am so glad to have found you…VIA Hyacinths for the soul. The shelves are fabulous! LOVE that vintage ironing board!!!! I NEED ONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!LOL. Both vignettes are terrific, I can’t chooose a favorite. I will be your newest follower. XO, Pinky

  • Shelia at

    Oh, I love your new shelves. They just make this space! Love how you’ve decorated it so cute too.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  • Amanda M. at

    I absolutely LOVE both looks. I draw SO much inspiration from you!

  • Brandy~GreyLaneHome at

    Both looks are stunning. I love your shelves and the pop against your pretty wall color.

  • Anonymous at

    Love the idea of the funnel in the wine glass for a small bouquet.

  • Monica at

    Wow, Michael, your coffee station is way better than mine! But then, I JUST moved in, so I’m not finished yet. I’m definitely going to borrow some ideas from you! ;)

  • Leah at

    looks great! :)

  • Patti @ Pandoras Box at

    these shelves look like a fun place to decorate! I love the idea of a funnel to hold flowers in a glass – clever!

  • Funky Junk Interiors at

    I love your home more every single time I see it. This colourful little corner is perfection!

  • Jodi at

    Those brackets are just terrific! I love the bright green of the cabinet, too.

  • Jenn at

    oh my goodness…I love this! I have been searching for the perfect shelf for my dining room wall & this may just be it!

  • KT at

    Brilliant combination of design and function! Give yourself a huge pat on the back and a gold star for this lovely and creative idea of yours!

  • Jessica Kielman at

    So perfect in every way! I love that you can switch it up…I NEED those bowls!

    Jessica @ Mom 4 Real

  • southofmain.com at

    Love all of it, especially that coo coo clock just like my grandma had. Can’t wait to see what you do with it for Thanksgiving & Christmas because I think these colors will work with anything
    -kathy

  • slip4 at

    I love all that color. Can’t wait to see what you do with your new shelves over the holidays!

  • Mary Jo at

    Beautiful!!! I really need to know the name and brand of your yellow wall paint. I love it!

  • krazgrl at

    Well I’m really in love with your new shelves also! I think I need a lemonade stand, I already have the same red stool. Can I borrow your adorable ironing board table? SOOOO COOL!

  • Glory/ Glorious Treats at

    OOh, I love these!! Great project I think I could do! I love anything white, and I ‘ll look forward to seeing you dress the for various holidays! So pretty!

  • Monica at

    Michael, what color is that yellow on the walls? I’m thinking about yellow for my kitchen/nook and I really like yours. Is it as dark as it looks in some of the pictures though?

  • Joani at

    So pretty. Thanks for sharing.

  • Anonymous at

    Michael, you did it again! Amazing. Hugs…Tess

  • Harriet at

    Michael, your mind is so full of wonderful ideas, and your creativity is delightful! I love the way you dressed your new shelves and vintage ironing board to create both of your stations. Wow! Thanks so much for sharing with us!
    Harriet in NC

  • Carol at

    Oh I love this…did I say I LOVE IT! The colors are mine :) Which is why I have to know where did the bowls come from….like really I want those bowls..would like to order them yet tonight…the bowls are just amazing … just what I have been looking for and have just the place they are going to go …. really…please….where can I get the bowls they are perfect!!

  • Kim @ NewlyWoodwards at

    The ironing board is seriously cool. And I love the brackets you picked for the shelves. You have an eye, Michael. I love it.

  • Miss Charming at

    Those shelves are fabulous! And you really have an eye for decorating. (Love those bowls!) The ironing board adds the perfect touch, too. The red chair is just lovely! (My grandma had one.)
    Such a great job, Michael!

  • GirlRural.com at

    First off, I love the green cabinet. The shelves turned out beautifully. Both of the displays really create a fun place to gather in the corner.

  • Jana@Transformations From the Heart at

    The area is really spruced up now, love all the color and charm! Also the funnel upside-down in the glass is so clever, what a cute idea. Love the whole look. :0)

  • Pamma at

    Looks fabulous! And that wooden ironing board is so unique.
    Pam

  • Sue at

    What a winning transformation! Your “lemonade stand” makes me smile! :)

  • Toodie at

    I don’t know which I like best! What a super corner – so inviting!

  • Connie at

    I love your style – bold vintage! Gorgeous and I love the options you share.

  • Connie at

    I love your style – bold vintage! Gorgeous and I love the options you share.

  • Marina {Yummy Mummy) at

    Looks amazing! So cozy – I just want to walk right into the picture and make myself a drink. Well done!

  • Unknown at

    I love these colors – can you tell me what color you used on these walls??

  • {northern cottage} at

    both of these displays are PRETTY STINKIN CUTE! i love the lemonade display as we SAVOR THESE LAST SWEET SUMMER DAYS! and the coffee bar is oh so cozy as we move into fall! well done my friend!

  • Anonymous at

    How did you get those Olympic shoes? GREAT!

    Good luck in NYC.

  • Lil' Luna at

    LOVE this – especially all the vintage pieces! Great job! :D

  • Michelle at

    love the shelves!! Would you mind sharing the total cost for the project? Looking at purchasing some shelves, wondering if DIY is better.

  • Mary @ Redo 101 at

    Love it!!! Would love to see something similar over a cabinet in my kitchen. P.S.What color are your walls? Loving that shade …

    Thanks, Mary

  • Lora at

    Oh my goodness! Awesome article dude! Many thanks, However I am having issues with your RSS.
    I don’t know the reason why I can’t subscribe to it.
    Is there anybody having similar RSS problems? Anyone that knows the answer will you kindly respond?
    Thanx!!

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