Dining Room Facelift {#DIY Home Décor}

This post is going to have a ton of pictures, so I totally apologize in advance if I cause you to go over your data plan for you mobile users.

My dining room has kind of stayed as is, plus or minus seasonal décor, ever since I did this reveal post last year. Well, the hubster and I have been lusting after a new dining table, so we rearranged the space a bit to see what it’d feel like in a different configuration. Ok, and I sort of lied…I’ve been lusting after a new dining table while my husband is 100% OK with the set we have.

It is the bane of my existence. But more about that in a post later this week.

We flip flopped the layout and now it looks like this when you walk in:


Now the dining table is what greets you when you walk in (before it was the sofa), and I’ll admit I despised the layout the first few days…Now I LOVE IT! It flows nicely, the room feels more spacious—which is a challenge since the room is about 10 feet wide and 30 feet long. Yeah, seriously narrow and long.

The chandelier is centered beautifully over the table, and mercury and jewel tone accents add drama to the space.


The candlesticks and mercury glass pumpkin are from one of my top 5 favorite stores: ZGallerie. The blue and magenta pumpkins are from Hobby Lobby, and the flocked damask runner is a wedding leftover from Kohl’s holiday collection back in 2008. Silver chargers are 98-cents each at Walmart.


Past the dining table, is a comfy, luxe seating area perfect for cocktails with the gals. Plus, there’s a doorway that leads straight to the kitchen, so that it’s easy to get refills on drinks or check on the puffed pastry in the oven.


And if you haven’t noticed, I finally splurged on some curtains with COLOR. My other ones were 5 different shades of beige, and these are STUNNING. They are a gorgeous peacock blue color, but when the light hits them, they can morph into having more green or blue. I am in love! The price is oh so right—these gorgeous SIlkana Teal Curtains are only $52 for a pair, and they are worth every penny. They do not totally block out the light, but they do filter it so it just softly embraces a room. Highly recommend!


And now onto more pictures and less of me talking…









Pee Wee always comes into my blog photo shoots to give his approval.


Or to lounge.


That mirrored table off to the left developed a HUGE crack out of nowhere. Ugh. So now a nice serving tray from World Market covers that sucker up.




I’m still obsessed with my ghost chair. I’m writing this very sentence right now while sitting in my ghost chair from Overstock. It’s so comfy. I think my circa 2008 Dell PC is an eyesore. Maybe Santa will bring me a new all in one PC this year…or maybe a Mac? Hhmm.


This frame is one of those fugly gold frames you can find at garage sales. While the gold may be old/ugly, a coat of spray paint can work wonders! Plus, look at those gorgeous, ornate elements on the frame.




These flocked damask pillows were a great score at JCP a few years back. I got 4 of them for $6 each.


The mirrors are from Kirkland’s and were about $10 each. They always have sales and coupons (plus you can use coupons from your phone), so I always go to Kirkland’s for affordable home décor such as mirrors, vase filler, and pumpkins for fall.



There you have it! Again, the primary “makeover” aspect of this simply involved moving around furniture, and bringing in accents from other rooms, but in the interest of full disclosure, I did splurge on the following:

  • New Silkana Teal Window Panels (4 panels, $100 total)
  • New trellis patterned pillow ($15 at Ross)
  • New magenta pumpkin ($4 at Hobby Lobby)
  • New black lamp shade ($10 at Ross)
  • New bright white bulbs ($12 at Walmart)

Total: About $150 for a whole new look!

I have this obsession for pumpkins, so I love being able to scatter them throughout my home. The dining room won’t get to enjoy the fall décor too much since I have been selected for a super awesome opportunity that I’ll tell you about later this week. IT IS EXCITING!! I am so over the moon about it and can’t wait to gush all the details to you lovely people.

There are a few things I want to change about the space, in addition to getting rid of the dining table. I’d love a luxe throw with a fun geometric or damask print, a bar cart, wine fridge, recessed lights, a tufted storage ottoman, more wall décor, mirrored/acrylic serving tray, metallic pillows, and a less “beige” wall color. Oh and a gorgeous arm chair! I’ll be working on those during the next phase of my dining room facelift. 🙂

What do you think of my “new” dining room? Like? Love? Want to come over and have drinks with me?

If you have any questions about anything in my dining/office/living room area, please feel free to leave a comment and I’ll reply to you in the comments as soon as I can.

But here are some questions I am anticipating and will just answer now:



  1. erin.mclarty
    September 19, 2013 / 12:20 am

    Your living room is drool worthy! I love the new drapes, peacock blue-green really works in there! 3

  2. Emmie
    September 19, 2013 / 1:50 am


  3. Just Short
    September 19, 2013 / 2:14 am

    Oh my goodness. I LOVE the color scheme…. So pretty.

  4. Just Short
    September 19, 2013 / 2:15 am

    Oh my goodness. I LOVE the color scheme…. So pretty.

  5. Candy @ Mommypalooza
    September 19, 2013 / 2:25 am

    Yes, I want to come over and have drinks with you!!!! I LOVE the curtains!! Such a great color to throw in there…we have such similar tastes when it comes to decor. Great job! Can't wait to hear more about your new opportunity. 🙂

  6. Kelly Blount
    September 19, 2013 / 3:09 am

    OMG!!!!! Loooove it! It is beautiful. If I were your neighbor, I would be over with a bottle of bubbly to toast your great room!

  7. Richard
    September 19, 2013 / 4:41 am

    My favorite part is that sweet computer. Is at a Core Duo under the hood?Yeah, it is a bit 2000-and-late among all this stylish stuff. Freaking cool designs though!

  8. Sandy
    September 19, 2013 / 10:44 am

    I'm such a color person. The colors you used, and, how you used them, work perfectly together. For me, the bright drapes and shinny accents make your room. I just want to come in and set for a while. Love it. It also shows that great design doesn't have to drain the bank. Amazing job.

  9. Rocio Chavez
    September 19, 2013 / 4:30 pm

    Swoon, have I mentioned I want my house to look like yours when I grow up 🙂 So nice…love

  10. Tim Alexander
    September 20, 2013 / 2:54 pm

    Really lovely look! Amazing what a few key items can bring to a space. We just have been looking at some lovely dinette tables after visiting a friends home. I mean their dining room looked like a completely different place

  11. Mel Lockcuff
    September 20, 2013 / 3:35 pm

    Such a peaceful room! I'm loving that teal pillow. And frames at garage sales are the absolute best DIY projects. Thank you for linking up to Inspire Me Wednesday!

  12. Unknown
    November 11, 2013 / 6:17 pm

    Love the colors! Where did you get the Silkana Teal Panels?

  13. Unknown
    November 11, 2013 / 6:19 pm

    Love the colors…but where did you purchase the Silkana Teal panels from?

  14. Sunil Sharma
    November 16, 2013 / 4:08 am

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  15. Booker DeWitt
    November 20, 2013 / 2:40 am

    I am looking for a deal on dining room furniture in Newport News, VA. Does anyone know a good deal going on?