Decorating our new Dining Room with Gumtree

“Decorating our new Dining Room” is in collaboration with” Gumtree.

As you know, we moved house last month and we’ve been having so much fun settling in and decorating!

We previously rented a four bedroom property of about the same size and had all of the furniture we needed. Or so I thought!

The house we’ve moved to is a different layout and our new dining room is now a separate room. Previously we had an open plan Living/Dining/Kitchen layout.

I love that the new dining room is the hub of the home. It’s literally in the centre of the house and where we spend a lot of time.

Decorating our new Dining Room with Gumtree - Love from Mim

Our new dining room!

We’ve been spending some time decorating our new dining room recently. I want it to be the focal point of the house eventually.

Decorating our new Dining Room with the help of Gumtree

When we moved, we brought with us this large, square table from Harvey Norman that we’ve owned for about 18 months. I love that it’s bright, white and big enough for us all to eat together. It’s also a fab table for when we have guests too.

Decorating our new Dining Room with Gumtree - Love from Mim

Our new dining room has two things going against it. Firstly, it’s carpeted. A carpeted dining room with two small kids…well, you can imagine how inconvenient that is!

Secondly, it’s incredibly dark and only has one window.

We’ve tackled the lighting issue firstly by adding in two bright spotlights in the ceiling. They’ve made a huge difference. We’ll deal with the carpet issue further down the track.

To help with making the new dining room brighter and lighter, we’ve been searching for furniture that matches our dining table. That said, our budget is now so tight since we have a home loan to pay off!

About Gumtree

Gumtree Australia is a vibrant community marketplace that connects buyers and sellers in the local community to buy, sell and find just about everything.

There are more than 2.5 million listings across hundreds of categories, including Home & Garden, Cars, Jobs, Baby & Children, Sport & Fitness, Clothing and Jewellery, and 85,000 new ads are posted each day.

Gumtree Australia is also the #1 shopping app for iOS and Google Play stores.

Finding the perfect Piece

I’ve sold a lot of our old furniture on Gumtree in the past. So I spent an hour searching through to see if there were any local sellers offering white furniture or decorative items that would look lovely in the new dining room.

I sorted the search so that the nearest sellers listings came up first. You can also search and filter by price though so it’s very easy to set a budget.

On the first page I found brand new console table from exactly the same range as our dining table! Not even second hand, brand new.

Decorating our new Dining Room with Gumtree - Love from Mim

I hadn’t even realised that this was part of the range as I hadn’t seen it in the store when we bought out table. I checked online and it was no longer listed so I knew I had to grab it.

Getting the best price

It was over $150 cheaper than the original RRP and in perfect condition – plus only one suburb away from where we live. After quickly negotiating via the Gumtree messaging service with the seller, we agreed on a price and my husband picked it up two days later.

Meeting the buyer in person gave us a chance to chat about the item and have a good look at it before we parted with our cash.

If you’re thinking of buying something on Gumtree, remember that it is a marketplace. Don’t be shy to ask for a better price! I simply asked “what is your lowest price if we collect this weekend?” and the seller knocked $100 off the listing price. Easy!

I think he needed to sell it quickly and because we could take it off his hands soon, he was happy to reduce the price for us.

Decorating our new Dining Room with Gumtree - Love from Mim

Harvey Norman Console Table purchased from Gumtree

The console table is perfect. It matches the dining table, it has the same reflective glass top too which will help make the room brighter.


It’s also a perfect table to place some of our photo frames and decorative items. Adding those kind of small finishing touches to the house is quickly making it feel like it’s our home.

I love the ease of selling on Gumtree and I’m so happy that my very first purchase went so smoothly.

Now…on to sorting out the flooring!

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  1. Louise Patterson
    26th May 2017 / 9:41 pm

    Hi Mim, I love the white with the blue shades and touch of aqua in this room. Will you be putting the picture and mirror onto the wall or leaving them propped up? I think it would change the look a little, not so much with your mirror but with the Ozdesigns picture. I’m not saying that it would look better (or worse) just different and something that I noticed. Now that you are a homeowner you can put up picture hooks if you like :) Congratulations on your new home.♥

    • Mim
      27th May 2017 / 12:16 pm

      Thanks Louise! We have literally hung the mirror today and hoping I can persuade my husband to hand the picture this weekend too :) It’s so lovely to finally be able to hang things where we want, when we want! Thank you :) x

    • Mim
      26th May 2017 / 5:42 pm

      Thank you beautiful! We’re slowing getting sorted :) x

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