Well, this is five months late, but I am finally revealing my new dining room! I had finished this room in October, but then never got to post it because of personal reasons (see this post for more).

My goals for this room were pretty straightforward:

  • lighten up the color scheme
  • create visual interest in a rather boring room
  • maintain the same amount of storage
  • create a casual modern feel
  • update the dated furniture

As I mentioned before, there aren’t a lot of elements to work with in my dining room, and on top of that I chose to keep the color scheme neutral. That combination could have easily resulted in a flat looking room. But I was able to counter the simplicity of the room with some patterns and textures that gave depth and life.

I’m pretty happy with how this room turned out considering my limited budget.

So without further ado, let’s see the photos!

Here are the before photos:




And here are the after photos!




Here’s a breakdown of the changes I made…

the walls and ceiling


The walls played a big role in giving this room a new look.

I wanted to lighten up the room, and painting over the dark taupe walls with white paint brightened it up even more than I expected. The plain white walls also helped to balance out the bolder patterns in the room.

In addition, I added trim to the baseboards and created the gray feature wall. You can read all about that here.

The old ceiling in this room was not looking good. It had a few cracks and chips, and I had tried touching up a few spots with paint in the past, but it never matched the original paint color. So the ceiling was just looking cruddy!

I fixed the cracks and chips and gave the whole ceiling a fresh coat of paint.

I also changed the tray ceiling from this:


…to this:


You can see more about that in this post.

the floor


We have the same hardwood floors in this room as the office, and again, while the color and plank size isn’t my favorite it certainly wasn’t in my budget to redo the hardwoods so they stayed as is.

I did add an area rug in order to bring some pattern and texture into the middle of the room. After considering a lot of different rugs, I finally settled on this shag rug. I love the subtle pattern and it’s so comfortable to walk on, yet surprisingly easy to clean.

the furniture


All of the furniture in this room was updated in some way.

I built a brand new table from scratch which I detailed in this post.

I love the linen parsons chairs I added to the room! They bring a fresh neutral look. I purchased them when they were on sale at about 45% off!

I also altered our old sideboard by painting it and adding a new base. You can read about that here. (I have to note that after painting the feature wall and moving the sideboard in front of it, I realized the color of the sideboard was too light and similar to the color of the feature wall. There needed to be more contrast between the two, so I repainted the sideboard a darker shade of gray and it works much better.)

the lighting


We had installed a new pendant light in this room about seven years ago. Even though it wasn’t the perfect light fixture, it’s style meshed well enough with my new room design that I chose to keep it in order to save some money. Then my son accidentally broke it and there was no way to fix it. So I had no choice at that point but to purchase a new one. In the end, it was all for the best because I LOVE the casual industrial look of this new five light pendant from CB2.

the accessories


I love the contrast of the modern white vases against the gray wall and sideboard. I found the wooden bowl for $1.99 at a local thrift store looking like this:


I loved the simple shape and wood grain, but I hated the color. All I had to do was sand it and stain it using leftover stain from my sideboard makeover and it’s good as new. Oh, and I discovered real quick that this bowl is likely made of hickory. It smells like smoked barbecue!


I wanted to keep the decor on the table minimal in order to not distract from the beauty of the wood. I like the shape and texture of this long silver boat tray.

the wall art


The plain white wall on this side of the room needed a piece of art to fill the empty space and help balance out the feature wall.


With the above piece of artwork as my inspiration, I made my own version using a black art marker and some cream colored art paper. I like that each line is random and different. All of the other patterns in the room are very precise and regimented so I wanted a more free-flowing pattern for this piece of art. I love how the variation of the waves create movement in the piece.

I used a metal frame I already had and painted it with flat black spray paint. All together, this piece of art cost me about $15.

the source list

WALL COLOR  |  Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace
FEATURE WALL COLOR  |  Benjamin Moore Harbor Gray
CHAIRS  |  Home Decorators Collection
DECOR ON TABLE AND SIDEBOARD  |  Awesome Abode, At Home, Overstock

SHARING AT: Thrifty Decor Chick’s Before & After

15 thoughts on “MY NEW DINING ROOM REVEAL!

  1. Avatar Vanessa

    I’m so jealous of your talent with wood. I have many ideas but can only wish I could learn how to handle those tools and build sooo many beautiful things! Congratulations!

    • Avatar Stephanie @ Studio 36 Interiors

      You are too kind! I honestly didn’t know anything about working with power tools either back when I started. But I learned… so if I can do it, anyone could! My suggestion is to start small and work your way up. Start with one power tool and use it to build something small. Once you’re comfortable using that tool, then start using another one. The more you do it, the more comfortable you get with it. There are lots of video guides on Youtube to help you learn how to use them. And always follow the safety guidelines. You can do it!

  2. Avatar KC

    Can I ask the width of each rectangle? I’m trying to achieve a similar look but I’m between two different sizes. Trying to get an idea.

    • Avatar Stephanie @ Studio 36 Interiors

      Each rectangle is 16″ wide. Hope that helps!

  3. Avatar Kimberly

    This is so stunning. I’m going to attempt building this table frame for a penny tabletop project I’m working on.

  4. Avatar Liz

    Fantastic re-do! Love the wall treatment with the squares… lovely and timeless. Well done. 🙂

    • Avatar Stephanie @ Studio 36 Interiors

      Thanks for stopping by!

  5. Avatar Tammara

    Fantastic! Love the feel of the room.

  6. Gorgeous space! Beautifully done 🙂

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