Lazy Girl’s Guide To Sprucing Up Furniture

What to do with the space next to our living room … Another sitting area, or a dining room? Just another tough decision in the world of being an adult.

I can imagine myself as a kid being asked this and my response would most definitely be, WHO CARES? LET’S GO PLAY.


Unfortunately I am no longer a kid, so I do care now. I care a lot.

I simply don’t work well when our house is out of order, it’s messes with my energy. I know that sounds weird but it does. So today my mission is to get our house set correctly, or at the very least, better than it is now.

Let’s take a look at what I’m facing, shall we? Example 1: sitting room before.

Example 2: sitting room becomes dining room. ish.

Use your imagination here. (I took this pic a second ago and obviously didn’t clean up anything.)

We need a more colorful rug. Recover the chairs. Add another navy chair so it’s two and two. Different wall decor. Cool place settings. Cool stuff in the hutch. Cool light fixture. Basically more cool everything.

My mom purchased this mid century table and hutch for us as a Christmas gift and we love the pieces, but it needed a little sprucing up. And so I discovered Danish Oil, which is a miracle worker!

Left side shows the Danish oil, right side does not. Right side also shows my phone shadow as I’m clearly a professional furniture photographer.

Danish Oil is like the lazy girl’s guide to refinishing furniture. Here’s how you use it:

1. Dust/Clean furniture.
2. Pour oil on rag.
3. Wipe rag on furniture.
4. Repeat.

Some people were blessed with the DIY gene. I was not. The furthest I go with my crafting skills is using puffy paint on photo frames and then pouring glitter all over the top. I painted a dresser once and five years later every single drawer is still stuck shut. It’s just not my thing.

All that said, I think my strongest decor skill is that I’m not tied to anything. If I get this room completely done and realize it doesn’t work, well then we start over. It’s annoying, but trial and error is the only way I get things to work around here.

So my question is… do we keep a sitting room – I’ll update the white swirl chairs, possibly with these Phoebe chairs that I think are really fun.

I love our clover coffee table (seen in pic two) but it disappears where it is now, so I’m already planning to move it into our main living room (as seen below, I put it there just to “stage a pic” as bloggers say, because I’m fancy like that.) But now it will be moved for good.

PS- just saw it’s on sale for only $209 now. The piece is even better in person!

Or… Or do I go all in with a mid century inspired dining room?

Pics are blurry because I grabbed them straight from Pinterest, I can’t figure out how to source them as they all came from a board named “The High Boy.” So if they’re yours, let me know and I’ll add the proper tag.

Decisions. Decisions.

I’m off to see what I can find. First stop will probably be Home Goods. Then Cb2 to day dream about these beauties. And I’ll end with a stop a stop at West Elm.

Dining room or sitting room…. WHAT DO YOU THINK?

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