Dining Room Before and Plans

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It’s that time of year again, time for the One Room Challenge. And it seems that no matter how busy and overwhelmed I already feel, I can’t resist the siren song of the One Room Challenge.

It’s stressful and hard, but after 6 weeks, I have a gorgeous, finished room. The One Room Challenge is helping me complete my home, one room at a time.

Last spring, I completed my kitchen, which of course made all the other rooms on that floor look bad. So this fall, I’m redoing my dining room.

My Dining Room (Before)

It’s not a bad space, but it’s time for some changes.

We built the table, but it’s too big for the tiny room. And I just so happened to find my dream table one day while thrifting…

The dining chairs were comfy and I loved the shibori pattern, but I also love change. I’m going for something sleek and modern, but still comfy.

The curtains need to be hemmed like yesterday. And washed. And ironed.

And we have storage issues. This is where all the papers get put and I don’t want to see them anymore. My desk of shame. 

The china cabinet came from our first house. It was one of the first pieces of furniture that I ever painted.

I had always envisioned a built-in cabinet here, but the more that I think about it, I just want a buffet here. Something with plenty of storage. It’s in the process of being painted and will be sold to fund some of the changes. 

In the winter, we spend a lot of time at the table playing board games when we’re snowed in. So we need storage for those games. I would also love a place to put my kitchen linens and special dishes.

My plans

  • New Furniture.
  • Buy rug: still TBD. Probably not pink
  • Paint the lower portion of the wainscot. I did this in my living room and I’m in love.
  • Fun treatment for the ceiling.
  • Storage via IKEA hack
  • Dye curtains to match living room curtains
  • Possible built-ins around French doors to family room

So basically, the chandelier and the wall color are the only things staying the same.

*I should also mention that my family hates my new table and chairs. And they don’t think I will like a round table. If they’re right, then plans will change drastically I guess.

See the finished room here!

Past Challenges

Here’s some other One Room Challenges that I’ve completed:

Spring 2018 Kitchen

Fall 2017 Garage

Spring 2017 Sunroom

Fall 2016 Kid’s Bathroom

Spring 2016 Kid’s Treehouse

About the One Room Challenge

Twice a year, Linda from Calling it Home invites bloggers all over the land to join her in making over rooms in their homes. There are 20 featured designers and typically around 200-300 other bloggers like myself who join the fun. In just 6 weeks, we have a new room that we feel proud of, plus we’ve made so many friends along the way. This year, instagram users are invited to join as well.

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  1. Emy, I’m so glad that you’re participating again! You have such a great space to work with! I hear you about not wanting to see paper on the desk. I can’t wait to see how this space gets transformed after 6 weeks! Good luck!

  2. Love the plan for the dining room refresh, but not gonna lie. Still love that teal/aqua paint on the walls. But thrilled that you will have a new room to enjoy. So excited to follow along. ~~ Susie from The Chelsea Project

    1. My kids aren’t real convinced that the table and chairs are good for hours of Magic the Gathering. 😉 Guess they can play in the basement…

  3. Emy I love your bold use of color and your plan for this space is so fun! Your family will come around! Looking forward to following this transformation!

  4. Emy I think your choices are amazing! I can’t wait to see what you end up deciding for the rug and I’m so glad you are keeping that incredible wall color! So looking forward to following along for this transformation.

  5. love love LOVE those chairs!! So fun. Also, if you figure out how to handle the paper clutter let me know. We are constantly drowning in paper clutter!!

  6. Emy – I just adore your eclectic style – so colorful and vibrant that it just makes me smile! I’ve followed along on your previous ORCs and I cannot wait to see the amazing reveal!

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