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Dining Room Makeover Plans

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Hello Friends,

If you like traditional decor that is peppered with chinoiserie, vintage, modern, and a touch of French, you’ve come to the right place.

And if you like outdated rooms that are practically gutted and totally refreshed using fabric, paint, and a boatload of elbow grease, you’ve also come to the right place.

The photo shown here is a peek of the foyer opening to the dining room, which is the focus room for the Fall One Room Challenge.

Dining Room Makeover Plans: Fall ORC Week 1

Spring One Room Challenge 2017

If you follow this blog, you recall that last Spring was the first time I joined the One Room Challenge. And despite the fact that I started with a room freshly painted by pros, it was still six weeks of the most fast and furious work I have ever known. In case you missed the great room makeover, here’s the before. We had a roof leak that allowed water to run between two walls and into the basement. And because of the height and the skills needed to repair the drywall, I had to use pros to get the room to the point where I could take over.

BEFORE: Great room makeover Spring One Room Challenge |

Here’s what the room looked like the day the painters left.

DURING: The day the painters left | Great Room Makeover | Spring One Room Challenge |

And here’s the after. I share this so that when you see the before of the dining room, you won’t turn and run at top speed in the opposite direction. LOL. Just know that this kind of room is where hope lives. Where there is fabric, paint, and a determination to get it done, hope lives here.

AFTER: Great Room Makeover Spring One Room Challenge |

Fall One Room Challenge 2017

Now fast forward to Fall and the BEFORE photo of my outdated dining room. This is the view as you round the corner from the kitchen.

BEFORE: A view of my outdated dining room from the kitchen | Fall 2017 One Room Challenge |

From the foyer and looking left, this is the view. It’s a good size room, but has only two official walls. The other walls spill over into the foyer, so technically I am refreshing the dining room and foyer in this challenge.

BEFORE: A view of my outdated dining room from the foyer | Fall 2017 One Room Challenge |

If you stand in the foyer and look towards the back of the house, you see the staircase and the great room. I once said that I live in a donut. With these photos, you can understand what I mean. I have basically one continuous room that goes in a circle. 

BEFORE: A view to the back of the house from the edge of the dining room | Fall 2017 One Room Challenge |

In the Beginning

And so we begin by emptying the room of everything except the hutch. Because it was going to cost a fortune to move it and then move it back into place, I had to work around it. But that’s how DIYing goes. You just find a way to make everything work.

Getting Started

The plan kinda came together over a series of weeks as I found fabrics, paint colors, and a new rug. I actually found the rug first and then moved on to paint and fabrics. Here’s a little peek of the rug, just so you can see the direction for the flooring. I’m going light. Some people say scary light, but I think it’s just right.

Rug for the dining room makeover | Fall 2017 One Room Challenge |

Plan Your Work

Of course, the rug triggered the wall color and plan making was off and running.

Step 1 – Walls and Ceiling

  • Add over 300 linear feet of molding to the walls.

  • Paint the walls/trim (Arcade White) and ceiling (Calm).

  • The Deep Pink will be used to add a surprise pop of color.

Wall/trim and ceiling paint colors | Fall 2017 One Room Challenge |

Step 2 – Refinish five (yes! five) pieces of furniture using the products shown here plus several more that missed the photo. Included are:

  • a stationary bar

  • a bench

  • the dining room table

  • a console table

  • and part of the hutch.

Some of the tutorials for these pieces are already live. If you’d like to see them, I will add the links at the bottom of this post.

Refinishing furniture and accessories for the dining room | #spon #Fusionmineralpaint | Fall 2017 One Room Challenge |

Step 3 – Use a combination of linen fabrics for:

  • draperies

  • chair seats, and

  • an unstructured slipcover.

The slipcover is my hat tip to French decor. It’s so amazing to see the soft, feminine gathers of the gauzey fabric work so well with the masculine lines of the dining room set. I can’t wait to show you.

Fabrics for draperies, seatcovers, and slipcovers | Fall 2017 One Room Challenge |

Step 4 – Add overhead lighting with bling. LOL…..What can I say? Right now, I’m loving me some bling.

New light fixture | Fall 2017 One Room Challenge |

Step 5 – Fill the room with colorful accessories. Sorry guys, but this is as much peek as I can give for the accessories. Some are already in photos with the refinished pieces, but I am truly trying to keep them under wraps until the reveal in Week 6.

Colorful accessories to fill the space | Fall 2017 One Room Challenge |

And when it all comes together, my home will have a new room to enjoy with family and friends. This was always the goal. We (the guys and I) wanted to create a room that all of us would feel comfortable in. The guys didn’t want frills and I didn’t want masculine. Together, we came up with a great compromise. 

I do hope you will join me and all of the other bloggers as we share the journies of our One Room Makeovers.


Next week, we will look at the updates on the ceiling and walls. Here’s a little peek.

Dining Room Makeover |


But first, many thanks to our wonderful hosts.  

Linda from the blog, Calling It Home and House Beautiful magazine. 

Click here for Guest Participants and here for Featured Designers

We appreciate you all so much!

