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Modern Dining Room Makeover Reveal

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Welcome to my dining room makeover reveal. For this makeover, I really wanted my dining room to have the same vibes as my living room, staircase and kitchen. I think I accomplished that. 

modern dining room makeover reveal

Dining Room: Before

dining room before

Week 1 : Before Pics and the Plans

Week 2: Painting a Small Room

Week 3: Coordinating Rugs in Open Floor Plans

Week 4: MCM Inspired IKEA Besta Hack

Week 5: Didn’t happen. I was too exhausted from setting up my shop.

The Plans

dining room plans

The ceiling stencil didn’t happen.

Dining Room Makeover Reveal

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Despite the bright colors in the mood board, the room is a very relaxing and tranquil feeling. I’m keeping it pretty simple because I desperately need a peaceful environment right now.

dining room view from stairs

I’ve been too busy to actually enjoy it, but it sure does make me happy when I walk through it, even if the rest of the house is trashed.

dining room makeover view of modern table and chairs

The table was a lucky vintage find at a thrift store. It was the kind of find that you swipe up before anyone else sees it. I bought a set of chairs from my friend, Cassie, and then bought another set to match.

The chandelier was found at an antique market in Sicily. I love it so much. The roses are hand-sculpted and have imperfect fingerprints in them.

Table (similar) | Chairs | Rug

dip dyed curtains against teal walls

The curtains were dyed and trimmed out to match my living room curtains. I love the bit of softness they add to the room.

vintage art on teal walls with built in cabinets
built in cabinets

I added cabinets to the room surrounding the French doors. Shelves will be eventually be added so that my dreams of a library can be fulfilled. For now, the cabinets add so much extra storage. 

room planner on aqua background with pink button

I painted the cabinets to blend in with the walls. This helps my small room from feeling smaller. The box on top is my solution to the never-ending paper problem.

wallpaper panel in dining room

I repainted my china cabinet and sold it. It was replaced with an IKEA besta hack. This cabinet holds a ton of board games. In the winter, we hibernate and play games a lot.

The wallpaper panel was my solution to needing a piece of art crazy enough to compliment my cabinet.

I used a hoarded roll of the Opalhouse paper. This was the perfect use for 1 roll of paper. We love looking at the design and seeing weird, unintended designs.

modern tulip table and S chairs

I love how the chairs fit around the table. So far, my card game-playing son has no objections to the table, so I’m happy.

modern dining table and cute black lab

I never thought I would be a rug-in-the-dining-room type of person, but it adds so much warmth to the room. Gracie is also a fan.

cute black lab on rug

Doesn’t everyone’s dog match their rooms?

hydrangeas in pink vase

Marble Lazy Susan (similar)

I’m so happy with my new dining room makeover, even if it isn’t finished 100% to completion.

built in cabinets
vignette on cabinet
dining room makeover





Coral game cabinet (tutorial)

Cabinets (tutorial)

Curtains (tutorial)

Paint Color: SW Cooled Blue

Marble Lazy Susan

Wallpaper – Target

Clock (similar)

Artwork (vintage)

Big thanks to HANDy Paint company for providing me with products to paint with. I have a few weeks off in December and there are a few walls that I’m thinking about painting at that time.

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  1. AMAZING room, Emy! Love the color palette. And that IKEA hack chest will always be one of my favs. You did a great job, my friend. Now time to enjoy! ~~ Susie from The Chelsea Project

  2. Wow Emy, I love it! Those chairs are so sleek and hot :). The black just grounds the space and balances it out. I love the pretty pops of color you added…the artwork, buffet (amazing!), the rug, and the lovely vase. Great job! I know you and family will enjoy it.

  3. Oh Emy, this room has so much character…so fun! I love all the changes you made to this space (although “before” photo was great too). The sideboard looks amazing (great idea with paint) and your doggie looks so relaxed in this newly transformed room. Enjoy! Xoxo, Tee

  4. You have blown me away! I love the way you painted the mirror and the dresser to match. I adore the eclectic mix here! Stunning! You should be so proud!

  5. Looks SOOOO good Emy!! Love love love it! Those chairs, that table – ALL THE THINGS. So well done friend!

  6. I love the modern flare you have captured in your dining room. Plus it really feels like you have created so much more space with the less is more approach on furniture. The room looks larger and flows nicely for your dinner guests. Beautiful job Emy I am always so inspired by your colorful designs.

  7. I love that you have a game cabinet! We have TONS of games too. Also those black chairs look SO good in here! Congrats on surviving this short six weeks!

  8. I can always count on you to use bold color in a beautiful way, Emy. This makeover is wonderful. I love your design choices.

    Also, a fun side note is that I had very similar chairs in my Barbie townhouse when I was a kid. Ha!

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