Dining Room Progress Report


Happy 4th of July Friday, everyone!  After a bit of a hiatus {due to starting a new job}, I’m happy to be back on the blog and excited to share some progress we’ve made in our dining room.  We’re only halfway through the projects we have planned for the space, and already the room is feeling brighter and more inviting.  I can’t wait to see the end result once all of the final decorative touches are added.  In the meantime, I thought it would be fun to share what we’ve done so far…


As you can see in the “before” photos above, when we moved in, the walls were painted a dingy salmon pink and were littered from end to end with large nail and wall anchor holes.  We repaired the walls and gave them a fresh coat of paint {Tinsmith by Sherwin Williams}, which did wonders to open up the space.  Paint is always a great way to add big impact without spending a lot of money.  Case in point: our dining room table.


When we bought the new house, JC’s parents graciously gave us their kitchen table set.  Since the finish had some wear and tear, we decided the table and chairs would make a great DIY makeover project.  We didn’t have much of a plan in mind when we went to pick out paint colors beyond wanting something to compliment the new wall color.  After a good hour or so of indecisive hovering over the Home Depot paint counter, we finally settled on a combination of a dark gray-brown and a silvery light blue (Behr Premium Semi-gloss in Burl and Millennium Silver, respectively).


In the photos above, you can see the “before” table {a cream painted finish with light wood top and drawer pulls} in the process of being painted by me this past Winter {as evidenced by my hat, vest, and holiday coffee!}.  A few coats of paint transformed the table from a country basic to a fresh, modern piece to suit our new space.  My favorite detail, though, has to be the new metal drawer pulls, which bring a nice textural element to the room.


Now that the walls and table are finished, our next step is to either refinish the matching chairs {which we’re currently using as-is} or find new chairs to compliment the table.  I think I’d like to incorporate some upholstered parsons-style chairs or something in a metal or natural fiber to add another layer of texture to the room, but I’m still searching for the perfect solution. {You just know it when you see it, right?}


Our remaining projects for the room include refinishing a vintage buffet/sideboard we found to go on the far wall {under the painting currently hanging above}, replacing the underwhelming fluorescent light fixture over the table, and then – my favorite part – adding all of the fun, decorative accents like art, window treatments, and décor pieces.  In the long term, we would also love to replace the wall-to-wall carpeting with all hardwood flooring, but for now, we’ll make the best of what we have.



What do you think?  We still have some work ahead of us, but I’m happy with how things are progressing.  I’d love to hear how you would finish the space.  What would you choose for seating, lighting, window treatments, etc.?  I can’t wait to read your suggestions!

Wishing everyone a happy, fun & safe Independence Day Weekend!



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