4 Genius Hacks for Transforming Your Small Dining Room

First homes (and first apartments) come with so many emotions from excitement to apprehension. There’s a certain freedom that comes with being on your own for the first time and getting to decorate your space in a way that truly reflects your personality. Unfortunately the one thing your first abode usually doesn’t come with is a lot of square footage—think dining rooms that are more like a breakfast nook and living rooms that double as bedrooms. But that doesn’t mean you can’t create a beautiful dining area for entertaining, says Mandi Gubler, the home décor blogger and DIY maven behind Vintage Revivals.

While Gubler isn’t exactly on her first home (she lives with her husband, her 13-year-old daughter, her 7-year-old daughter, and her 10-month-old baby), her client, 20-year-old lifestyle vlogger Aspyn Ovard, just moved into her first place in southern Utah and needed some help making the most of her space-challenged quarters. “I wanted her dining area to feel young and fresh while still grounded,” Gubler explains. “The aesthetic we were trying to achieve is relaxed, collected, and bohemian, with a huge nod to vintage.” 

Keep reading to see how Gubler transformed Ovard’s small-space dining room into a gorgeous area for entertaining with a little help from The Home Depot’s Home Decorators Collection, and get tips on how to get the look for yourself.

What’s your top tip for making the most of a small dining area? Tell us in the comments below!