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But in the meantime, if you appreciate this plan, please…


Peek of the foyer as it is under construction. Two walls of the foyer contribute to the dining room so they are refinished along with the dining room. See the eclectic traditional plan, which includes chinoiserie, modern, vintage, and French on the blog | #ORC #Oneroomchallenge #eclectictraditional #diningroom |



Outdated Bench Refresh – How to Paint the Frame and the Fabric

Stationary Bar Cart Refresh Using a Combo of Paint and Wax

Traditional Meets Trendy – Console Table Makeover in Metallic Paint

Spring 2017 ORC – Great Room Refresh






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  • Reply Susanne October 4, 2017 at 8:46 pm

    What great bones your dining room has! I can’t wait to see the progress with those lovely fabrics. Girl that molding is AAAmazing!!!

    • Reply theChelseaProject October 4, 2017 at 9:14 pm

      Hey Susane. Thanks girl. I am excited to be underway and have you share this challenge with me! XOXO

  • Reply Tee October 4, 2017 at 9:01 pm

    Your dining room is going to come out amazing, Suzie! I love all the peeks already. Love your walls! What a great space to work with!

    • Reply theChelseaProject October 4, 2017 at 9:16 pm

      Hi Tee. Thanks so much. Can’t wait to show you the walls. I installed the moulding all by myself and have been hit in the head a gazillion times. LOL.. Great to see you!!

  • Reply Ruthie October 5, 2017 at 12:43 am

    I love me some bling too! Your great room transformation was beautiful! Looking forward to seeing your dining room reveal!

    • Reply theChelseaProject October 5, 2017 at 2:20 am

      Hi Ruthie! Thanks so much. Great to share with challenge with you.

  • Reply Colette @ restyle it wright October 5, 2017 at 7:52 am

    Your house has such beautiful details and molding! Can’t wait to see this!

    • Reply theChelseaProject October 5, 2017 at 9:25 am

      Thanks Colette. I hear it’s all in the details. Hope so…I’m trying to beef up the details. LOL… XO

  • Reply happilyorganizedchaos October 5, 2017 at 9:16 am

    Love the fabric choices. Can’t wait to see how it all turns out!

    • Reply theChelseaProject October 5, 2017 at 9:24 am

      Thanks so much! I’m looking forward to the reveal post, too!!

  • Reply heyfitzy October 5, 2017 at 10:36 am

    I love all your selections so far…especially those fabrics. Can’t wait to follow along as this room transforms!

    • Reply theChelseaProject October 5, 2017 at 12:14 pm

      Hey Tammy and thanks! Can’t wait to tell you the story behind those fabrics. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Mary Hunnicutt October 5, 2017 at 11:12 am

    You have a big list to do, but I know it will look gorgeous! I am crushing on that light fixture already!

    • Reply theChelseaProject October 5, 2017 at 12:15 pm

      Hi Mary and thanks so much! I do have a big list …. trying not to panic. LOL.

  • Reply Marie October 5, 2017 at 4:00 pm

    So intrigued by all these sneak peeks. If it’s anything like your great room, it will be stunning!

  • Reply Toni October 6, 2017 at 2:16 am

    I can’t wait to see it all unfold week by week. I love your style and I know it’s going to be just beautiful!

    • Reply theChelseaProject October 6, 2017 at 8:24 am

      Hi Toni! Thanks girl. XOXO

  • Reply cristina October 6, 2017 at 9:44 pm

    It’s so exciting to follow you on this new journey! I love what you did to the great room and I know your dining room it’s going to be spectacular! The fabrics, the rug, that chandelier…. I can’t wait to see!

    • Reply theChelseaProject October 7, 2017 at 1:02 pm

      Thanks Cristina! You’re the best and I am so encouraged by your comments. XO

  • Reply Karen Marie Kedzuch October 7, 2017 at 3:40 pm

    Your style and DIY talent is truly a favorite of mine. I am anticipating a dining room with your special touch .
    Happy Creating,
    Karen Marie

    • Reply theChelseaProject October 7, 2017 at 3:51 pm

      Oh Karen, thanks so much. You just made my day! XO

  • Reply Jessica Devlin October 8, 2017 at 1:35 pm

    Wow I miss so excited to see this transition! I love detailed trim work to the point that I’ve been trying to figure out how to work it into my more modern space! So much insperation!!!

    • Reply theChelseaProject October 8, 2017 at 1:47 pm

      Thanks a million, Jessica! The post on how to get the moulding designed is coming in Week #2. I hope there are helpful hints for you! I think the more moulding, the merrier. LOL. Thanks so much for stopping by! Appreciate!! XOXO

  • Reply ttbousumsncom October 8, 2017 at 4:03 pm

    This is going to be gorgeous!! I can’t wait to see it all come together!

    • Reply theChelseaProject October 8, 2017 at 6:26 pm

      Thanks so much! Appreciate your sweet comment and for stopping by!

  • Reply Jessica | Petal + Ply October 9, 2017 at 9:55 pm

    Loving everything I’m seeing so far!! That pretty. Can’t wait to see more!

    • Reply theChelseaProject October 10, 2017 at 11:18 am

      Hi Jessica and thanks so much. And thanks for supporting me on the rug choice. You help to to stop doubting. XOXO

  • Reply Nancy October 9, 2017 at 10:14 pm

    It looks great Susie. I know you have worked wonders with this room.

    • Reply theChelseaProject October 10, 2017 at 11:19 am

      Hi Nancy and thanks! Well, I hope so. But in truth, the only way it could go was up. LOL..

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