Friday, December 2, 2011

Dining Room Redo

Before I start putting up the holiday decorations I want to finally show you my dining room make-over.  It may have taken me since last spring, but at least I got it done in time for Thanksgiving!

Here's how it looked before.

I liked the color on the walls, but with the darker furniture and the fact that we don't get a lot of light, the room just always seemed dark to me. I wanted to lighten and brighten it up. 

So I hit Craigslist and painted my little heart out.  You've seen most of the pieces as I've done them, but here they are all together.

I've whined posted about all the issues with the table a couple of times.  I ended up painting the top, and I'm still not sure I'm done with it.  I may change the color a bit. But it's staying like this at least through the end of the year.

I got the table (with four leaves!) and four chairs for $40. The chairs were painted in ASCP in old white, and I recovered the seats with drop cloths.  The head chairs I bought on Craigslist for $15 a piece!

The china cabinet is the same one I had, I just painted it.

I moved this table from the foyer into the dining room.

The console and mirror were CL finds.  The mirror was gold, and I painted it white. You can see the console before here.

I didn't paint everything ...  I didn't want everything "matchy-matchy." I kept the wood frame on the large mirror, and the little shelves where I display some bud vases and bottles. 

So that's it!  It's a big change, and I'm pretty happy with it. But you know what the best thing about it is?  I actually made money on this makeover!!  I sold our old dining room table and chairs (on Craigslist), for more than I paid for all the furniture and supplies I bought for the redo.

Sharing at:

Miss Mustard Seed: Furniture Feature Friday
French Country Cottage: Feathered Nest Friday
Coastal Charm: Nifty Thrifty Tuesday
My Repurposed Life: Catch as Catch Can
Between Naps on the Porch: Metamorphis Monday
Primitive & Proper: Piece of Work Wednesday


  1. That is a great redo!!!! I've been shopping for new chairs for my kitchen that I'm currently redoing. The pedestal table belonged to my great aunt so I really don't want to get rid of it. Having trouble finding chairs I like.... Maybe Craigslist is the answer, huh???

  2. Your dinning room came out beautiful. Love your new chairs!

  3. Wow, Deborah!

    This is the best make-over I've seen in a long time! It looks like you brought in a designer and really expensive pieces - amazing this is all CL and done yourself! It's really great! In fact, I keep trying to explain to my Sweetie what we can do ourselves, now I have something to show him!

    Thanks for sharing!

  4. You've made the room so elegant with the painted furniture - and how awesome that you made money doing it!! That's one I'd be using over and over again to justify my thrifting addiction :)

  5. This room looks really very nice! I especially love the round mirror and china cabinet. I recently inherited a similar piece that was originally actually painted white! My mom had it refinished to a beautiful mahagony, but I always loved in in white; wondering if I should take the plunge and paint over it again...? Anyway, good job, especially with the $$ bonus!

  6. looks gorgeous! much brighter & more fun :)

    p.s. this is your niece, kate!

  7. Great job! The table looks better than you think and I love it!

  8. It's beautiful! I really like the blue walls and dark brow trim. Very classy!

  9. I love how you've transformed your dining room! Love the dining table and the table you moved from the foyer! The silver pieces look fab!

  10. it all looks gorgeous! i love that sideboard piece and the horse on top of it is AWESOME!


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