It’s been about two and a half years since we first started the dining room makeover! Since then this space has gone through lots of changes… and that’s an understatement! And I’m still not done! For me, any big decor changes are more of an evolution than a makeover! Here’s a look at how the dining room has “evolved” and how it looks from season to season!
Our dining room is square, about 20 x 20. One side is completely open to the foyer. It has three tall windows on two sides and is open to the kitchen on another. There is a small built in hutch in one corner and a high tray ceiling. It’s wainscoting is 50 inches high and was installed when we built our home. It has great “bones”! But it was very very tired and need of a total makeover!
Here’s the dining room gutted… not a beauty shot for sure! If you look in the bottom right hand corner you will see the old wall to wall carpet rolled up. It was a light spring green. Yes, it was!!!! Hello, it was the 90’s… and I was in my “Monet watercolor phase”. And shades of yellow, especially butter, were in every room!
And the plan was to exchange the pastel decor for neutral, updated pieces!
The first thing we did was to lay new hardwood floors… and when I say “we” I mean Bobby and my boys!
We were able to find the exact hardwood color and style that we already had in some areas of our home! There is a tiny difference because the old floors have been aged by the sunlight. Unless you look very, very hard it is not noticeable. The floors are from Casa De Colour and are Gunstock Oak, but they look like a chestnut color.
What a difference already!
Phase 2 was painting. Lots and lots of painting. We decided to paint the walls Sonnet and paint the trim and wainscoting the same color as the rest of the trim in the house, Atrium White. All by Benjamin Moore.
Here’s Bobby painting the trim! If you look carefully, you can see the mahogany chairs and the old upholstery on them.
Once the floors were in and the painting done my plan was to makeover and not replace the dining room furniture. It took us five years to save for the 18th century mahogany and cherry dining room furniture that we bought decades ago!
I would have replace it but we could no longer sell the furniture and get what it’s worth because of the changing styles. Here’s a great lesson… you don’t need to buy furniture that will last generations if you are not going to use it that long!
Phase 3 was all about furniture and rug…
I repainted the the chairs and recovered them. The change was amazing!!! You can see a post about them HERE.
We replaced the head chairs as they were beyond repair and replaced them with linen upholstered chairs by Hooker. I loved their traditional styling with updated fabric, nail heads and distressed, painted legs.
We also purchased a more traditional oriental-style area rug from overstocks.com.
During this time a friend found a fabulous maple buffet for me and I repainted it. You can see the makeover HERE. The lamp on the buffet came from our local Pottery Barn Outlet. I’m still looking for the missing hardware. I really love the original hardware and am willing to wait to find it.
No about the CHANDY! I get so many emails about this chandy. It came from overstock.com. It was a pain to put together… hanging each little crystal, but so worth it!
The next phase…4… was one I kept putting off! Making curtains! This was by far the most ambitious curtain project I’ve taken on. They weren’t difficult… they were just long!!! I also painted and pieced together the curtain rods. You can read about my dining room curtains HERE. Notice the foyer? Still had that fabulous yellow marbled wallpaper in the image. Sometimes I ask, what was I thinking!!!!
During the time I was making the curtains I found a bar cart on sale at Target and made it over too! See the before and after HERE!
I also found a sweet little french-inspired black ballet chair from Ethan Allen. What a deal I got!!!
After the furniture and the curtains I turned my attention to the walls… phase 5!
My local Potter Barn Outlet is a wealth of reasonably priced products!!! I got this big wall clock in the clearance isle.
Shutters and soup tureen lids were added to either side of the mirror…
And after trying a couple of art pieces on the far dining room wall I added these updated botanicals in vintage frames from Luckett’s.
And like all makeovers… there were some oops! I changed out the rug I had originally bought for one that works better with my new decor. The new dining room rug came from Ballard Designs and is an indoor/outdoor style rug. LOVE IT!!!
This room is still not done! Are we ever? Keep looking for a few more tweaks and embellishments!!!!
I hope you liked this long post all about a room going from gut to glam… from tired and outdated to what I had dreamed it could be! But most of all I hope you are inspired to make the changes you need to in your home!!!
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