Dining Room Makeover- Before & After

Dining room before and after- amazing what a little paint can do!

We’ve lived in our new house four months now, and I am happy to say I finally have one room completely finished!  We are in the process of painting the rest… and well, it’s been a very long process ha-ha.  I am beyond happy with how the dining room turned out.  It’s quickly become my favorite room in the house.

As you can see from the ‘before’ picture the room was very blah and very dark red.  The colors didn’t flow together and it made the room seem smaller than it was.  I knew I wanted to lighten up the room, especially after putting our dark wood table in there.

dining room chairs- if you think you can't recover a chair, you can. So easy!

The chairs were my first project to tackle in the dining room.  And from the before and after picture, it should be obvious why.  I bought this table off Craiglist for $100.  Can you say steal?  Solid wood, with a fold-in leaf, and six chairs?  I actually really liked the fabric on the chairs, it was a nice neutral color and a nice texture… but I just did not want to put in the work to clean them up.  We lived with them like that for almost two years!  I thought it would be too hard to recover them because I had never done it before.  I can now say- if you think you can’t recover a chair- you can!  It was SO easy!  One of my girl friends helped me and we had it done in no time.  The hardest part was lining up the patterns on all of the chairs so they would be the same.  So keep that in mind when you pick your fabric!  (I got this gray & white damask from Hobby Lobby- $8.99 yd)

DIY Gallery Wall: How to create a photo gallery wall using frames and shelves

My next project for the room was my DIY Photo Gallery Wall- you can read the full post with where to purchase the supplies: here.  Another easy project that really completes the room.

Dining room before and after- amazing what a little paint can do!

Lucky for me the light fixture was already a nice gray finish.  I might try to do something later to “pretty” up the hanging cord. 

Dining room before and after- amazing what a little paint can do!

Here’s a list of the other items I added:

Curtains: Target $19.99
Curtain Rod: Ross $6.99
Fake Plant: Ross $9.99
Vase: Big Lots $8.99
Wall Sconces: We had these, I spray painted them white from black
Candles: Target Threshold hibiscus papaya candle (smells amazing) $2.99
Mirror: Lowe’s (gift from several years ago) $79.97
Table Runner: Ikea $7.99
Gray paint: Olympic brand, Stormy Weather (we color matched to Behr)
White paint: Olympic brand, Gypsum (also color matched to Behr)

Dining room before and after- amazing what a little paint can do!

It’s so pretty now I don’t want to use it ha-ha!  What’s your favorite room in your house?

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9 Responses to Dining Room Makeover- Before & After

  1. Vanessa says:

    Great room makeover.It looks so clean and airy. Love the paint choice and seat fabric. Beautiful! good job.

    Vanessa
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  2. Wendy Frazier says:

    This looks so great! My fav is the chair covers and the hint of yellow.

  3. I LOVE it! Seriously gorgeous transformation. It’s so bright and airy…I love the colors on the walls!
    Celeste @ Our Fabulous Life in the Suburbs recently posted…G’s First 4th

  4. Wow, it looks great! I need to update so many rooms in my house. I pulled the wallpaper off and now I’m stuck with lack of ideas of how to complete several rooms.
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  5. your room looks amazing! it would be my favorite also
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  6. Sarah Tremblay says:

    Very nice work. You have decorated the dining room with proper care and it looks just awesome.

  7. Beautiful I was looking for a color for my small hallway perfect. Thanks.

  8. Hi Emily, your finished dinning room looks great. I have an almost identical fabric (mine is vinyl cause my kids are VERY messy) I purchased to recover my chairs but I’ve been afraid to use it. I wasn’t sure if it would work or not. I’m so happy to see how beautiful your chairs look, now I’m not so afraid to do mine ;). You have given me so much inspiration here. I really love your finished room. Thank you!!!!!
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