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! 

30 thoughts on “New Year New Room Refresh Challenge, Dining Room Reveal

  1. The changes are gorgeous! I really like the updated lighting, captian chairs, and linen panels. The pops of gold are just the right amount! That rug is perfect for the space. Beautiful.

  2. I think this is a great makeover and the room looks bright and inviting. The buffet and accessories add a great punch to the room. No need for wallpaper!

  3. Everything is very pretty. You don’t even need to finish your list & it still will look lovely.
    Where are your window treatments from? Or did you make them?

    1. Thank you, Mary! The window treatments are from Half Price Drapes. This was my first time ordering from them and I’m very pleased with the quality for the price. The lining isn’t as thick as I’m used to, but they are perfectly weighted and hang nicely after a good steaming.

  4. Oh how gorgeous, Sharon! It’s so fresh and inviting,and I totally understand not wanting to invest in the wallpaper with things up in the air. Even without it, the space is perfection! Looking forward to hearing more about your possible move!

    1. Thanks, Iris! I typically don’t do all white spaces but it’s grown on me. I’m especially glad now that I didn’t spend the money. We’ll need every bit for the next place!

  5. Ok, Sharon. Seriously! I know you didn’t make all the checks, but EVERYTHING you did was deliberate and gorgeous! Your lighting is amazing…that HG planter is so unique and looks extremely high-end and a $30 palm! Not to mention your photography is lovely! I especially love the shots of that grand buffet. Love it all!!

    1. Oh, you’re so kind about the pictures! I took them so late in the day because I was running around last-minute, so thanks for thinking they look good. The HG planter was expensive by HG standards, but I thought it was such a cool piece and it was the day before the post was due. 😉

  6. Oh wow! I love the changes, even if they seem small. There’s a completely new fresh vibe about the space. That buffet is seriously so dreamy.. I drool.

    1. Thanks, Corinna! It’s still a huge improvement over where we started, even if it’s not the huge transformation I wanted. The buffet was my grandmother’s. It’s a total beast of a piece but I love it!

  7. I had to scroll back and forth a few times to take it all in. I’ve never noticed how much of a difference captain chairs (is that what they are called?) can make. My eye goes immediately to them and I feel like it really sets the tone for the space. Also, that console table is the most fabulous piece ever!

    1. I love the buffet, too. It was my grandmother’s and it’s such a unique piece. A little bit too large for the room, but we make it work!

  8. I love what those chair did for this space Sharon! Just love your taste so much! I can’t wait to see how it all looks finished with the grass cloth wallpaper, you know I’m a fan ; )

    1. Thanks, Deb! The grasscloth is sitting in a box in my office waiting for me to figure out what to do with it. I’d love to see the room get finished but not as much as I’d like to move. 🙂

  9. Was so looking forward to seeing number 5 & 6(I knew 6 would be hanging by a thread because of budget). But the room looks amazing as is. Great example that you can still have a fantastic room even with items missing from the goal’s list.

    1. I was bummed about 5 and 6, too. It’s hard for me to be ok about getting the room halfway there, especially because I know the end result would be beautiful. The good news is if we don’t move I’ll proceed with the wainscoting, so you might get to see it after all.

  10. I love it! Updated and bright, and on a budget-which sucks sometimes, but I really appreciate the fact that you have monetary constraints like most of the rest of us. The fact that so many bloggers these days don’t seem to is something I’m really tiring of. Well done. I’m pinning this.

    1. Thanks for pinning, Linda! I tend to forget to do that (bad at promoting) so I appreciate you picking up the slack. 😉 My goal is to decorate once and be done for several years, so I’ll spend the money when I feel like I’ll get a lot of use out of the piece. Just trying to bridge the blogging gap between all-things-thrift and the unlimited budget.

  11. Simple and elegant. I think it looks great! I am anxious to hear if you will be moving on and decorating a new place. It will be fun to follow along:)

    1. Thanks, Kelly! I’m so impatient and the days are dragging by, even though I have a ton of work I need to be doing. It’s hard for me to focus until I know one way or the other!

  12. Looks fabulous! I love all the light you get in the space and the simple accessories make it feel like an elegant dining room. Bravo, friend!

    Side note: did those lamps come with those shades or did you swap them out? (sorry if I missed that somewhere…)

    1. Thanks, Monica! No, the lamps do not come with any shades. Wait for a sale–the price right now is ridiculous. I bought both bases for $27.00 each when I was messaging you about the Target sale in November. The shades are available in store so no need to have those shipped.

    1. Thanks, Jess! The buffet is a total beast but I love it. Not sure the next abode will be able to hold it! I keep looking around for things to get rid of because our house will be half this size and it’s not going well. That’s what I get for only buying things I love!

    1. Thanks, Stephanie! I didn’t do it justice with my pictures (surprise, surprise), but it’s so much better than where we started. Paige has even agreed to keep her puzzle off the table for 3 more nights so we can enjoy it a little bit longer. I may have decorated the world’s nicest puzzle room. 😉

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