Dining Room Makeover REVEAL!

Last Updated on March 3, 2022

AMAZING, budget-friendly dining room makeover by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body! There is so much texture and interest, and it didn't break the bank!

It's REVEAL TIME!  Can I get a wooo hoooo?!  Y'all, we have been working on our budget dining room makeover for what seems like forever.  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.  We are now done and I am totally in love with this room.  IN LOVE.  I think you will love it, too, which is why I am including a source list for you, as well as loads of DIY tutorials over the coming months.  Stay tuned.

I cannot jump in to the pretty after photos without reminding you where we started.  This is how the dining room looked when we moved into our house.  I didn't like the two toned blue walls AT ALL.  Or the faded and damaged bamboo floors.

Awesome plans for a budget friendly dining room refresh by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body!

So, I completed a little “mini makeover” that turned out to be a total disaster.  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}.  We did paint the floors at the same time that we painted and stenciled our kitchen floors, but the floors looked terribly with the yellow walls.  Anyway, this is how our dining room has looked like for the last 20 months or so.

Awesome plans for a budget friendly dining room refresh by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body!

And here is how it looks NOW!

AMAZING, budget-friendly dining room makeover by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body! There is so much texture and interest, and it didn't break the bank!

AMAZING, budget-friendly dining room makeover by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body! There is so much texture and interest, and it didn't break the bank!

AMAZING, budget-friendly dining room makeover by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body! There is so much texture and interest, and it didn't break the bank!

Now, I know you are dying to know where I found some of the awesome things in this room, so here is the source list!  This post contains some affiliate links for your convenience.  Click here to read my full disclosure policy.

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Now, let's talk about everything we did to transform this room.

1) We painted the walls a gorgeous neutral shade, Opal White by Clark+Kensington, which is only sold by Ace Hardware.  It's the perfect white color, in my opinion.  It's not too stark and is nice and creamy.  Love it!

2) We refinished the dining room table.  It was so much easier than I expected.  You can check out that tutorial here.

AMAZING, budget-friendly dining room makeover by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body! There is so much texture and interest, and it didn't break the bank!

3) We made DIY wood frames for some of the new art prints in the room FOR ALMOST NOTHING from an old privacy fence we tore down.  We added some flat corner brackets that we found in the hardware department of Ace to add an industrial touch.  The tutorial for that project will be up on Remodelaholic soon!

AMAZING, budget-friendly dining room makeover by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body! There is so much texture and interest, and it didn't break the bank!

AMAZING, budget-friendly dining room makeover by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body! There is so much texture and interest, and it didn't break the bank!

4) We made large scale DIY art for the room and framed it out in the easiest way possible–you don't even need power tools for to make these huge art pieces.  Tutorial coming soon!

AMAZING, budget-friendly dining room makeover by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body! There is so much texture and interest, and it didn't break the bank!

5) We got rid of the sad curtain rod that was hanging too low for the room and replaced it with a DIY curtain rod made from galvanized pipe and elbow joints that we purchased at Ace.  Since we needed a 10 foot length it was much less expensive to use pipe than to buy a nice curtain rod–let's face it, curtain rods can be expensive!  Tutorial coming soon!

9) I made some DIY curtains with a fabric that I saw in a store and fell in love with.   They were easy to make and are perfect for the space.

6) I made some DIY curtains with a fabric that I saw in a store and fell in love with.   They were easy to make and are perfect for the space.

AMAZING, budget-friendly dining room makeover by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body! There is so much texture and interest, and it didn't break the bank!

9) I made some DIY curtains with a fabric that I saw in a store and fell in love with.   They were easy to make and are perfect for the space.

7) We made DIY shelves for the bar area using 2 x 12's and more galvanized pipe.  You guessed it, tutorial coming soon :)

9) I made some DIY curtains with a fabric that I saw in a store and fell in love with.   They were easy to make and are perfect for the space.

8) We styled the bar area with some fun DIY typography art and with the coolest wine bottle opener in the history of America.  Yes, I love it that much.

9) I made some DIY curtains with a fabric that I saw in a store and fell in love with.   They were easy to make and are perfect for the space.

9) I made some DIY curtains with a fabric that I saw in a store and fell in love with.   They were easy to make and are perfect for the space.

AMAZING, budget-friendly dining room makeover by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body! There is so much texture and interest, and it didn't break the bank!

AMAZING, budget-friendly dining room makeover by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body! There is so much texture and interest, and it didn't break the bank!

9) I made that stunning new chandelier from the space using a pendant light kit that we purchased from Ace Hardware and an awesome lamp shade that I found in town.  It was so easy and I can't wait to share the full project with you.

9) I made some DIY curtains with a fabric that I saw in a store and fell in love with.   They were easy to make and are perfect for the space.

10) We added some simple, inexpensive slipcovers to the chairs to break up all of the wood tones and added a beautiful Ikat rug from Rugs USA to make the space feel a bit more cozy and intimate.  I think the rug absolutely MAKES this room.  And I promise I diligently ironed the covers, but we have already had people over for dinner, so they have been used and are wrinkled now.  And I'm not ironing them again!  The wrinkles are just a reminder of good company!

9) I made some DIY curtains with a fabric that I saw in a store and fell in love with.   They were easy to make and are perfect for the space.11) We added a small seating area by the large window with some antique banker chairs that have been in my family for generations.  I am still looking for a large buffet for the room to place in between the two chairs, but for now the small table that we refreshed a while back works for people to place their drinks on.

