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And if you like outdated rooms that are practically gutted and totally refreshed using fabric, paint, and a boatload of elbow grease, you’ve also come to the right place.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.
Here’s what the room looked like the day the painters left.
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.
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Now fast forward to Fall and the BEFORE photo of my outdated dining room.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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Step 3 – Use a combination of linen fabrics for:
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.
Step 4 – Add overhead lighting with bling. LOL…..What can I say? Right now, I’m loving me some bling.
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.
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.
But first, many thanks to our wonderful hosts.
Linda from the blog, Calling It Home and House Beautiful magazine.
We appreciate you all so much!
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MORE POSTS FOR THE DINING ROOM MAKEOVER
You are Here – Week 1
How to Paint Dining Room Furniture – Week 4
Dining Room Reveal – Week 7
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