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Dining Room Makeover Progress

July 27, 2015

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Hello friends!  Oh my goodness, have we been busy lately?!  As you know, we recently finished our DIY staircase makeover, which we are SO IN LOVE WITH!  But you may not remember that we have also been working on our dining room makeover…for a while.  I wrote about our plans for our dining room makeover and posted our inspirational mood board for it back at the end of… cough… April.  What can I say, we have a lot going on around here so sometimes things take a long time to complete!

Awesome plans for a budget friendly dining room refresh by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body! See her dining room makeover inspiration and updates!


We are FINALLY making loads of progress in the dining room.  Now, let me remind you what the room looked like before we got started.

As I confessed in the post about our dining room plans, the yellow color I picked for the walls, though lovely, was a HUGE mistake.  And I never did get around to painting the vomit colored trim white {you can read more about our trim problems here}. Vomit and yellow do NOT go well together.  And I STRONGLY DISLIKED the light fixture {I was taught not to use the word hate, though it is tempting in the case of that chandelier}.  Anyway, the photos you see above are what our dining room has looked like for the last 20 months or so.  Not good.  Below is what the room looked like all emptied out and ready for new paint.

Come check out my dining room makeover progress!

The most dramatic change in the room has come from the fresh paint!  We painted the room Opal White by Clark+Kensington in eggshell finish.  I have NEVER painted a room such a neural color before, and I am LOVING IT.  Who knew?!  Opal White is a beautiful neutral, but it is not a true white–you can tell when you compare it to the white trim.  It has a beautiful green/gray undertone.  It is really stunning.

Come check out my dining room makeover progress!

Speaking of the trim, YES, I finally got around to painting over the vomit beige color with a crisp white.  What a difference?!

Come check out my dining room makeover progress!

We also made our own DIY curtain rod out of galvanized pipe that we picked up at our local Ace Hardware, which looks amazing and it was so much less expensive than a substantial curtain rod, especially considering we needed a 10 foot length.  Here is a sneak peek of how the curtain rods and the curtains that I made for the dining room turned out :)  I'm IN LOVE.


We also have another pipe project in the room, but I won't spill all the details just yet.  Here is another sneak peek for you.


And YES, we finally took down the old chandelier and hung this awesome new light, which is a DIY project that I cannot wait to blog about!

Come check out my dining room makeover progress!

You can just glimpse one of the art pieces we added to the room in the background.  That frame you see is another DIY project–we made it from our old, ugly privacy fence and added some cool hardware to it for some flair.

And I cannot leave without giving you a glimpse of the gorgeous rug, which we got from Rugs USA–you can find it here!

Come check out my dining room makeover progress!

What do you think?  We are so happy with the progress so far and there will be so much more to show you!  The BIG REVEAL will be coming in a few weeks!  Stay tuned!  In the meantime, please let me know what your favorite part is so far.

I have LOADS of exciting projects to share with you in 2015 as an Ace Hardware blogger.  Be sure to subscribe to my newsletter by email so that you never miss a post!



I am a member of the Ace Bloggers Panel and Ace Hardware has provided with products used within this project. I was also compensated for my time and this blog post. All opinions and positions expressed here are my own and do not necessarily reflect those of Ace Hardware.  

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  1. Tina Hutcheson says:

    Love the color and pattern for the new diningroom curtians. Please tell me where to find the fabric.

  2. […] or carpet.  Sigh.  (Be sure to check out how we painted the bamboo floors in our kitchen and dining room, and how we painted the vinyl floor in our laundry […]

  3. […] you know, we have been working on our dining room makeover {you can check out our progress so far here}.  We are VERY close to being done, so I am already planning on hosting lots of dinners in the […]

  4. Leigh Anne says:

    I’m loving it!! The light fixture is so cool!!

  5. Shonee says:

    loved seeing your seek peek on periscope! Cant wait to see it all when its finished!

  6. I absolutely love the color!!! Who would have know such a neutral could be so awesome. can’t wait to see the finished product :-)


  7. Mandy Hank says:

    What a beautiful color combination! Can’t wait to see the finished project :)

  8. Vineta says:

    I love how the wall color has just a hint of color when viewed next to the trim. And I NEED that rug!

  9. LOVE opal white! that is the color we painted our dining room back in may. you can check it out here…
    it really is the perfect white in my opinion! love all of your industrial touches, too!
    we are working on our master bedroom and i chose the one one up from opal white- illumination- and it brightened it so much! just painted it this weekend and love it.

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