Monday, April 7, 2008

My Dining Room Makeover - Part 3

Ta-da! I painted for twelve hours on Saturday, my mom helped me for five, and my husband for a couple of hours too. And here's the result:

Just to remind you what the "before" looked like:

Since that photo was taken, I've reupholstered my chairs and painted them silver:

Had a little retail therapy at Crate & Barrel to pick up these beauties:

And picked up this fabulous handcut linoleom print from Etsy artist Rainy Prints:

And these fab red candlesticks from TJ Maxx ($5 each):

I still have to paint the insides of the built-ins (they're still dark green - I'll paint them white or light blue) and have to paint the hope chest white. I also need to purchase my chandelier, and may even paint the china hutch white at some point too (but not any time soon). For now I'm really happy with how it turned out. The secret to finding the right color...we had to go to the "white" paint chips, not the "blue" ones. All the blues were too saturated and only on the white ones could we find a color light enough.

for my other dining room posts, read here:


  1. Courtney, it is looking fabulous! How much fun to get to re-do a room for yourself! I scarcely even have time to look at my own house these days, but you are inspiring me!

    Beautiful! Enjoy it!

    Happy day,

  2. Courtney, this is GORGEOUS. I love it. It should be in a magazine. I'm totally jealous and wishing it was mine. Can't wait to see it with the chandelier, too! -Julia :-)

  3. wow, that looks amazing! What a great transformation! I am slonst wondering if a red or really deep orange chandelier wouldn't be great and a nice pop of color! Other wise now that I see it, the grey chandy might be best out of the 3. Love it! Great job!
    Jen r

  4. thanks you guys! i know, what I would really love is a red coral chandelier...but I haven't exactly found one for $50 or less. Let me know if you see a cheap version!

  5. Love it - looks so much fresher... I don't know where to find a red coral chandelier, but I love this one - it's flat-packed and is $75AUS (so less for you - not quite $US50 though...)

  6. Thanks for the link, Belinda. You're right...that chandelier is fabulous! A totally different option. It would look great in my space. The only problem is I don't think I could actually put candles on it. But for looks alone I think it would be stunning.

  7. Very niiiice! Is this what used to be your living room? I remember the built ins on the left as you walk in your house, but I thought the dining area was on the right. Just curious.... Anyway, everything is so crisp. I really like it. I'm loving the idea of a red corral chandelier.

  8. yep, you're right Char! I recently switched the sides the living/dining areas were on because there was more room for the living rm furniture on the other side of the room. We never use the fireplace anymore now that we have little ones, so why not switch?

  9. I'm so in love with your dining room chairs. Do they have a brother?

  10. Absolutely fabulous ... love the wonderful silver and blue with that pop of red.

  11. Courtney, it looks fab!! I saw this on design sponge, it is the EXACT color palette I am envisioning for my bedroom.. can you possibly tell me what color/#/brand the paint on the wall is? Its the perfect shade! And hey did you paint the hope chest yet? I have a boring brown wood hope chest... I'd love to spice it up.. let us know how it turns out!

  12. Wow, Courtney! I really love this redesign. The silver chairs are scrumptious!


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