Dining Room Reveal

I finally have my first room reveal.  I’m excited to share it with you.

Here is the before picture.


There is a lot of dark wood and a big ceiling fan.
You can link to specific projects for more details by clicking the links below.
1. I started by decluttering the room.  Somehow the dining room became a landing zone for any pieces that we didn’t know where to put.  I’m still not sure where they will end up, but I’m making progress.  Baby steps.
2. Next, I played with Polyvore to “sketch” a visual plan for the room.
3.  I painted the built in cupboard in Annie Sloan Antibes Green.  I veered away from my oringinal plan to paint it white.  I’m so glad I went for it.  It turned out so pretty and grows on me more every time I look at it.  Paint and fabric $42, but I still have a half can of paint left.
4.  I made slipcovers out of drop cloths for the dining room chairs for $20.  It really helped soften the room with all it’s hard wood surfaces.
5. We replaced the heavy ceiling fan with a chandelier we scored from Habitat Restore for $15.  That change really opened up the room.  It fells so much bigger.
6. I played around with canvas and acrylic paint to make some impressionist landscape art.  That project was so much fun.  I ended up making these and not doing a white wash over them. They are not perfect master pieces by any means, but they’ll suffice for now.  They cost under $10, but the fun I had was priceless.
Here is a before view from the kitchen.
The copper wash tub and captain’s chair are family heirlooms from my husbands side.  Someday, I’ll put an easy to care for fern/plant in the copper wash tub.   I think it would be a perfect spot for one. Any suggestions for a black thumb?
7. I painted the buffet in Annie Sloan French Linen mixed with equal parts Old White.  Can I tell you how much I LOVE that color?   It has a hint of lavender in it , but looks gray and goes well with the green and blue in the room.  I found some great knobs on sale which really added a nice finishing touch.  Paint and knobs were $27 together.
I had the lamp already.  I bought it at Home Goods a year ago.  I love the silver sea urchin base.  Sea urchin shells are plentiful on the Maine coast.
The gallery wall is still a work in progress.  I’m still trying to tweek it.  I added a new plate ($14 – bought when I bought the knobs for the buffet) and I think I’ll look for more plates to add at yard sales this summer to fill in the awkward spaces.
I would say the dining room is 95% complete.  The last 5% is the tweeking of the gallery wall.
I spent less than $130 and enjoyed the whole process.

Now onto the living room.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend.
Note:  The color of the paint on the dining room walls is Benjamin Moore Feather Down.


  1. says

    WOW!!! What a gorgeous transformation. I love your neutral theme with a few pops of cottage-y colors. That green hutch is adorable. Your artwork is the cherry on top.


  2. says

    So much prettier and lighter and brighter!
    Congrats on your first reveal! I am sure it is only the tip of the iceberg!

  3. says

    I am loving your wall color. It lightens and brightens but doesn’t look stark. Do you mind sharing the color??

  4. says

    The room looks amazing. I’m so glad you went for a bold color on that hutch because it turned out so beautifully. As for the fern, check out a local greenhouse. There are so many with interesting leaf shapes it’s hard to recommend just one.

  5. says

    I love that you painted the hutch green. It looks so great. What is your wall color? It is so beautiful, adds so much light.

  6. says

    I can’t believe what a huge difference those small changes made! It looks like a totally different space…I love it!

  7. says

    How amazing that adding curtains to the other side of the window could change the look to so professionally decorated. Well done you!! Ps the rest of the room looked fab I was just amazed with the curtains.

  8. says

    pretty! i was drawn to your dining room because your table and chairs look so much like my own! love the green on your hutch!!

  9. Anonymous says

    I like what you did to your dining room however, the chandelier does not look like it is directly over the table? Maybe it’s the photo making it look like it’s over the one chair.

  10. says

    Visiting from MMS… Love your curtains! Did you DIY them or buy? I am on the lookout for great drapes and would love your source!

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