$100 Botanical & Audubon Inspired Dining Room Makeover

I know, I know…I’m crazy town for doing two makeovers at once, but what is a new year for? Challenge accepted! In addition to working on my chinoiserie office, I’m also taking on the $100 Room Makeover Challenge hosted by Lemons, Lavender & Laundry.

I participated in this challenge last year when we were still in our apartment, and I did our dining space. People loved the outcome, and to this day it is still one of my fave makeovers I’ve ever done.

$100 Dining Space Makeover in an Apartment: pink rug, temporary wallpaper, sunburst mirror, IKEA docksta table and ghost chairs.

This year, I’ve decided to work on our dining space again because it has been severely neglected since we moved in back in September 2017. And after Christmas, it looked really sad.

Tricorn Black tray ceiling, Alabaster white walls in dining space

My darling husband bought me a gorgeous bird botanical art print from HomeGoods for Christmas, so I’m using that as the inspiration for my $100 room makeover. The gold frame is so beautiful, and I really wanted a botanical vibe in this space.

Large audubon bird print in a gold frame

Here’s the view from the living room as of yesterday. One ghost chair is in my office since I still haven’t chosen a proper office chair.

Large audubon bird print in a gold frame in a dining space

That stool is a thrift store find that I want to upcycle by reupholstering the seat and painting the legs. 

Vintage/thrifted ottoman

And you’ll likely notice I only have sheers in the space right now rather than the black and white striped curtains I wrote about awhile ago…well… Pee Wee peed on one, we tried to get it cleaned, the panel shrunk, so here we are.

Black and white striped curtains in a dining space with a large crystal chandeilier

I have a lot of bare walls and floor to work with, plus I have a ton of decor already, so I plan to “shop my house” and make some thrifty purchases to add some style and warmth to the space.

Here’s the plan:

Black and white striped curtains and botanical and audubon prints serve as the inspiration for a $100 dining room makeover.

Product Sources (Affiliate Links Included):

Curtain Panel || Rug || Fabric || Gold Planter Stand || Ginger Jar || Chinoiserie Dinner Plate

Free Audubon Printables || Picture Frames (Similar) || Dining Table (Similar)

My To-Do List for the $100 Room Makeover Challenge:

  • Dig out a rug from storage to use in the space
  • Buy fabric to reupholster the ottoman and use spray paint I have for the legs
  • Print free audubon prints and use some frames I have on hand to create a gallery wall
  • Buy a replacement curtain panel 
  • Add in some plants
  • Set a gorgeous table
  • Add in a few throw pillows to the small love seat bench area

This makeover likely won’t be super dramatic, but I do hope to add some pizazz to the space, and if nothing else, it won’t look so bare. 

Follow along with all the other lovely bloggers making over spaces for $100 or less via the links below:

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  1. Emy Flint
    January 3, 2018 / 2:59 pm

    LOVE these plans! So fun! I can't wait to see how it turns out!

  2. Patti Estep
    January 3, 2018 / 3:09 pm

    Hi Monica,I remember you beautiful dining room from last. Botanical prints are a favorite of mine and those birds are gorgeous. Can't wait to see it complete!

  3. Lemons, Lavender, & Laundry
    January 3, 2018 / 3:49 pm

    That first dining room makeover was truly amazing! I cannot wait to see what you do with this one 🙂 FYI: I also shrunk curtains in our dining room after washing them (only it wasn't pee, it was baby food prunes that my little one flung onto the curtains). Excited to have you joining the challenge again!

  4. Gabby McGraw
    January 3, 2018 / 5:07 pm

    I can't wait to see how this space turns out. Your theme sounds like it'll be so pretty!

  5. Meredith Wouters
    January 3, 2018 / 5:42 pm

    I still remember your other dining room makeover! I love your table, and I can't wait to see what you do with this space. That print is a great starting point!

  6. Natalie
    January 3, 2018 / 9:15 pm

    Your inspiration board looks good! Can't wait to see it all come together

  7. Sheena Anderson
    January 3, 2018 / 10:56 pm

    I can't wait to see how your space comes together!!

  8. Jenny Leads - Refresh Living
    January 4, 2018 / 2:18 am

    What a beautiful piece of art to use as inspiration! I can't wait to see what you do with the space.

  9. Nicki Parrish
    January 4, 2018 / 2:55 am

    Great plan. I adore that table and love the curtains too!

  10. molly | awfully big adventure blog
    January 4, 2018 / 3:48 pm

    Love your bold, graphic style! Can't wait to see how this goes!

  11. Kim Young -KnockitOffKim
    January 4, 2018 / 6:35 pm

    I can't wait to see how this turns out! Your plans are so bold and fun – just the way I like 'em!

  12. Carrie @ lovely etc.
    January 7, 2018 / 1:31 am

    Love your ideas and I am excited to see how it turns out!

  13. Wendy Duffy
    January 8, 2018 / 5:22 pm

    I am in love with that rug! I think your space is going to look amazing!

  14. Brittany Hoffman
    January 8, 2018 / 10:03 pm

    Oh my goodness – you made over that eat in area for $100?! It looks like million bucks!! I can't wait to see how you stretch your money for your dining space! Those prints are to die for!! 😍