Sharing our dining room as part of the home tour this week.
I won’t share tons of details as I have already published a detailed before and after post of our dining room last spring. But I wanted to share some updated pictures and also share what I love and any things I want to change about it.
Here’s a quick recap (you can see more before/after photos and in-process photos here).
This was our dining room for the first 5 or so years we lived here. Yes, that is the same room. The chair rail was already there when we bought the house but I did paint the burgundy underneath (think it was navy before?). Then we threw our exercise equipment in there since we didn’t have dining room furniture or any other use for this room.
Then my mother-in-law got new dining room furniture and gave us her old furniture and that started a major overhaul of this room. We added wainscoting picture frame boxes, painted brown on the bottom, and decorated.
But it was way too traditional for my changing taste and the white boxes on the brown paint looked busy to me. I finally got to host Thanksgiving in 2011 so I did a quick makeover on the room 2 weeks before. A quick coat of white paint below the chair rail finally gave me the look I was longing for! And a new neutral grey on the top finished it off (Urban Sunrise by Valspar). I made my own curtains with some deeply discounted Braemore material (Braemore Gorgeous Pearl) – paid $36 for all 4 panel – yes, it was DEEPLY discounted. They are one of the things I get most asked about in my house – love my curtains and apparently everyone else does too.
Here’s an updated picture taken today. Not much has changed.
I added some thrift store plates and a mirror made from a yard sale ceiling medallion. And I hung them with FREE invisible plate hangars made from paperclips.
Finally found some teal napkins to tie into the teal in the curtains.
View looking in from the kitchen.
LOVE, love this white wainscoting.
Things I love:
- the curtains
- the white wainscoting
- the gray walls
- pretty much everything
This little chest of drawers was a $20 yardsale find and I use it as as sort of a sideboard in here.
Things I want to change:
- I would like to replace the wall art above the little chest with a DIY canvas abstract painting type of thing?? Maybe, if I can get up the nerve to do it! Bringing in some of the lighter colors in the room – teal, grays, greens.
- Other than that – not much else. I am super thankful for the furniture, but the style and color is not 100% mine or my husband’s style. So one day I may paint the small chest of drawers, and would love to either paint, refinish, or replace the furniture. But that is a super LONG term project – not something I plan to do any time soon. I have many other rooms and projects ahead of that one on the list.
So this room is pretty much the only room that I can call DONE in my house. Sometimes, I walk in there and look around and just take it all in before I head into the kitchen or our master bedroom which need a ton of work.
Anything YOU would change in this room? I know the style of the furniture with the curtains don’t completely flow but I am totally working with what I have and that is ok with me for now. Totally shows you what a can of paint can do for a room though.