Hey, everyone! Welcome to Week 1 of the New Year, New Room Refresh Challenge, hosted by my sweet friend Stephanie of Casa Watkins. The objective is simple–take a room that needs some minor lovin’ and freshen it up to ring in the New Year.
On deck is my sad, plain dining room. Awash in a sea of dark brown furniture, it brings to mind days of yore when we all bought furniture in matching sets.
Womp, womp. I’m going to confess that we never use this room, which really bothers me. I believe in using every square inch of your home in some sort of functional way. (I can’t even claim this room makes me happy like my large foyer, which serves no real purpose, but at least it looks nice.)
Here’s the plan:
Replace the captain’s chairs with upholstered chairs. Replace the rinky-dink chandelier with a larger one. Find a gorgeous new rug that Shorty (our dog) will eventually throw up on. Install crown moulding.
- Hang grasscloth wallpaper to the walls that have windows and doors.
- Install amazing floor to ceiling wainscoting on the wall where the buffet is. Also figure out how to pay for it.
- Paint the french doors black to balance out the monster buffet and tie in the mudroom and office.
- 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.
- Accessorize so the lack of number 8 is less obvious. Hope everyone reading understands.
- Revel in the glory of a dining room that we might actually eat in.
Sounds simple enough, right? Here’s the current plan, which I revealed sometime in November because I was just so darn excited about the whole thing:
I’m still excited, but as the numbers start ticking upwards my enthusiasm begins to wane. (Plus, I’m pretty sure we’ve veered off course from a refresh to a full-blown overhaul.) Thank goodness some generous sponsors have stepped in to lighten the decorating load.
I finally have a chandelier that fits the room thanks to Lamps Plus. They also supplied the sunburst mirror, which will hang over the buffet. The grasscloth is being supplied by Wallpaper Boulevard and the accessories will come from World Market. Thanks, sponsors!
Here’s the most recent photo of the dining room taken before Christmas. Progress has since grinded to a halt.
I’m currently getting all of the installations scheduled. Ordinarily, I’d make an effort to DIY something, but now that we’re in the main living areas of the house I’m a lot less likely to play fast and loose with power tools. Plus, my right hand man is gone for the entirety of the challenge. (I know my limits.)
Let’s go see what my friends have planned for their rooms! The reveals will be in just 3 short weeks on January 31st–it’s basically decorating instant gratification.
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Thanks so much for stopping by, and I’ll see you back here next week!