dining room is done

Yay! Finally got the dining room makeover project finished! Wanna take a look? First, let’s do a little recap of my original ideas.  I wanted a more modern vintage look for this room.  I also wanted to spend as little as possible because 1) I’m cheap and 2)it just makes it more fun this way and 3)you have to be a little more creative and open-minded.  So, here’s the before:

I had already moved the bench at this point to start painting. The walls were a cream color.  The table was a little rickety and always had to have a tablecloth on it-not good if you have a 14 month old ! There was also just too much dark wood in the room.

Here’s the after:

First, the walls got a fresh coat of white paint(leftover from other rooms). Here’s the breakdown for the rest of the room: The table was $24 at Goodwill.  The chairs were free from my friend, Sara.  I did buy white spray paint for them though-that was $20.  The fabric on the chairs was a clearance tablecloth from Target for $6.  The chandelier got a fresh coat of yellow paint for the price of 97 cents. The turquoise banding fabric on the curtains was 49 cents at Goodwill.  It just happened to be the perfect match for the chair fabric!  The black and white fabric was already in my fabric stash-yay, for hoarding!  We already had all the art,  it was just in other areas of the house.  I decided to do an art wall above the bench.  It really changed the feel of the room! The large blue pillow on the bench was $7 from Goodwill and it has a down insert!! So, total for makeover: $58.46!!  Not bad! And, if you’re wondering what Ollie does while I’m recovering chair seats, maybe this will answer your question.

Doesn’t he look happy that he figured out how to get in there? Getting out wasn’t as easy!! Would you like help with any of your problem rooms?  Send me an e-mail, I’ll try and help! -amy

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22 Responses to “dining room is done”


  1. 1 Olga June 13, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    Great before and after! Love the new look and digging the yellow chandelier 🙂

  2. 2 Sara Vick June 13, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    That is awesome! You did such a great job! And the chairs look 100% better!

  3. 4 jimdavenport June 13, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    You need a show on HGTV! Great job!

  4. 6 Nicky June 13, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    wow… that is sooo awesome! very inspirational…;-)

  5. 8 kris June 13, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    GOREGOUS. it’s like you are an interior designer or something. 😉

  6. 10 Charlotte June 13, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    Amy–you did a great job——love all the light, bright colors !!!!

  7. 11 Barb June 13, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    The transformation is wonderful! your kitchen is a lot more cheery!

  8. 12 kim@too much time June 13, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    OH! It is so sweet, and bright, and fun! I LOVE it all. The artowrk is fab and that bench is amazing. Cutie little one seems very proud! Ha HA

  9. 13 katie June 13, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    Love the yellow chandelier and the fabric on the chairs. I can’t believe how you did it all on such a great budget!

  10. 14 Lora June 13, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    it’s beautiful!!

  11. 15 Laurie June 13, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    Love it! And love that little man under the table!

  12. 16 jennibell June 18, 2011 at 5:50 am

    This dining room is simply amazing. What an eye you have!!! Wish I could put things together like that 🙂

  13. 17 heather June 19, 2011 at 9:13 pm

    it turned out so amazing! i just love your gallery wall. it’s perfection.

  14. 18 radhika June 21, 2011 at 10:26 am

    What a beautiful and colorful room! Great taste is all it requires to have a beautiful house and you proove it! I am now a happy follower!

  15. 19 radhika June 21, 2011 at 10:27 am

    I coud not find the follow button I am sharing it on my facebook page.

    • 20 amyboliba June 21, 2011 at 11:54 am

      Thanks for sharing on your facebook page! That’s so nice! I do have an email subscription button and you can follow that way if you’d like.

  16. 21 MrsLimestone July 22, 2011 at 9:10 am

    Great room. Love that yellow chandelier.


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