Styling dining room shelves for fall

When styling kitchen or dining room shelves my first order of business is to start with a blank canvas. In our dining room there are built-in bookshelves that flank one side of the fireplace. 

I gathered my favorite dishware and organized the pieces by color on top of my dining room table. This gave me a good idea of what was shelf worthy.  After sorting through all the pieces I decided to go with white plates and bowls.

I stacked the plates and bowls in various heights and placed them in a row.  This adds visual appeal and keeps the shelves organized.


Now that the plates and bowls were in order, it was time to add interest to the shelves.  I call this part adding personality and it is one of my favorite things to do when styling.  I interspersed textures of wood, glass and metal and kept the color palette neutral.  An unexpected burst of orange and red was added with the faux fruit and a splash of blue with a stack of transferware cups.

Nature is another way to add personality to shelves.  I placed acorns in a collection of mason jars, displayed a single pine cone on top of a wood cutting board and added a bouquet of hydrangeas to a metal bucket.

My MARKET sign is the focal point and the star of the shelves.
 If you would like to see how I made it, you can read about that here Shiplap Market Sign

I styled this photo slightly different and added a small canvas print of a feather.






There you have it!! 
 A few simple ideas to decorate for fall and an easy way to style a bookshelf.
xo Julie

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Painted farmhouse style cabinet

Paint is a great way to change the look of furniture.  I took a small curio cabinet and used white latex paint to give it farmhouse style.  I use the cabinet to display my collection of blue and white plates.



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BEFORE


Before I started to paint, I prepped the cabinet.
I covered the mirror with paper and painters tape, took the glass off the door

AND
 Stripped the original stain using a palm sander.

Next I was off to my favorite home improvement store to purchase the paint. I like to buy oops paint for my furniture projects, so I headed over to that section.  I was in luck when I found two sample jars of white latex paint for $1.00.  Paint samples are great for small projects like this.  In case you're wondering what oops paint is, it is paint that home improvement stores tint incorrectly and the purchaser is unhappy with the color.  If you want to save some money on paint, find out where the oops paint is in your home improvement store.

Now it was time to paint the cabinet.
  I gave it two coats of paint.

After the paint dried, I distressed the cabinet with sandpaper.

 I purchased a roll of chicken netting and used my wire cutters to cut the size I needed for the door.

Since I was going Farmhouse Style with the cabinet, I wanted the shiny chicken netting to look rusty. My solution....Shop Michaels Online.  I used  Burnt Umber acrylic paint from their Folkart collection. It is a water-based acrylic paint with great coverage and cleans-up with just soap and water.  I brushed it on with a foam brush and that was it.  Small screws and staples were used to attach the chicken netting to the door.


I love blue and white, so it was a no brainier as to what I would display in the cabinet.  I have been collecting blue and white plates over the years.  I have some displayed on my wall and on a plate rack in my kitchen.  Now I can display some in my new farmhouse cabinet.







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