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Hey Guys! This post is part of The Weekender Makeover Series. A DIY Makeover web series in partnership with Lowe’s Home Improvement.  Subscribe to watch all 10 episodes and get project details using the buttons below!

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This episode was a fun one – Jesse and Laura are a husband and wife duo that own a fabulous BBQ joint outside of Philadelphia.  They bought the restaurant to start their business, Jesse’s BBQ, and the restaurant property also came with a house, where they now live (talk about a good deal!) The only downside was that Jesse and Laura didn’t really get to chose much about this house, but they’ve made it work for their family.  They wanted a multi-purpose dining room and that’s what they called me for-Check it out!

Multi-Purpose Dining Room Makeover: Watch Below

There were tons of awesome products used in this makeover and I’ve pulled them together for ya in the slider below. Click for more info on any product.

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So Laura and Jesse own a delicious restaurant (Oh  yeah, and you better believe I was fed some of their amazing BBQ on the daily!), and when they’re not cooking for other people, they really wanted a space where they can host family and friends in their own home and feel like it really fit them! The tricky part is that they also wanted it to be multi-purposed-a home office-meets-dining room.  Challenge accepted!

Before I arrived, I had Jesse and Laura take down the wall diving their kitchen and dining room- they called in a contractor friend for that, because I knew we couldn’t tackle that + a makeover in one weekend.

Here’s the kitchen wall they removed.


All opened up…


And… AFTER our Weekender makeover! Yes, that’s really the same space!


Dining/home office Before…


And After!


Removing the wall made such a huge difference!

View from the Dining Area


While we didn’t makeover the kitchen, the changes in the dining room will make their future kitchen renovation a breeze! I even helped them pick some paint colors and gave some kitchen tips before I left! Brightening up the dining room while still keeping the warm, cozy feeling really set the tone for both spaces.


See? So much brighter!

These shelves were the easiest part of the whole space, but they made such a huge impact in this space.


You can read the full tutorial for these galvanized pipe shelves on the Lowe’s Weekender site here. They’re so easy that you don’t even need any power tools.


Behind the shelves we installed faux shiplap- we used Top Choice tongue and groove planks to achieve the gapped look of shiplap, but it’s much quicker, easier, and less expensive!


I love that these shelves have the perfect balance of industrial + rustic style.

The key to any dining space is, of course the table. Since it’s the focal point of the room, I wanted to give Jesse and Laura a customized farmhouse table with a modern twist (my specialty, if you haven’t yet noticed.)


I went with a nice, light wood and created a herringbone pattern with the wood pieces. Basically any crazy idea I have, my contractor pal Matt will help make it happen- this one took us a few tries to get the pattern right, but once we did, it was exactly what I was hoping for.


I used a combination of Valspar Dark Satin furniture wax to protect the wood and also give it a bit of an antiqued look. I used pre-fab Waddell Ash Table Legs from Lowe’s and that pretty much makes building a table a cinch.


Laura really likes pops of color and wanted me to tie her new rug into the space- these Walker Edison Metal Cafe Chairs were the perfect, cheerful pop!


One of my favorite additions to the room is the Hinkley Fulton Chandelier! The mixed metal tones and the balance of rustic and modern made it just the right choice for this room!


Another awesome addition to this room was the island/breakfast nook, which was made out of, get this… kitchen cabinets! Bet ya didn’t see that one coming, huh? It’s actually one of my go-to hacks.


Kitchen Classics Builder Grade Cabinets hacked into kitchen island made perfect sense for this space since Jesse and Laura wanted to maintain the openness, but still create a bit of differentiation between the kitchen and dining area. This is also the perfect place for their boys to eat breakfast and do homework.


We built a base for the island, added 4 cabinets back to back, and topped them with pine boards. We used shelf brackets underneath for some added support on the overhang. Just like that we had ourselves an island for a fraction of the normal cost! Throw in some Office Star Metal Bar Stools to match the look of the dining chairs, and we again tie the whole room together!


The pendants over the peninsula (which I keep calling an island… I do know the difference, I just usually call them all islands) are from Lowe’s mix and match pendant section. They have tons of options for shades and these Portfolio Industrial Cages worked great with the main chandelier in the dining room.

All the fabulous BBQ aside- and trust me there was a lot of it, our crew was in heaven- this was a great Weekender makeover to work on.  Jesse and Laura were awesome to work with and they loved the final results!


Don’t miss a single Weekender Episode- You can watch all 10 Episodes of Season 1 right  HERE !

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*The Weekender Series is a paid collaboration with Lowe’s Home Improvement. I’m thankful for the brands that believe in the mission of East Coast Creative and support my work!*

The comments +

  1. Katrina says:

    Can you find out the source for that rug? I love how you brought in the bright yellow chairs to bring out that pop of color! Also wondering about wall color. I’m digging the mix of beige, gray and yellow in this room. Wonderful job mixing materials and styles. I just found your blog and will eagerly be following in the future. =]

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