Fall 2016 One Room Challenge [Week 5: Dining Room Wall Art]

Bold Graphic Glam Dining Room | One Room Challenge Fall 2016 | This is our Bliss | www.thisisourbliss.com

So this is supposed to be the last checkpoint before the big reveal, right?!! Say WHAAAT!?

Week 5 of the Fall 2016 One Room Challenge hosted by Calling It Home has arrived and you know what the tricky part about this week is? Well….on one hand, it’s like, “Yay!! I am so excited about nearing the end of this thing! I just don’t know how much to share with my readers!!”

On the other hand…I’m all, “Sooooo, HOW is this room going to be wrapped up, decisions finalized, styled, re-styled, photographed, re-photographed and posted in less than 7 days!?”

Phwew! I, along with the hundreds of other bloggers who decided to take the plunge and makeover a given space in our home in a very short 6 week period, am sharing the final update on our progress today. Final progress post because the reveal is next week!

So here is where we are at with our dining room with T minus 1 week to go…

ORC checklist | This is our Bliss

  • pick out paint colors
  • paint walls & repair damage / holes 
  • ceiling feature – IN PROGRESS
  • unique wall treatment? – DECIDED NO
  • replace chandelier
  • sconces? – YES!
  • have lighting installed
  • replace blinds – NOT NOW
  • find curtain rods / determine how to hang in bay window 
  • find hutch
    • paint hutch??? – STILL DECIDING
    • zhush hutch + hardware
    • style shelving [& maybe, just maybe pull out our wedding china to store / display!??]
  • order table
    • assemble table
    • style table
  • determine chair situation — how many? what type(s)?
  • order rug 
  • find bar cart
    • find bar cart accessories
    • stock it & style it! – IN PROGRESS
  • find various decor items – IN PROGRESS
  • style, style, style! – IN PROGRESS
    • DIY art
    • DIY cornice boards [see Week 4!]
    • mini bar cart makeover? [Yes, it’s new, but I have an idea ;)]

One aspect of the challenge that I haven’t really touched on yet, are the struggles. This isn’t called a challenge for nothin’! Although we had a blank slate to start with and weren’t taking on / didn’t have the need to take on any demo / reno projects in our space, there were still a few moments of blood, sweat and tears. Well, minus the blood! T built the dining room window cornice boards and I upholstered them. What I didn’t talk about last week, was the OTHER window. Yeah, the one I didn’t show you. The bay window. THAT window, we worked on last weekend and I’ll tell you it was more or less, a 4 person job! Thankfully my parents happened to be in town for the weekend and they were summoned to help out!! The angles of the bay window proved to be quite cumbersome and there were a few things we didn’t think out very well in advance. Like, how the cornice should be built out deep enough so that our drill can fit inside / underneath the cornice in order to be able to secure it to the wall! I’ll be sharing more on the DIY cornice boards in a follow-up post, but so far, these, now beautifully hung cornice boards, gave us a run for our money.

Now, on to a few sneak peeks of the dining room. Do you want to see?

I’ll be the first to admit I’ve never been good at mapping out any of our gallery walls. I did a little bit of layout planning on the floor for our living room gallery wall in the old house, but completely hung the stairway gallery wall on a whim!

But for the ORC, I decided it might be a good idea to sit down with a pen and paper and sketch it out.

I started with this…

Try sketching out your gallery wall layout before you start hanging! | Dining Room Gallery wall planning for the ORC | This is our Bliss | www.thisisourbliss.com

And ended up with these…

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And if you thought I had 1 million googly heart eyes for the chandelier…

dining-room-bay-window-cornice-boardthen let me tell you I have ALLLL the heart eye emojis for these guys over here on the sideline…


These sconces are so fabulous! Their design, material and subtle accent lighting they give off are exactly what I was looking for. You can’t go wrong with these babies!!

I decided to “stack” my frames to create this layout on either side of the window. I’ll go into more detail on these pieces and how I curated the look plus the diy details, too, in a follow-up post. I truly love how these stacked frames flank the window and fall under those magnificent sconces. I think I could put anything under those lights and love the look!

Well, I guess that wraps up another dining room progress check. Don’t worry if you’re stopping by for the first time today, you can get caught up below!

ORC Guest Participant Fall 2016

One Room Challenge Fall 2016 | Dining Room Makeover | This is our Bliss | www.thisisourbliss.com

Week 1 | Before Pictures + Mood Board
Week 2 | Glam Gold Chandelier Options
Week 3 | All The Things are Arriving!
Week 4 | DIY Cornice Boards
Week 5 | Wall Art [we are here this week!]
Week 6 | The Reveal!

A huge thank you to my brand partners who helped make my vision come to life!


*[Affiliate links were used below.]

RugsUSA | Lamps Plus | The Bouqs Co. | Cutting Edge Stencils | Minted | Luna Bazaar

Want to try stacking a few frames in a space of your own? Read this post here and see below!

Get the look | Stacked frames in the dining room | One Room Challenge Fall 2016 | This is our Bliss | www.thisisourbliss.com

[*Affiliate links were used below.]

Floral art | Abstract people art | DIY art [fabric + frame]

 See you back here soon, friends!! There are some wonderful things coming up including the REVEAL of this space!

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  • Kara
    November 10, 2016 at 9:49 PM

    LOVE it! I love how the wood elements are tied in from the China cabinet to the chair legs and the wall art frame! Came together amazing my dear!!

