$100 Dining Room Makeover: Week 4

It’s reveal day! I pulled out all the stops for this reveal- I swiffered the floors and vacuumed to avoid having to Photoshop out all of the dog hair that inevitably ends up on our floors (and clothes, linens and every other surface imaginable). You’re welcome, friends. #icleanedforyou

I’d love to thank and recognize Erin from Lemons, Lavender and Laundry, the lovely creative mastermind behind this challenge, for inspiring me to tackle a space in my new apartment. It likely would have stayed a dumping ground for junk, and now I have a stylish dining space.

Need to catch up on the progression of this space? Read about week 1, week 2 or week 3 here.

Let’s take it back to where it all began. The beige dumping ground.

A boring and small beige dining space in an apartment gets a glam makeover! No paint or power tools were needed, but the end result is gorgeous. Tanzania inspired spotted wallpaper, IKEA docksta table, bright pink rug and more. Love that starburst mirror!

And let’s look at it now.


A boring and small beige dining space in an apartment gets a glam makeover! No paint or power tools were needed, but the end result is gorgeous. Tanzania inspired spotted wallpaper, IKEA docksta table, bright pink rug and more. Love that starburst mirror!

And from another angle.

A boring and small beige dining space in an apartment gets a glam makeover! No paint or power tools were needed, but the end result is gorgeous. Tanzania inspired spotted wallpaper, IKEA docksta table, bright pink rug and more. Love that starburst mirror!

IN. LOVE. Smitten. Butterflies. Swoon worthy!

A boring and small 9x6 beige dining space in an apartment gets a glam makeover! No paint or power tools were needed, but the end result is gorgeous. Tanzania inspired spotted wallpaper, IKEA docksta table, bright pink rug and more. Love that starburst mirror!

Let’s take it all in now with details. As you all can see, I didn’t splurge on real florals. Whomp whomp. They were pricey at the grocery store, and truthfully, I’m trying to not spend money unless absolutely necessary so faux florals for the win.

A gorgeous dining space in a small apartment. It's 54 square feet of style and genius renters hacks.

My beloved spotted plates from H&M came in, and they are every bit as beautiful as I thought they would be. Totally worth the $6.99 each.

A boring and small 9x6 beige dining space in an apartment gets a glam makeover! No paint or power tools were needed, but the end result is gorgeous. Tanzania inspired spotted wallpaper, IKEA docksta table, bright pink rug and more.

They look gorgeous layered with anything. How great would these look with some funky floral dinner plates or colorful stoneware?

My large leopard pillow from Ballard Designs is the perfect size for the little loveseat bench.

A boring and small 9x6 beige dining space in an apartment gets a glam makeover! No paint or power tools were needed, but the end result is gorgeous. Tanzania inspired spotted wallpaper, IKEA docksta table, bright pink rug and more.

Ultimately, I decided against curtains, but I did figure out a way to completely open those blinds, so now I have a way to let in lots of light when I want.

A boring and small 9x6 beige dining space in an apartment gets a glam makeover! No paint or power tools were needed, but the end result is gorgeous. Tanzania inspired spotted wallpaper, IKEA docksta table, bright pink rug and more.

In small spaces that are adjoined to other spaces, an area rug can help create a “defined” space where one doesn’t exist. Now I feel like I have a living room AND a dining room.

Initially I wanted to do a huge floral wall art gallery, but after seeing how much was going on with the wallpaper and the rug, I decided to tone it back and opted for a gold starburst mirror instead. Sometimes good design entails the exercise of restraint.

A boring and small 9x6 beige dining space in an apartment gets a glam makeover! No paint or power tools were needed, but the end result is gorgeous. Tanzania inspired spotted wallpaper, IKEA docksta table, bright pink rug and more.

And some more beauty shots. I used the lid of the candle as a coaster for the Perrier. A simple centerpiece sometimes has to be small and useful.

A boring and small 9x6 beige dining space in an apartment gets a glam makeover! No paint or power tools were needed, but the end result is gorgeous. Tanzania inspired spotted wallpaper, IKEA docksta table, bright pink rug and more.

I touched on this a few days ago, but it has really been hard to transition back to an apartment after living in a house for six years, but doing small projects like this really help me. It’s a fun challenge, and I know there are millions and millions of people who rent or live in temporary housing. I hope these posts inspire you a bit no matter what your current living situation is.

A boring and small 9x6 beige dining space in an apartment gets a glam makeover! No paint or power tools were needed, but the end result is gorgeous. Tanzania inspired spotted wallpaper, IKEA docksta table, bright pink rug and more.

The grand total I spent was $30.27 on the set of 4 plates from H&M. This was all stuff I already had on hand. So, before you go buying new things, dig around your cabinets and closets to see if there are any items you could give new life to or repurpose.

Love this makeover? Please pin any of the images or the collage below. Your support means so much to me!

A boring and small 9x6 beige dining space in an apartment gets a glam makeover! No paint or power tools were needed, but the end result is gorgeous. Tanzania inspired spotted wallpaper, IKEA docksta table, bright pink rug and more.

GET THIS LOOK:

Pink Rug  //  Leopard Pillow Covers  //  Starburst Mirror

Ghost Chairs   //   White Dining Table

Temporary Wallpaper   //   Spotted Plates

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33 Comments

  1. Patti Estep
    January 25, 2017 / 4:01 pm

    So very cute and chic looking. I would never be able to come up with a combination like this but it's beautiful.

