Dining Room Reveal

This dining room has changed a lot since I first posted this years ago, but it is fun to look back and see how far this space has come!  Decorating is definitely a journey.

Are you ready for it?  My dining room reveal! Here is the before…


And the after…


Since we eat most of our meals as a family in our kitchen, the dining room is reserved for our guests.  I wanted it to be special, elegant, and pretty – especially since it is one of the first rooms you see when you walk into our home.  It is pretty frilly (and maybe I’ve been watching a little too much Downton Abbey), but I did throw in some straight lines (the clock and the hutch) as well as more modern prints (window treatments and rug) to offset the ornate antique dining table set.


I will break down all the individual projects in future posts – my dining room table, (painted) chairs and buffet, wall art as well as post a tutorial for the wall treatment. Speaking of the wall, it is my “faux wallpaper” treatment (I used vinyl decals as stencils for the flowers).  I LOVE wallpaper, but I can’t commit.  Wallpaper is expensive, and I am afraid I will grow tired in a few years.  Paint is much easier to change and less expensive.

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{The paint color for this room is Valspar’s Woodlawn Colonial Gray} *I ended up toning down the wall a few months later (because I can’t ever stop according to my husband).  Although it was fun, I grew tired of the boldness of the wall. And if you follow my blog, you’ll see that it continue to change!


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14 thoughts on “Dining Room Reveal

  1. Ok– I’ll admit, I’m not a huge fan of the trendy gray color… usually. But the way you’ve done it, I just absolutely love! It’s soft and has floral touches… I love the frills! You’re a girl-mommy, now, after all! Go for it! It’s gorgeous. Can’t wait to see more! I need your advice on transforming our bedroom decor. I’ll be in touch :>)

    1. I know Nancy, I was afraid of doing the “trendy” thing, but I went through TONS of paint samples and always came back to this gray and loved how it looked with my dark furniture and light trim. I always love to hear from you and would love to talk bedrooms!

  2. This is beautiful. My dining room is laid out the same way. And, I have thought so often of painting my dining room chairs black and now, after seeing yours, I’m totally doing it. Thanks so much for the inspiration.