    • Rachael @ This is our Bliss
      November 11, 2016 at 7:50 AM

      Aww thanks, Kara!! If only you lived closer to come over for a dinner party! Miss you! xo

  • allthingsbigandsmallblog
    November 6, 2016 at 7:59 PM

    Rachael, I love how it turned out! It looks fantastic! And I love that DIY art! I might have to make a pillow out of it!

    • Rachael @ This is our Bliss
      November 10, 2016 at 8:00 AM

      Thanks, Annie! I almost made a pillow! I have a little fabric left and still might!!

  • Crystal Fox @ The Weathered Fox
    November 4, 2016 at 5:46 PM

    I love it all! I can’t wait to see it all done!

  • Denise
    November 4, 2016 at 10:16 AM

    Love the art and that window treatment on the bay window turned out amazing!!

  • Lynn Spencer
    November 4, 2016 at 10:00 AM

    Hey Rachel, OK…not only is that the coolest chandy out there, but you’ve picked out some lovely art for your walls and the whole stacked thing works perfectly! Well done!

    Looking forward to seeing the final reveal next week.

    Hugs, LYnn

    • Rachael @ This is our Bliss
      November 10, 2016 at 7:58 AM

      I really like how it all came together! The lights were one of my first items to pick out! Thanks so much, Lynn!

  • Maggie Overby
    November 4, 2016 at 5:10 AM

    Love all the new lighting against the dark drapes, so dramatic!

  • Shining on Design
    November 3, 2016 at 9:26 PM

    This looks incredible!! I LOVE the stacked frames with different sizes. I am definitely stealing this idea 🙂 Can’t wait to see more!!

  • theheatherednest
    November 3, 2016 at 8:56 PM

    I totally love those sconces!!!

  • simple nature decor
    November 3, 2016 at 5:45 PM

    I love the stack style for the Art Work, it something I have never seen before and I love it.

    • Rachael @ This is our Bliss
      November 10, 2016 at 7:56 AM

      Thanks, Maria! I thought I would switch it up and stack them instead of a traditional layout or single piece of art. Give it a try! 😉

  • Colette @ restyle it wright
    November 3, 2016 at 5:33 PM

    All the heart eyes for those sconces and the chandelier! Loving the wall art too!

    • Rachael @ This is our Bliss
      November 10, 2016 at 7:55 AM

      Thanks, Colette! I mean I can’t help but fall in love every time I was passed the lights!

  • Jillian
    November 3, 2016 at 2:21 PM

    Looking great, I love all the art.

  • refashionablylate
    November 3, 2016 at 11:22 AM

    I love all of your artwork and frames and that lighting is amazing!

  • Jeannee | Shepherds and Chardonnay
    November 3, 2016 at 10:48 AM

    I have googly eyes for your chandelier too! Awesome! Your room is going to be gorgeous! I can not wait to see the finish!
    Jeannee | Shepherds and Chardonnay

  • Amanda
    November 3, 2016 at 9:33 AM

    The art looks fabulous – and that chandelier!!!!

  • Charlotte @ Ciburbanity
    November 3, 2016 at 8:51 AM

    I almost got those exact lights for the kids bathroom! I LOVE them and they look much better in a space like yours!

    • Rachael @ This is our Bliss
      November 10, 2016 at 7:51 AM

      Thanks, Charlotte! I think they’d look fabulous in a bathroom!! Simple light with a little pizzazz 😉

  • brepurposed
    November 3, 2016 at 8:46 AM

    Love all of your art choices! Can’t wait to see it all next week!

  • Sarah @ Making Joy and Pretty Things
    November 3, 2016 at 8:10 AM

    Love all of your art choices. And those wall sconces!

    • Rachael @ This is our Bliss
      November 10, 2016 at 7:48 AM

      Thanks, Sarah! It was fun to be able to DIY a couple pieces for the wall, too!

  • Emy
    November 3, 2016 at 7:48 AM

    Love the art choices! Such a nice mix!

    • Rachael @ This is our Bliss
      November 10, 2016 at 7:47 AM

      Thank you, Emy! It was fun to switch up the frames and mix DIY art with other art prints!

  • Cassie Bustamante
    November 3, 2016 at 7:23 AM

    oh i love that arrangement!

    • Rachael @ This is our Bliss
      November 10, 2016 at 7:47 AM

      Thanks, Cassie! I thought I would try something slightly different than the norm 😉

  • ashley@biggerthanthethreeofus
    November 3, 2016 at 7:21 AM

    Major heart eyes over those sconces!

  • Brittany Goldwyn
    November 3, 2016 at 7:13 AM

    I just love your style, Rachael! Great art choices–I can’t wait to see the whole room.

  • Delia Gibbs
    November 3, 2016 at 3:14 AM

    I love your choice of art. I am still on the hunt for it, after receiving two orders with broken glasses…challenges! Good luck!

  • Ariel
    November 3, 2016 at 12:02 AM

    I love the art choices! I would definitely pick those. Looking forward to the reveal!

  • Emily
    November 2, 2016 at 11:51 PM

    The art & your gallery walls look beautiful!! I love the variety! And I’m with you on the things-we-didn’t-fully-plan-out… I feel like our entire ORC project so far has been “oh wait, we forgot to consider _____”. I hope this last week goes smoothly for you! Can’t wait to see your full reveal!

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