New Year New Room Refresh Challenge, Dining Room Reveal

Hey, everyone! Welcome to the final installment of this January’s New Year, New Room Refresh Challenge, hosted by the lovely Stephanie of Casa Watkins. There are 13 room reveals for you to see today, ranging from play rooms to bedrooms to offices. Basically, there’s something for everyone.

I decided to spruce up my dining room this time around. This was the starting point for the room.

Way back in week 1, I created a goal list. While it would’ve made more sense to check in on it weekly, I pretty much sat around until yesterday and then kicked it into high-gear to get the room finished.

  1. Replace the captain’s chairs with upholstered chairs. 
  2. Replace the rinky-dink chandelier with a larger one. 
  3. Find a gorgeous new rug that Shorty (our dog) will eventually throw up on. 
  4. Install crown moulding. 
  5. Hang grasscloth wallpaper to the walls that have windows and doors.
  6. Install amazing floor to ceiling wainscoting  on the wall where the buffet is. Also figure out how to pay for it.
  7. Paint the french doors black to balance out the monster buffet and tie in the mudroom and office.
  8. Have custom window treatments fabricated and installed. Let me just say this likely won’t happen before this challenge wraps up. See number 6 above.
  9. Accessorize so the lack of number 8 is less obvious. Hope everyone reading understands.
  10. Revel in the glory of a dining room that we might actually eat in.

I’m aware that very little was crossed off the list, and I’m a bit sad because this is the first room in my home that I didn’t decorate the way I’d envisioned in my head. It just didn’t make financial sense to spend $2,300.00 on installing the grasscloth and wainscoting until we get confirmation about moving. Any day now! (Seriously.)

I may install the wainscoting and grasscloth next month, but the room is still vastly improved. Here’s what it looks like now:

This really was an easy update–mainly accessories and better lighting. I did install some ready-made linen panels because the thought of nothing on the windows was more than I could handle.

The chandelier was selected way back when and looks so much better than the old one.

Finally adding lamps to the buffet instantly warmed up the room. You can get a glimpse of the gold-lined lamp shade, which casts a beautiful glow at night.

The new captain’s chairs break the set up and make the furniture look more current. They’re very comfortable and have lines that are similar to the side chairs.

I found the large palm at Lowe’s for $30.00, a steal for a plant this size. It adds some interest to the corner since the drapes are solid.

Valentine’s Day is a great time to grab affordable orchids. The grocery stores all have them in abundance right now.

I found this planter at Homegoods and love how unique it looks. The rim is covered in gold leaf, which I neglected to take a picture of. For shame.

The lamps are a Target bargain purchased during Black Friday sales. I was able to get both the base and shade for $45.00 per lamp. The sunburst mirror was provided by Lamps Plus and is an affordable piece because it’s made of resin.

There is the saddest Albertson’s grocery store not too far from my house. It’s run down but they have the most amazing floral department. I can always find my beloved white Asiatic lilies there. They should be open and gorgeous in about 2 days. (Note to self–buy the flowers earlier when using for blog photos.)

We finally rolled the rug out yesterday and I’m really happy with how it looks. The pattern doesn’t compete with the runner in the kitchen.

It wasn’t the bold change I wanted, but I’m still thrilled with the outcome. It’s so nice to be able to sit around a table instead of lined up like ducks at the kitchen counter when we eat dinner.

Time to go see what the other ladies were able to accomplish. I love makeover reveal day!

Casa Watkins Living // A Designer At Home // Bigger Than The Three Of Us // Domicile 37 // Fresh Crush // Iris Nacole // Monica Wants It // Pocketful of Posies // Seeking Lavender Lane // Sharon Joyce Interiors // This Is Our Bliss // Up To Date Interiors // Vintage Romance Style

Thanks again to the brands who generously offered to provide product for these makeovers!

Thanks so much for stopping by, and I hope you have a great day!