Wallpaper shelves (via abeautifulmess.com) Wallpaper shelves Thought I’d share a little peek into some of the decor updates I’ve been working on in my dining room. First off let me just say, I LOVE our dining room. It’s not exactly a formal dining room in that it’s not separated into its own space by walls and a door, but is rather part of a big open living area that has our kitchen, a living room, my office, and our dining room. Check out my empty home tour to get a better of idea if that doesn’t make sense. 

I love that we can fit a large dining room table, seating 6 to 8 easily in this space. It’s great for entertaining – I even hosted my family for Christmas this past year and LOVED having so much space to entertain in. I also love that it has a few large windows on one wall, making it feel bright and inviting (or vibe-y at night). And I love the shelves/extra counter space that we mostly use as a bar area and glass storage but could also become a small buffet counter for casseroles or other dishes at a big dinner event. 

Can you tell I’m excited to host in this space?!?Diningroom shelvesHere’s a (blurry) photo of the dining room just after we bought the house. Although I loved the space, I wasn’t in love with the black, distressed look of the cabinets. The upper cabinet doors weren’t really my style, and the light fixture also wasn’t exactly my taste either. 

First, we had all the cabinets painted white. We’ve done a lot of painting ourselves in the house, but I did hire a professional to paint our cabinets as they are much more labor intensive if you do them right (taking off all the doors and hardware, etc.). This made a HUGE difference to the space. But after living with it for a couple of months, I decided that I just didn’t like the upper cabinet doors, mainly the arched glass. I thought about just getting new, plain cabinet doors or even having something made out of acrylic. But in the end I decided that open shelving was more my taste and worked better for us functionally because we store most of our “pretty” glassware here, and this makes it even easier for us or guests to find and grab and make  a drink. So, I had the doors taken off. The way they were installed meant losing some inside support beams, so we added support brackets under the shelves in similar colors. You can kind of see this behind me holding that birthday cake in the photo above. 

Trey and I really loved how the open shelving turned out. My only thought was that it felt a little plain. Many of our glasses and items on the shelves only took up about half of the height, so I thought about adding some kind of risers or something to create a better visual look. But then I got it in my head that I wanted to add wallpaper or some kind of painted design to the back of the shelves. 

Wallpaper shelves   It took me a while to finally commit to a wallpaper. The space we were covering wasn’t large, so I wasn’t super concerned about the cost. But I didn’t want something too busy, or too colorful, or too trendy, or wait… maybe I do?! 

Yeah, choosing wallpaper is tough! I basically had about 10 I was considering, narrowed it down to 4, and then bought samples and taped them up in the shelves to try visualize what it would be like. 

In the end I chose Hands by Pottock that Laura also loves (see here). It is fairly busy in its design, but being black and white kind of works for our space as it helps to blend in with the white support brackets and works with all the glassware that is stored here (or at least I think so). 

Wallpaper shelvesI realized that buying a roll would leave me with quite a bit of extra paper. And I thought, waste not, want not….

Wallpaper backsplash Wallpaper backsplashSo I had the remaining wallpaper from the roll installed in the bar seating area of our kitchen – and I might like it even more than the shelves! 

Thanks for letting me share a little peek into our dining room decor. I’m still working on a few things in this space. One is I’m still trying to figure out how to best display our glassware on the shelves. Any tips? I’ll share more as we finish it up, including my light fixture. 🙂 xx. Emma

Credits // Author and Photography: Emma Chapman. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.