Home Tour: Dining Room

Thanks for waiting patiently in the front room for me.  Did you look around while I was gone?  I hope you didn’t open the piano bench… there are things in there I didn’t want you to see!  Let’s take 6 steps forward into the dining room.

I have mixed feelings about the dining room.  It was the first room in the house to get a complete head to toe makeover.  I feel like I was so excited to do a project in my own house that I jumped in before thinking about the bigger picture (The rest of the house).  When I finished the dining room, I was pleased as punch.  But now, as the rest of the house evolves, it sticks out like 9th grade me at the Evanescence concert.  (True story.  I work a pink shirt.)

I don’t really love it.  I can tolerate it, but I’m kind of sick of it.  The room looks too teenager-y.  I’m looking forward to a fresh & clean change.  I will still walk you through the projects we’ve done, but keep in mind that significant changes will be taking place after Christmas.

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Let’s go back to the before.  Everything was monotone.  The baseboards were rank.  There was a 20 yr old ceiling fan as gross as boogers stuck under a desk.  The Salvation Army left us with this fine dining set.

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The first thing I did was paint.  I convinced myself a stencil was necessary.  It took forever.  I do not want to re-live that personal hell, so if you’d like to, read the full tutorial.

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When the stencil was finished, I replaced the baseboards.  ALL.BY.MY.SELF!  It was one of those defining moments of my life.  I blame the PCOS on a release of testosterone, but I most definitely had a bonding moment with my miter saw.

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It was time for board & batten.  Something I’d always dreamed of having in a house.  Some people use MDF boards, but we used real wood.  It wasn’t expensive.  We did the whole thing for $60.  If you’re interested in the deets:  full tutorial.

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After the board & batten was painted, it was party time.

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See what I mean by the room sticking out?

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I look forward to re-finishing the table & re-upholstering the chairs in the future.  I am excited to have a more “industrial-country” light fixture hanging about the table.  I will jump a mile high when the half-wall doesn’t suck at life.  And by that, I mean exist.

Done:
-Paint
-Molding
-Board & Batten
-Chandelier

To do:
-Repaint
-Table & Chairs
-New light fixture
-Remove half-wall

Life and learn, right?  I suppose that it part of “unsuccessful” DIY.

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Did you ever spend a ton of time on a room make-over and end up sick of it after a month?

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  • Emma (Broke Ass Home)

    I think it is sassy, but I totally understand where you’re coming from. I actually had a comforter with that pattern with I was 18. Fun fact: We apparently have the same dining table.

  • I love your stencil job. Maybe if you sprayed the light fixture a more gluey-green color, until you get the one you really like? I think once you do something with the furniture it will help make the DR look different, but related.

  • I felt that way about my whole downstairs– when we moved I was so excited to paint every single room a different color. And it looked like a clown house because rooms that are completely open to one another should probably match. I’ve repainted the accent wall in my living room & next up is repainting my sunroom so everything on the first floor is grey/white/yellow instead of grey/white/yellow/green/brown/black.

    but man I love that stencil.

    • I’m so glad to hear I’m not the only one who suffers from design-excitement! It’s part of the fun adventure though, right? I’ll be honest, even though I am ready for another change, that stencil does have a special place in my heart.

  • Krista

    Oh, I love your stencil wall!! It makes me happy when I drive by and see it through your window!!! But everything you do is absolutely amazing so if you decide to change it, I know it will still look awesome!!!

    • Thanks Krista! I’m glad you don’t think I’m just some crazy neighbor-lady with a paint brush.

  • Lucy

    You could paint the light the same color as the wall in the other rooms then everything would merge a little more.

    The stenciling (sp?) is beautiful. It looks like you did a stupendous job.

    • You are definitely right. I need to change the color of the chandelier. Thank you for stopping by!

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  • the cape on the corner

    what a fun room, tho i can see what you’re saying about sticking out. i think it’s just a simple coat of paint that would fix it all.

    • I agree. Painting is definitely in the plans. I just don’t want to spend money on 2 gallons of paint until we are ready to dive into the kitchen/dining room reno. As always, thanks for stopping by Mrs Cape 🙂

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  • roeshel

    LOL! You crack me up. Love the stencil (it is a pain but so worth it) and great job on the board and batten! The chandelier is gorgeous too! Looking good!!!!

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