Dining Room Makeover

For today’s Makeover Monday I want to talk about my Dining room. Technically we have 2 dining rooms in our home, one is formal and this one is more functional every day use. We have an old house and its not exactly all open layout, but we really love having a formal space for entertaining and a functional room where my husband and I share meals every day.


This is what the room looked like when we bough it.

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What this room looked like after I did some painting.

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Notice the difference furniture makes! And color choice is everything! 


What this room looks like now.


This room took a lot of work and it was definitely a process! It took 3 different rugs to figure out which one fit this room the best, and this table was a process to re-furbish! Take a look at the buffet by the window, it was a dark brown color, all real wood and extremely heavy! It was originally with a big towering top that had some shelving and a mirror on it, the dining room table and chairs are all part of the same set. I am so happy with the way this table came out! It’s hard to imagine the transformation without seeing before and after pictures.

My color theory:

In this room I wanted to have vibrancy, mind stimulation, conversation, brightness and light! There are trees right outside the window providing a lot of shade, so being brown this room was very dark and depressing. I don’t see any reason why brown should be a color for walls, definitely not this shade of brown. Since the house is Dutch colonial I wanted to have a very light hint towards reds, white and blue shades all throughout the house, and since royal blue is my favorite color the inspiration took place!  There are a lot of traveling references in this room and this room became a greek island decor inspired scheme. Slowly I found each piece like the curtains that really complete the look of the room, the cork map, the wine holders and the cork holder shaped in a bridge. Now I definitely enjoy being in this space and this shade of blue just makes me smile.

Here are some more pictures:

This table is from 1950s, with the original wood work. I painted it white and reupholstered the chairs. (the chairs were a crazy mess, I will post the before and after on the separately) There were two sleeves that went into the table and I took them out to make the table more stable, the sleeves I used to make 2 coffee tables in the Parlor. See the Parlor makeover.




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I love decor pieces that are unique and stand out! This mirror with the white border is amazing, I found it at Home Depot for $19.99! The cork map is a stick on from Amazon.com which I found for $35. It has a few pins stuck in it already to represent the places and countries we’ve traveled to. Choose your decor wisely and take your time picking the perfect items that describe your interests, values and hobbies. 

I hope you enjoyed this makeover and found some inspiration for yourself and your next project!

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  1. Thanks so much!!!! I love that you saw the color as green because I picked it to be yellow in sunlight and green when its darker, and it totally works! There has been a huge switch from all things beige and browns to cool tones and shades of grey. In my opinion anyway grey is the new beige.


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