Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Dining Room Makeover

How do you update a dining room without taking out a second mortgage in order to do major renovation?
You re-vamp what you already have until it is absolutely fabulous.
My sister, Lisa, had this very country Pottery Barn dining room set for years (see pictures below). She was more than ready for a new look.  The table is solid pine and was expensive so she decided to work with it.

Although I live in Connecticut and she lives in the Missouri, I was able to help her update the room through the magic of the Internet and online shopping. The first thing I found were these awesome upholstered chairs from  They dramatically changed the look of the room and were only $300 for two!  (It looks like these chairs are no longer available but here are others for a similar price and look). The old wood chairs were sold on Craig's List.
I love the contrast between the rustic table and the sleek chairs. She said they are super comfortable, too.

The buffet had a bad faux finish so I had her paint it green, since the rest of her house is a mix of greens, browns, and khaki.
She went with Benjamin Moore's Salisbury Green paint and added new ring pulls from here to replace the old knobs. A piece of glass cut to fit the surface protects the paint job and makes it just a touch more formal.
We don't have a "before" shot of the dining room chandelier--it has a beautiful shape and it used to have flame shaped light bulbs with small chandelier shades. To modernize the fixture, I suggested replacing them with round clear bulbs.  The metallic gold painted ceiling adds a lot of shimmer and drama to the dining room and accentuates the crown molding.
Oversize moss balls from Crate and Barrel make a nice earthy centerpiece.

I haven't seen the room "in person" yet but it looks great in the photos!
Linked to: The Shabby Nest
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