Dining Area Wall Complete

The dining area wall had been blank for almost a year while I decided what to do with it. My first thought was a plate wall but then I had another idea. In August I put up these tape strips to get a better feel for my idea and as you can tell they stayed that way for a few months (the room is now decorated for Halloween).

Then it took me a few more months to decide what color to paint it. I finally decided on Woodlawn Colonial Gray by Valspar. Can I just say how much I love this paint? I tell everyone who walks into my house how much I do so now I’ll tell all of you.

I finally painted it about a month ago. I bought the shelves back in August from Ikea. Can I tell you how much I love these shelves too?

I painted over the red wall next. After only 1 coat of this paint, the red was 90% covered. This paint is amazing and it goes on so smoothly. Oh, and I love the color! It’s just what I had envisioned for this space.

Now for the shelves. They were so easy to put up. If they weren’t over 6 feet long I could have put them up myself. With hubby’s help they went up very quickly.

I might have hugged and even kissed the shelves a few times. I think hubby was getting a little jealous.

I was able to remove the black floor shelf from the dining area which left a lot more room around the table and chairs.

The bottom shelf holds dishes we use often (sometimes daily).

And the top shelf holds plates I’ve collected for the last few years from Savers, D.I., Ross, and other thrift stores. The most expensive one was $1.49.

“I just love these shelves!” said in my best Agnes voice from Despicable Me. Sometimes I’ll wander into the dining room just to look at them, but I’m not obsessed. The table isn’t usually shoved against the wall. I had just mopped and didn’t notice I hadn’t moved it back.

So now I have to finish painting the kitchen and living room walls the same color. Then I’m doing something with the table, but I’m not sure what yet. I wonder if it will take me another year to figure it out.

{ 14 comments… add one }
  • Angie @ The Country Chic Cottage May 17, 2011, 3:59 am

    Love those shelves Leanne!! 🙂

  • alison May 17, 2011, 5:13 am

    i love how your wall turned out…lovely shade of grey and simple shelves to bear your collection of pretty plates…well done!
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  • Suki L May 17, 2011, 6:44 am

    Lovely, lovely shelves! And that shade of grey is so pretty. Your chandy, however, now feels too dark for the area. Spray paint?

  • sécia May 17, 2011, 12:05 pm

    Lovely room. I’ve recently painted my space gray as well and I love it!

    ♥ sécia

  • Comeca Jones May 18, 2011, 10:55 am

    I love it they are simple but beautiful

  • Stacy May 18, 2011, 8:53 pm

    Beautiful!!!! I love it. I had open shelving in tour first place and I loved it. You are making me miss it…

  • sherry May 20, 2011, 4:07 am

    I love the shelves..so pretty.

  • Beth May 20, 2011, 6:19 pm

    So cool, it is amazing how long projects take from start to finish:)! Very nice!

  • Jenn@eatcakefordinner May 20, 2011, 6:34 pm

    This turned out so cute! What a great idea!

  • Jo (@boogaloo) May 22, 2011, 5:41 am

    I love the simplicity of it. So pretty. And I’m crazy about your hanging light too 🙂

  • Amy June 28, 2011, 6:26 am

    I don’t know how I missed this the first time around! I love these shelves. I love how clean and crisp they look. And gray really is the best color, isn’t it? 😉
    p.s. check your e-mail- I have a question about POV for you.

  • Jamie July 12, 2011, 10:42 am


    Are these the Lack wall shelves from ikea?

    Thanks for your amazing inspiration!

  • Sherry September 26, 2013, 10:21 am

    I love your dining room. I was wondering if you still have it painted the woodlawn gray? I noticed you have oak cabinets, did the paint look good with them? I am trying to find the perfect gray for my kitchen and dining and am leaning towards the woodlawn color. I have oak cabinets so I’m not sure. Thanks in advance!

  • Desiree November 18, 2014, 7:06 am

    Beautiful! I recently bought this paint and started to paint our bedroom and the color seemed very tan! Do you notice this? Does it start to look more “gray” once the walls are painted? Thank you

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