My New Dining Room!

I’m so excited to share with you my new dining room! It’s not completely finished. I still have a few things to do, but it’s so close, I couldn’t wait.
Are you ready for a sneak peak? Ok, just a peak. . .

Do you love it as much as I do? I guess I didn’t give you much to look at, huh? 
Before I show you more, let me remind you what it used to look like.

Not sayin’ that I didn’t like the red, because I did. But I was ready for something different and now that I’ve replaced the red with Seaside Villa {Valspar Seaside Retreat Series} I am in LOVE!
Are you ready to see more?  Here are some before and afters.

{chest: granny’s old dresser that I refinished, cherry blossom painting and peony arrangement: Kirklands, lamp and shade: had in another room, mercury glass candle sticks: pulled out from the Christmas decor, silver bowl: thrift store}

{Chandelier: on clearance with an extra 10% off (because I asked) at Lowe’s. FIY, you can bargain with them. }



{Curtain rods: extended and painted existing rods, rings: Wal-Mart, drapes: made by me using fabric from Hobby Lobby}

{Mirror: Kirklands, centerpiece: Kirklands}
I haven’t found the right rug yet. It’s looking a little bare under there, isn’t it? On the sides of the china cabinet I currently have an oval mirror and two framed prints. Eventually I plan to have large framed paintings of the boys copied from their 2-year photos. Until then, I’m thinking about adding more mirrors surrounding the oval one in different sizes and shapes. I am also planning on re-finishing and recovering the chair sitting under the mirror. It will be covered in the same fabric as the drapes and painted the same color as the table legs. Oh yeah,  did you notice I painted and distressed the table legs to match granny’s dresser {see below}. My sister-in-law bought me a wooden highchair from a garage sale that I’m planning on finishing in the same paint and putting to the right of the cabinet.

I packed up my red, ivory and gold china that we received as wedding gifts and unpacked my grandma’s white and platinum china. I know the silver needs to be polished, I told you I wasn’t quite finished. All the silver in the photos are from the thrift store or antique store.
Well, there you have it! My new {and definitely improved} dining room. I’ll keep you posted on the rug and furniture updates. Until then. . .

73 thoughts on “My New Dining Room!”

  1. Oh, my gosh!!! Soooo beautiful! I can't believe it's the same room! You did an amazing job!!!!

  2. Wow! It looks awesome. I was really loving the red, but have to say I think I love this new look even better. Great job!

  3. Your dining room looks fabulous! Love the chandelier and the new finish on the furniture! Stopping over from Somewhat Simple.

  4. I love it!! I am getting ready to paint my kitchen cabinets. Your kitchen inspired me to do mine. The walls are painted, new dishes bought (old ones sold at a rummage) now it is time for the cabinets…wish me luck ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Jen, it looks really good! I was just thinking yesterday how I wanted to see the big reveal….so glad you decided to put this together! Love the blue! Great job again! Did your husband help you? or was this a project on your own?

  6. It looks so much fresher and lighter now. I love the new colors and drapes but my favorite of all is the dresser!

  7. SOOOOOO great! I am dying to paint my dining room…you are so brave! Was it totally scary painting over the red? (That's what mine is, too…must have been a trend!)

  8. Wow! What an awesome transformation! It looks so awesome! I love the table, the curtains and that dresser is drool-worthy! Love it all!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  9. WOW what a fabulous transformation!! Love how much lighter and brighter it is. The painted furniture looks beautiful! Martina

  10. Love the fabric for the drapes, love the wall color, LOVE granny's dresser. You did an amazing job!


  11. Jen
    It is just beautiful!! Loving the new color scheme!! REALLY loving that distressed little dresser & the whole vignette above it! What a pretty little corner!! You did a fabulous job!

  12. I'm your newest follower!! your dinning room is beautiful! the red was really pretty but the blue is gorgeous! It really brightens up the room! Great job! thanks for sharing!

  13. Gorgeous!! I'm your newest follower. Love for you to come visit Two Sides of the Rainbow!

  14. I love this dining room so much that I featured you today! Check it out and grab a featured button if you like!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  15. absolutely beautiful. loved it completely. check out for a rug. they have some stunning ones.

  16. I think the before and after pictures are both very pretty, but totally different looks. Great update.


  17. Your dining room is amazing! Oh how I can't wait to own a home. I'll remember this when I design our kitchen:)

  18. I have to admit, I like it both ways! I've got my current dining room red, and I love how it looks. The blue is very calm and serene though. . and I love the pattern of your drapes.

  19. I may steal your wall color. We are painting our house in soothing colors and that is definitely soothing. Never was much of a blue fan, but these beautiful gray/blues have changed all of that. The room is gorgeous!

  20. Your before is exactly like mine is now and we are just starting to update it. New light fixture to start and now I am deciding on paint. I LOVE the color you went with. Thanks for all the detailed information! It's beautiful and I am inspired!

  21. I LOVE it! Great makeover… love the wall color and all the cream'ified and walnut furniture.

  22. Oh, such a beautiful, light, bright space! Love the new chandelier, and the branches of flowers you have displayed.

  23. I love the blue wall color. I use to have a red dining room as well. The blue is so much more calming. Great job. I also love granny's dresser.

  24. Jen, your dining room looks amazing! Love the soft blue color and the accents are perfect! Awesome job!

  25. I like red too, but after seeing the new color I am so glad you changed it up. I love your new dining room. Enjoy it. It was definitely worth all of the hardwork.

  26. Love it, especially love the drapes. A great eye you have for color. I love all it, its darling!

  27. Red brings energy, appetite. Blue brings calm and tranquility. This you have with your new space. It's so fulfilling and enjoyable to get excited about a new change, especially when it looks like this. Great job.

  28. Your dining room looks stunning! I love the color change and those draperies! Love 'em. You did a great job!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ๐Ÿ˜‰

  29. Just beautiful! We did our family room in blue and brown and itโ€™s one of my favorite rooms in the house!

  30. I found you over at A to Z and wanted to tell you that I LOVE the way your dining room turned out! I have a red dining room – actually it looks very similar to your before pictures, and I have been getting tired of the red but haven't made the change yet. I love what you did with yours and I love the white side chest. So pretty!

  31. gorgeous, linked over from AtoZ – LOVE the new curtains, they are GORGEOUS! The whole room is very pretty, but the panels are what caught my eye!

  32. That drapery fabric is the exact fabric I am using as a border on my breakfast room drapes. I was thinking of using it for the family room, too. So glad to see it–now I know it'll look great!

  33. Hi Jen Ilove the new look that you have created here in your dining room, its very fresh looking. Thanks for visiting my blog and for your nice comment about my studio. Love your blog …Im a follower now:)

  34. Absolutely gorgeous!!! I think painting the "light oak" portion of the staircase a darker wood to match the hardwood floor color would solidify the whole room.

  35. Hello! Love the redo! It looks fabulous. What really caught my eye was the curtains! You mentioned you got the fabric at Hobby Lobby, do you know what the name of the fabric is? I am trying to find some to go in my bedroom!!

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