Welcome to the final week of the One Room Challenge! Yes! It is Week 7 and we are at the finish line! After what seems like a DIY eternity, the dining room is finally done and reveal time is here!
I do hope you enjoy the before and after photos. The change in the room is nothing short of amazing.
Are you ready? 🙂
Dining Room Makeover Reveal
If home decor is your target DIY, then my dining room is what you would call a “target rich” environment. LOL. I’m serious. This room was a top-to-bottom, head-to-toe list of DIYs. And I am proud to say that I did everything myself. That’s right! Other than some help hanging the new chandelier and a few wall accessories, I worked totally and completely alone. All of the construction, painting (ceiling, walls, furniture), upholstery, and sewing. It was me. All me.
And I gotta tell ya! ….It. Was. Great!
Absolutely the most fun ever.
Dining Room Reveal View #1
(from the Kitchen)
If you’ve been following over the six weeks of posts, you may remember this BEFORE view from the entrance that comes from the kitchen.
To get this ugly-duckling transformation going all swan-like, over 300 linear feet of picture frame moulding needed to make an appearance. I did a post on how to design the moulding (link is at the bottom of this post) and will follow with my easy installation tips as I do the living room. The living room is on schedule for January.
Then the walls were painted a rich, creamy white and the ceiling a fresh, airy blue. From here, about a dozen sewing, upholstering, and furniture refinishing DIYs took center stage.
All of the DIYs are linked at the end of this post except for the slipcovered bench, the seat covers, and the drapery panels. These will be added as soon as I can get the posts written.
The photo below is my son’s favorite photo of the room. He calls it “The Gates of Heaven.” I must tell you that it’s really hard to capture the true beauty of the sun coming through the windows at full strength, but the boy is right. Compared to the before photo, it really does look like heaven.
When the sun isn’t shining quite so brightly, the view allows for more appreciation of the architectural details and colors. Of course, the photo below is my favorite photo because I treasure every single little detail that I so lovingly handmade.
Dining Room Reveal #2 Looking Towards the Kitchen
(from the Foyer)
Behind the wall attached to the staircase is the kitchen. Because of this, we really wanted to add a table of some sort to use as a serving surface for this area.
But finding a table that is the right height, depth, and length has turned into a marathon. And after looking for several weeks, I just had to give up shopping (temporarily) and default to Plan B. This meant refinishing a traditional console table that I already owned to use in the interim.
The table is a little bit short for the space, especially with the oil painting hanging on center, but the length and depth work. So I will use it until the perfect table crosses my path.
To make the table mesh better with the oil painting frame, the console was refinished in a bronze and silver metallic paint (link at the bottom of this post). Then the frame around the oil painting, which had been previously refinished with a light chalky-type paint, was glazed with a gold creme.
Dining Room Reveal #3 Looking Left
(from the Foyer)
If you come through the front door and look left, the dining room is in full view. Because of this, I wanted the hutch to become the all-important statement piece for the dining room and foyer.
But, at first, I had no idea how to make this happen.
So I completed everything else in the room and tackled the hutch last.
The way I figured it, this could help me better determine if I really liked the way my wild vision was coming together.
And truthfully, I felt like I really needed to know where the plan was going because ~~~well ~~~it’s not at all what you might expect.
To get the ball rolling, I started with the usual accessories.
A little gold gild here …….
……and vintage glam there.
And then these items were set against a color pop that is so strong, you’ll either love it or hate it.
But either way, it’ll draw strong emotion and likely be one of the most memorable pieces you will see in this challenge.
And so, I went for it. Hot pink ~~~ the hottest pink I could find ~~~ on the back of the hutch and four different upholstery fabrics on the chairs. By traditional standards, it’s a total mindboggle. AmIrite? But who says super hot pink, Kate Spade fabric, and buffalo check can’t roll in the same circle?
And just like that, the dining room came together.
A traditional room in an array of neutrals with a gigantic pop of color!
I’m also still shopping for the perfect accessories to go on the walls to the left and right of the hutch. And I’m wondering, what would you use in these spaces?
If you have an idea, please consider leaving a comment. I’d truly love to hear your impressions and thoughts.
And if you’d like to refer back to this post for all of the DIYs wrapped into one, please…
And as always, many thanks to our wonderful hosts.
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THE DINING ROOM MAKEOVER
The Dining Room Makeover Plan – Week 1
How to Design Picture Frame Moulding – Week 2
Paint Dining Room Furniture – Week 4
How to Paint Super Slick Surfaces – Week 6
Dining Room Reveal – Week 7 – (YOU ARE HERE)
Outdated Bench Refresh – How to Paint the Fabric and Frame
Stationary Bar Cart Refresh – Using a Combo of Paint and Wax
Traditional Meets Trendy – Mahogany Console Table Makeover in Metallic Paint
Easily Add Gold Touches to Furniture and Accessories with Liquid Leaf
Spring 2017 ORC – Great Room Refresh
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