Monday, November 9, 2009

Dining Room Remodel - Drab to Fab!

When Scott and I bought our house, we knew that almost every room would need some work. One of the (many) rooms that was in need of a remodel was the Dining Room. (Actually, every single room in the house needed one. But I digress.) Case in point:

This picture was taken before the previous family moved out. I would never in a million bazillion years buy a dining room table and chairs that looked like that. Nor would I pair it with that...cabinet? I'm not even sure what that thing is. It looks like it has the wreath from the previous Christmas on top of it. (P.S., this picture was taken in March.) I love to use photos we took during our walk-through as "before" pictures, because they are so horrible. This family had no sense of style whatsoever. Just wait till you see the Family Room before/after. HA! (Think yellow walls, red fireplace.....yep.)

My biggest beef with this room was the chandelier - I despised it. I was also not a fan of the hunter-green below the chair rail. (Better picture below).

Please disregard the mess in the "formal living room". (I can't WAIT to show you what we've done in there...we aren't finished yet, but it's close!)

Anyway, our first order of business was to paint. Unfortunately, when we did this remodel, I was not a blogger. So I only thought to take before and after pictures, and I don't have any "in process" pictures.

We decided to paint the room "Boardwalk" (which is a Martha Stewart Valspar paint color at Lowe's...#MS129). We bought all of our dining room furniture from Target - both the table & chairs, as well as the china cabinet.

We found the light fixture from Lighting Universe. The curtains are from Lowe's and the accessories on the dining table are all from Bed, Bath & Beyond. Kirkland's was going out of business at the time we did this remodel, and I was able to get a great price on the mirror.

So there you have it! Drab to fab!

Linking this post to Between Naps on the Porch's Metamorphosis Monday.


  1. What a difference. Love the outcome.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  2. Wow! What a huge difference! LOVE how it all turned out! I'm a huge fan of the modern/contemporary look, so I absolutely love this!

    My house next??? ;)

    Can't wait to see how the living room turns out!

  3. That sure is a beautiful transformation!

  4. The dining room looks wonderful, so updated and fresh, love what you did with the drapes and getting rid of that green on the wall, good job, I am a new follower of yours, come for a visit

  5. Wow! This looks fantastic! Well done!

  6. So all you need to do is put together a little binder of these before/after shots and send them to HGTV so I can watch your new TV show soon.

  7. Y'all did such a marvelous job! It looks amazing!

  8. LOVE LOVE LOVE! Looks fabulous! I love everything. I'm totally going to check out the lighting place you mentioned. I need a new light for our eating area. Great job!

  9. This looks really elegant and welcoming. You are very good at this!
    Best wishes, Natasha.

  10. amazing! im surprised u got those gorgeous curtains at lowe's? i wouldve never thought to look there.