Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Dining Room Revamp Reveal!


It's done!  Finally!  We officially win two awards for this project:  1.  Fastest Start and 2. Slowest Finish. 
Let's look at a big before shot and break down the changes. 

Problems and Solutions....
1. Need window treatments.
These were custom white linen hand me down curtains (thank you Mother-In-Law!!) but were a little too short.  A band of Raymond Waites for Mill Creek in Felton Coral was the perfect solution for a punch of color and to add length. Super easy sewing project!  (Let me know if you would like a tutorial on this!)
2. Chairs were insignificant.
So, I actually really loved (and kind of miss) my simple farmhouse chairs.  But the new chairs are much more suited for this big room.  The chairs at the heads of the table were $25 each from Habitat and were recovered in drop cloth and piped in chocolate brown linen.  The other chair seats were recovered also.  Four in a Waverly over scaled floral (can't remember the exact print!)  and the other two in Raymond Waites for Mill Creek in Felton Coral.  Both of these are indoor/outdoor fabrics and stain resistant.  Essential for the kids!
3. Wall color too yellow.
It's not a giant difference.  But, this whole house was painted in a flat yellow tinged cream and we are slowing but surely getting rid of it.  It was a custom mixed color but I have the formula and you can email me if you want it.
4. Furniture on back wall WAY too small.
You can tell in the before picture above.  Tiny console table with an enormous picture over it and ity bity lamps. It was just all sorts of wrong.  But now I LOVE it.  I am most proud that all the big stuff here came from the Goodwill and was revamped!  You can see the buffet story here and more on the pictures later this week but they are stamped original botanical prints for $35 each at Goodwill! The mirror I had and painted it white from red.  And the lamp, which mimic the light fixture, were a Tuesday Morning find. Even the little pillows are from a little piece of hand done crewel (by the sweetest old woman) I picked up at a yard sale and turned into pillows. Obviously she had amazing taste.  She said she did this piece 20 or 30 years ago!
5. Layout needs tweaked for better flow.
By switching the china cabinet and wine bar it made it much easier to walk through to the kitchen.  Small change, big impact.
6.  Needed a happier, brighter color scheme.

 When you walk into the house you first see the new entry bench and then look into this room straight ahead and to the right. You can see this room from almost everywhere on the main level so it needed brightened up. 
The cost break down is pretty unreal.
I spent about $40 on fabric (discount remnants), $40 on the Goodwill dresser turned buffet, $70 on the art, $200 on the sea grass rug (Overstock), $50 on paint, and $90 on the two lamps.  Put it all together with a little elbow grease, a few hand me downs (chairs and curtains) and you get a whole room revamp for only about $500!  Not too shabby I would say.  Especially when you space it out over a year :-)
 It may have taken a year to get it where I wanted up but I love the results.  The pops of pink and green make me smile without being overly girly and I couldn't be happier to mark this one off the list!

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  1. Nice! I love a spacious DR. Sweet table runner with the ruffle.

  2. Very nice Kandi!! Now, I wanna come see it in person :)
    And, yes, I would love a tutorial on curtain sewing (even though I don't have a sewing machine!).

  3. Nice! Ditto on the tutorial. My mother needs some "color pop" curtains for their Mtn. House.

  4. ooh love the buffet!!
    everything looks great

  5. Love your makeover. Your dining room looks beautiful. I love the chandelier. I would love for you to link this up to my party going on right now if you haven't already. I hope to see you there. http:://

  6. Stopping by from the WOW party. I love what you did with this room! I think I like the panels the best! I do a lot of projects on a small budget so I can appreciate what you did. I just finished our master bathroom makeover on a budget.

  7. Can imagine you'll be having some fun in this revamped space soon! Dropping by from the link party - will be following just to see if you do have the fun! Inviting you to do the same at Isobel

  8. Hi, Kandi

    This makeover is beautiful. I love the chairs you have now. I found your lovely blog on Designer Jeans link party. I enjoyed looking around your lovely blog. I am a new follower. Love for you to stop by Have a great weekend.


  9. wowza! the light fixture is stunning!

    hope you'll have a moment to stop by, and i'm hosting a giveaway as well today:

    peace to you.


  10. great job and great pix too! love the pendant!

    You may have heard, but we are giving away a SIlhouette Cameo along with free ad space every week at our link party. Would love if you stopped by!

  11. Wow! Love it! This is the first time I've been to your blog and I'm having fun! It is Great to see a dining room revamp that features .... wood.
    Great chairs. Nice to see a revamp that doesn't involve painting the chairs! ~ Christie


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