    • Monica Benavidez
      January 25, 2017 / 8:42 pm

      Thanks, Patti! My style is definitely eclectic… hee hee.

  2. Deborah Sommerlot
    January 25, 2017 / 4:12 pm

    Very chic. Great job!

    • Monica Benavidez
      January 25, 2017 / 8:42 pm

      Thanks, Deborah!

  3. Sharon Williams
    January 25, 2017 / 7:22 pm

    You would never think this was an apartment looking at the beautiful changes you've made. I love the fact that you spent basically nothing, and those plates were totally worth every penny. Love that you were able to get the blinds open, too!

    • Monica Benavidez
      January 25, 2017 / 8:42 pm

      Having the blinds open makes such a difference. Totally happy I bought those plates. I just bought 2 more so I'd have a set of 6. 😀

  4. Meredith Wouters
    January 25, 2017 / 7:23 pm

    Wow, the award for "Most Bang for your Buck" should go to you! This is an incredible transformation and I know you're helping renters everywhere redefine their expectations for their own spaces. Great job!

    • Monica Benavidez
      January 25, 2017 / 8:41 pm

      You're so sweet, thanks Meredith!

  5. kathrynbelle
    January 25, 2017 / 8:23 pm

    where did you get your agate napkin rings???

  6. Jeanie Emmert
    January 25, 2017 / 9:11 pm

    This space came together so beautifully. I love everything about it and you're right about those plates – definitely worth the wait!

  7. Brittany
    January 25, 2017 / 11:27 pm

    I was really excited about your makeover! I really can't believe this is a rental–you did such a good job working within the rental constraints and making the space totally you!

  8. reFresh reStyle
    January 26, 2017 / 2:32 am

    Beautiful!! Love it all 🙂

  9. Sara Syrett
    January 26, 2017 / 3:44 am

    Oh wow, its so glamorous! I love that wall! Bravo on a wonderful transformation!

  10. Monica Hannah
    January 26, 2017 / 1:17 pm

    You're amazing! Well done! LOVE!

  11. Amy B
    January 26, 2017 / 1:59 pm

    Love this like I love all the rental redo stuff you've done…I don't rent but I like to change things without a lot of work like peeling off wallpaper so this temporary stuff seems like a win! 💕

  12. Lemons, Lavender, & Laundry
    January 26, 2017 / 7:59 pm

    This is so incredible! The wallpaper and rug make such a statement. Love all the little touches (and I never would have guessed those were fake flowers). I am amazed at what a little shopping around your house did for this dining area. So inspirational!

  13. Ashley Mayes
    January 26, 2017 / 8:27 pm

    It has your bold, glam style all over it and it's fabulous!

  14. Zografia Avgerou
    January 26, 2017 / 8:58 pm

    I'd never leave that love seat! Beautiful room!

  15. Maria Brittis
    January 27, 2017 / 1:59 am

    Total magazine worthy! You are amazing! Maria

  16. Eliesa Prettelt
    January 27, 2017 / 5:59 pm

    So many many great things about this makoever! The wallpaper and pink rug are my two favorites. Great job giving a bland little space some blingy awesomeness!

  17. Colleen Stevens
    January 28, 2017 / 4:12 pm

    I agree with Maria, this is magazine worthy! The room is beautiful and classy, and the photography is amazing!

  18. Amy Ellis
    January 29, 2017 / 3:11 pm

    Wow and Wow, Monica. I third that motion. Magazine worthy. Love your modern eclectic style!!

  19. Kathy@ uptodateinteriors.com
    January 30, 2017 / 7:01 am

    Wow! Your tablescape belongs in a magazine! (oops that was said already) Seriously, it's so chic, colorful, and classy. I want to dine with you!

  20. clovermint
    January 30, 2017 / 9:04 pm

    I love your rug! Where did you get it? I also own the Docksta table and a few ghost chairs, love your idea.

  21. Brenda Pruitt
    January 30, 2017 / 9:19 pm

    I must have missed where you said you got the little loveseat. I love this look!Brenda

  22. Timeless Creations, LLC
    January 30, 2017 / 11:18 pm

    Love it Monica! Have been waiting to see your space all put together! The plates and centerpieces tie everything together so nicely. Pretty pretty!

  23. Maureen
    January 31, 2017 / 5:32 pm

    Wow! What an eye catching room (corner!). I really love the pop of colour the rug gives to the space. The tablescape is so pretty too! Still swooning over the removable wall paper!

  24. I Am a Homemaker
    February 1, 2017 / 6:27 pm

    Man! This space is so chic and bold, I am absolutely in love. Fantastic makeover. That wall treatment is seriously fierce.

  25. Carrie @ lovely etc.
    February 2, 2017 / 1:39 am

    This dining area turned out so fun and pretty! I love all the color and pattern and it all works together so well!

  26. Erin
    February 2, 2017 / 9:28 pm

    Holy Wow! What an amazing and fun makeover. You totally rocked this one!

  27. Natalie Dixon
    February 3, 2017 / 5:12 pm

    I love this so much! The wallpaper with the pink rug is perfection! I might try to duplicate some of this in my office! Great job!

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