Thursday, February 10, 2011

The Formal Dining Room Makeover

I have neglected my blog recently and I apologize.  We have had a few snow days which means those days have been spent with the kiddos, we LOVE being snowed in!!!  However, I have something exciting to share with you, our new formal dining room.  Here is a before picture.
I started by stripping the wallpaper with the steamer I purchased this past summer.  There are several rooms in our home that are papered and it was a great investment.  Using a steamer is the fastest, easiest way I have found to strip wallpaper.  Trust me, I have taken off a lot of wallpaper in the past!

A deep burgundy was painted below the chair rail.  I started with 2 coats of primer, then finished with 2 coats of paint.  Little by little, I have been refinishing the woodwork throughout the home.  For the woodwork, I used 2 coats of primer and paint as well.

Are you ready to see the finished project???  Drum roll, please...

I painted the tray ceiling the same color as the walls, I loved how it turned out, it gave a lot of (much needed) dimension to the small room.
While I was in the middle of this project, my little one and I took a "field trip" to my new favorite place, Goodwill.  I try to repurpose as much as possible and well, I just love the hunt and finding treasures.  Look at what I found.

I found the pair for $4.99.  I fell in love with them right away, look at the clean lines.  Beautiful!!!

I also found a vase at Goodwill for $.99 and a candlestick holder for the same price at the Dollar General.  And with some Gorilla Glue this is what I came up with, a hurricane lamp for $2.00!

Now the wow factor, this makeover was done for around $50.00!  I already had the primer and creamy white paint for the woodwork and bottom half of the room.  I always use the same paint and primer for my woodwork in the home, it allows the rooms to flow together and is easier on the pocket book!  With taking care of your paint brushes, drop clothes, and other miscellaneous painting tools, you never have to endure those costs again.  I have had the same paint brush since 2008, and it has been used for a chocolate brown room, a steel blue room, bright purple and lime green room, and not to forget about the stark red and yellow Mickey Mouse room.  Reuse what you have and repurpose those treasures you find.

Now, your turn, take the next step to a stunning makeover in your own home!

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  1. Stacie, this looks great! I love the contrast in the colors.

  2. I love it!! Would love it even more if I could see it in person...

  3. Thank you Kristin!

    Jaeka, I can't bring the dining room to you...

  4. Lovely!
    ... Great transformation.
    Visiting from Feathered Nest Friday :)

    Greetings from Australia♥

    1. Thank you! Thanks for stopping by!!!

  5. I love seeing the before and after photos! I love the grey/blue background for the wall!

    1. Thank you Susan! This was a fun room to do!

  6. Oh my goodness what a transformation! It looks really beautiful.

  7. What a beautiful room. Love how everything came together. Great design. Thanks for sharing.