Dining Room Transformation

Our new (to us) house has brought a long a lot of fun projects!  We had a month between closing on the house and moving in so we tackled painting all four bedrooms, closets and hallway upstairs.  We were motivated to get all this done since we had also ripped out all the carpets and making a mess wasn’t an issue! 🙂  I’m still working on painting all the closet doors from upstairs but since it’s chilly in the garage this time of year painting doors has taken a back seat to some warmer indoor projects.

Going for an easy win…I decided to give the dining room a transformation this winter.

Dining Room Transformation: Dining room color before and after

As you can see our house has a lot of wood trim, which we like, but it does make things look really dark!  So I decided to paint the wainscoting in white first and then see how that looked against the window trim.  First, I sanded it and then painted three coats of primer (2 coats of Sherwin-Williams Multi Purpose Latex Primer and 1 coat Glidden Gripper Primer)  I love Sherwin-Williams paint but the primer just didn’t seem to be cutting it so the guy at Home Depot talked me into the Glidden.  I personally think three coats of primer will cover anything so I can’t tell if it really made a difference or not.  Anywho…after priming I did two coats of Sherwin-Williams Pro Classic and that was it for the wainscoting!

Dining Room Transformation: wainscoting before and after

Next was picking the wall color!  We knew we wanted to lighten the room up in general and get away from the yellow tones.  Our house has a lot of yellow toned walls which makes the wood seem more ‘woody’.  We picked up a few sample cards from Sherwin-Williams and we decided to go with Colonial Revival Gray in their Emerald paint since we didn’t think that locked us into a real blue or green color scheme.  For those that haven’t tried Sherwin-Williams paint…it’s like butter!  We tried other top rated brands when painting our whole upstairs and nothing compares.  It’s a little more expensive but I have never not had a coupon for at least 30% off and the people at the store are the most helpful and friendly people you can work with!

Dining Room Transformation: paint color choices

I am learning to be patient but I did have my moment of panic.  I did the edging in the Colonial Revival Gray and it was looking too blue and kind of dark so I tried our master bedroom color and another bedroom color and called my sister to get her opinion.  We agreed to stick with it and maybe after all the yellow was covered it would look better.  Of course it did!

Dining Room Transformation: do we stick with this color

Two coats later and we are good to go!  Last step was to change out the electrical outlets and switches to white and install our new lighting fixture, which I got from Wayfair.  We are going for an oil rubbed bronze fixture look throughout the house and this one looks great without being too trendy and gives off great light.  Certainly beats the church brass look with burnt out light bulbs our other one had.  Our last step will be to change out the flooring (rugs in dining rooms is so weird to me) and eventually update the window treatments.  Currently, we are planning a whole reconfiguration of the downstairs living area and the flooring and window treatments will probably be addressed then.

Dining Room Transformation: finished dining room

Last thing to do is get something on the walls.  This is where I have the hardest time committing.  Right now I’m leaning towards making something like these mirrors from the girls at Shanty 2 Chic.  What do you think?

 

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