How to Make Your Awkward Dining Room Holiday-Entertaining Ready

As Pinterest-perfect as we want our living areas to be, they can often turn into a catch-all for clutter and unwanted furniture we just can't seem to part with. Brit + Co's Vice President of Editorial Annette Cardwell had a dining room with these exact issues. After hearing her (and her family's) wish-list items, which included more seating, better homework storage, and a lighter, mid-century modern feel, we couldn't wait to liven up her space for the entertaining season ahead. Check out the transformation, featuring statement-making DIYs and on-trend products, below.

Annette's dining area needed some brightening up and organizational help. Her grey walls and dim sconces were really darkening the room, and that homework station was definitely showing the wear and tear (and clutter) of many school nights passed. To help Annette, husband Eric, and kiddos Ellie and Judah, we brought in low-profile mid-century modern furniture (like this Seno Oak Table from Article) and colorful, storage-friendly ideas for all those dinner parties and family nights to come.

The three DIYs — a honeycomb accent wall, a multi-purpose homework storage bench, and an up-leveled bar cabinet — provided organization and style. The accent wall made a punchy statement and added extra room for barware. The honeycomb wall also created a stylish backdrop for the upgraded bar cabinet that will store *all* the things. And the new homework area with a bookshelf-turned-bench and caster wheels made it more kid- and entertaining-ready. If you're trying to revamp your own dining room (or tiny breakfast nook), check out the tutorial below and then see our shoppable must-haves to get the look yourself.

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Hello, honeycomb! The freshly painted white wall and pops of coral and yellow bring new life to Annette's space. The shelves also add surface area for Instagram-worthy and oh-so-seasonal vignettes. Scroll through to see how we made the mid-century magic happen.

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Why drop an entire paycheck on a new bar when you can make over the one you already have? Here, we did a little sanding, painting, and wallpapering to brighten up this dark piece. See the next-level transformation by scrolling through.

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Every living space could use a little more storage and seating, especially when children are involved. By turning Ellie and Judah's homework station into a bench, we were able to add extra seating for dinner parties. Click on to see how you can make one of your very own.

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After three easy DIYs and a shopping spree, we successfully turned this dark dining room into a colorful, family-friendly entertaining space. We can already see all the holiday dinner parties and study sessions ahead.

Author: Katie Bond

Photography: Kurt Andre

Styling and DIY Production: Alonna Morrison

Video Production: Michael Sullivan, Conor Hagen, and Alonna Morrison

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