Dining Room Tour and Decorating Ideas

Dining Room Tour and Decorating Ideas


– Welcome back to Engineer Your Space. I’m Isabelle. Today I’m giving you the
full tour of my dining room, including all the projects
that I did in here to make it a wonderful,
welcoming place to entertain. (upbeat jazzy music) Just like everything
else in my LA apartment, my dining room was
pretty white and boring. So the plan I came up with to add some architectural interest and to give it a warmer feeling was to build some wall panels that also incorporate banquette seating, which I love. The first part of the project was to build the bench out of MDF. I had all the pieces cut
at the hardware store and I assembled it using
clamps and a drill. I primed it and painted it white and also made a no-sew
cushion to make it more comfy. Next I made an upholstered back using pegboard and foam that I covered with
inexpensive drop cloth fabric. The last step was to add some buttons for a tufted look. With all the pieces for
the banquette complete, it was time to build the panels. I made them with 1/4-inch plywood and one-by-two pine boards that I cut to size at the hardware store. I glued the one-by-twos to the edge of the plywood using clamps and then I reinforced
the corners with screws. I also had to prime the panels because I chose to cover them using this beautiful, shimmery grasscloth. For the side panels, I glued and wrapped the grasscloth around the sides to cover them completely. And for the middle panel, I flipped it around and only put the grasscloth in the middle to make it look like a frame. I hung all the panels using French cleats. Using a Post-it note is a great trick to catch all the dust. With all the panels installed, I turned my attention
to accessorizing them. For the middle panel, I made an art piece with driftwood that I
had found at the beach. And for lighting, I decided to reuse these wall sconces that I had made for my New York apartment. I made holes in the panels to be able to hide the cords, and then I plugged the
wall scones into a receiver that’s controlled by a
wireless wall switch. So no electrician needed for this setup. Next I had to deal with
the vertical blinds. I really don’t like them, but I had to keep them in the dining room because of the afternoon sun. So I used a curtain panel to hide them, which I hung using a wood dowel that I slid inside the existing
hanging hardware brackets. I can use the blinds when I need to, but I don’t have to look
at them all the time which makes me happy. For the table and chairs, I went with this
inexpensive set from IKEA. I stained the legs of the
table to make them white and I painted the chairs to match the blue in my kitchen and upholstered the seats
in a matching fabric to make them more comfortable. The latest addition to my dining room is this side table that also doubles as a scratching post and extra seating. It was a really easy project. I used two-by-threes and a pre-cut wood
circle for the structure, which I then covered with a concrete form that I wrapped in sisal rope. I’ll show you in my detail how I made it in an upcoming video. Putting together this dining room took a lot of work, but it was well worth it to have a warm and inviting place to entertain my friends. If you want more information on all the projects that
you saw in this video, you can click on these links here, or you can go to my website engineeryourspace.com. Don’t forget to subscribe
to my YouTube channel and I’ll see you next time. (upbeat jazzy music)

42 thoughts on “Dining Room Tour and Decorating Ideas

  1. I love your Chanel and al your idea, but we need to se more frecuent videos like 2 or 3 pre month 😁😁😁😀 👍👍👍👍👍

  2. love💕 and seen👀 all ur videos, curious when u coming up with something new, either ur apt or someone elses.

  3. Excellent video, Isabel! I like how you can easily explain and show how easy it is to do :). With pleasure to watch your channel.

    Mark Fisher. Ukraine

  4. Great! I wonder how long did all the project take? I mean the whole process: envisioning, buying materials, realization.

  5. Isabelle, you are a genius! Keep those projects coming! I can't find a nice corner shelving unit for my dining room and wonder if I can make it myself. Corner shelves and cabinets are useful and take a little space in a smaller apartments. Thanks!

  6. Super creative! I am always impressed by the ideas you share in your videos, especially for small spaces. So much style happening I always watch two or three times to capture what is really happening. Loving it! -Alandon Joe

  7. You are right. It looked like you did put a lot of work into it. But it turned looking warm and inviting. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Youre amazing. Dont know how u dont have a million followers. I think your creativity and ingenuity is awe inspiring. You prove you dont need to play a "girl with a hammar" to decorate! Would love to see more personal vlogging on how you handle shoping and providing measurements for cuts. Im sure youve encounter a lot of misogyny, and providing advice for the nonaverage hardware person may provide courage for your subscribers to do some projects!

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