After having the dining area in my kitchen the same way for the past 7 years or so, I was definitely ready for a Kitchen Refresh on a SMALL BUDGET.
See BEFORE picture directly below.
I actually still like the way this area used to look, but I wanted to lighten up the space without painting for now and give it a different feel when you walked into the room. I somehow went into the direction of a little vintage appeal. For now, I am keeping the farmhouse table and chairs. In the photo below, I added a new shelf to display my wine glasses, side dishes and coffee mugs. I love my new vintage mug tree and pig dinner bell! I kept this old book shelf for extra storage along with the 4 baskets that was on the other side of the kitchen. Basically, I switched places with my blue painted farmhouse cabinet. I used to have a little curtain on the bottom shelf to hide kitchen trash bags and extra paper products. Now those supplies are hidden in the wire basket covered with a dish towel. I also added this corral rug to give this corner a finished look until I get new flooring.
I purchased new valences on the windows and added a cafe curtain on the back door leading to our sun porch. I also replaced my rooster plates and plate rack with free standing white plates.
Before photo below. . .
After photo below . . .
I now feel content with these few new changes!