11) We added a rug to warm the space up and make it feel cozy.  

Whew!  We did a lot, huh?!  Now, how about a few more views of the whole room?

AMAZING, budget-friendly dining room makeover by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body! There is so much texture and interest, and it didn't break the bank!

AMAZING, budget-friendly dining room makeover by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body! There is so much texture and interest, and it didn't break the bank!

Soooooooo, what do you think?!  What is your favorite part of the new and improved dining room?  I love it all, but I think the rustic wood frames we made and the touches of pipe in the curtain rods and shelves are my favorite bits :)  Be sure to check back for the full source list next week!

Do you have a room that you want to makeover?

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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.  I was also fortunate enough to be provided with a free rug to try out from Rugs USA.  As always, I would never recommend something I do not truly love!

 

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  1. What a stunning makeover. There’s so much to love–the slip covers, wall coverings, lighting, curtains. It all works so well together. This is being featured at our weekly link party along with one of your other posts.

  2. It looks absolutely fantastic Tasha – so light and bright and airy but with the perfect mix of pattern and colour in the rug and drapes!

  3. What a great space! I love the shelves you used for the bar area, as well as all your carolina art! Thanks for sharing at The Creative Corner!

  4. Love the light and bright feel of your new dining space! Featuring tomorrow on The Creative Corner over on thedempsterlogbook.com. Thanks for linking up with us!

  5. Looks gorgeous Tasha! Love every detail of it specially the bar, curtains and chairs!!!! Wonderful job!
    XOXO

  6. That is beautiful!! It’s amazing how small changes can make such a big difference! Thank you for sharing with us at the #HomeMattersParty

  7. Beautiful makeover! I am loving your color palette. And I have to agree, while the yellow was pretty it wasn’t really working. But now you have a winner!!

  8. Hey! Tasha Thank You! so much for sharing your ideas and inspiring us with such great ideas. We would like to make a pipe curtain rod for our family room this weekend. Could you please share the diameter of the pipe you chose?

  9. This room looks great! I love the look of pipe shelf brackets – I’ve been thinking of making a set for our bathroom. Also – love your flower arrangement :)

    1. Thanks so much, Casey! I was pretty proud of my DIY flower arrangement, so I appreciate that you noticed! The pipe shelves are so stinkin’ easy to make–you will love them!

  10. I just got a room painted white, but I’m going to be beading in it, so want it nice and bright!

    I don’t care for the light, not as much as I can understand your not liking the other one either, but I’m just not into “lamp shades” over pendent lights, especially when they are baskets… looks like a good place to catch cat hair – since I have a cat rescue…

    I love blue, but those blues look like they’ve been around a LONG while, and probably around a smoker, all muted and muddy. However, I truly hate, yes, I will use that word, yellow. I love the floor, table, chairs… but I really love that little table between the bankers chairs and totally adore the giraffe! I love giraffes…

  11. Your dining room looks beautiful and that wine opener is awesome!! I love your style and it’s no surprise considering how much we love pipe projects over here, haha. We have a pipe curtain rod and pipe shelves in our dining room too. Talk about bang for your buck! I also looove all of your DIY wall decor!

    1. Thanks so much, Katie! So funny–I will have to check out your dining room ASAP. I know I love your dining room table, but I never saw the full room reveal!

  12. you are simply amazing..Looks fantastic!!! It’s funny, my dining room was yellow too, I just could not find a way to work with it.. LOL…

    Your dining room is beautiful

  13. Wow! What an incredible transformation! Love everything about it but I think my favorite is the frames. And the song lyric from Zac Brown band!

  14. It looks amazing! I think I remember seeing you post that wine bottle opener on FB, it is stunning! Where did you find it?

  15. What a beautiful transformation. Love all the patterns and textures in the room. Makes it so interesting. Love your white walls. I’ve been redoing my house and painting the walls off white with pure white trim. Very subtle difference, but just enough for a little contrast. I add all my color with decor, just like you’ve done. Great job, once again!

  16. CONGRATs!!!! It looks SO much lighter and brighter I can’t believe it! Not sure how I missed your yellow phase either… Eleanor’s bedroom was that color and it just didn’t work either. Go figure! All your touches look great… Rug is killer, frames are amazing, gallery wall’s so sweet! Enjoy your bright new space!! xx

    1. Thanks so much, Charlotte! You missed my yellow phase because I never blogged about it. I hated it immediately, so it was my dirty little secret :) I have only shared photos of it in connection with this makeover. Though I should blog about the yellow phase now as in, “why you should NEVER pick a paint color as your first step in making over a room.”

    1. Thanks so much, Cassie! I am really happy with how it turned out and I am so excited to hear that someone loves the DIY frames as much as I do! They are one of my favorite parts of the room!

  17. Yay for white walls! Something about them are just CALLING me to recently. What a transformation, so cheerful and bright.

    1. Same here, Amy! It’s so strange, but I already want to paint our guest room with the same color, lol! I never in a million years thought I would paint a room any shade of white, but I am in love!

  18. Tasha!!! It looks AHHHHMAZING! SO much brighter! Thos gorgeous windows stand right out now and everything ties together so perfectly! LOVE it all friend!