Dining Room Update {DIY Home}

The saga of the dining room is ALMOST over. ALMOST.

We are almost done. If you recall, the dining room looked like this in February:


And then we took down the wood paneling and it looked like this:



Then I tried using the Rustoleum cabinet kit and failed:


Then I decided to just stop the madness and paint my cabinets a glossy white the old-fashioned way (sand, prime, paint 3 coats).


We added crown to the tops of the cabinets. The crown meets up with the rest of the crown in the room.

The ugly wall paper and country curtains/mismatched curtains have come down:



And I am proud to say that here’s a sneak peek of what lots of hours of work, arguing and stress will get you:


The previous owner went nuts with a hole saw apparently…Oh well, it helps facilitate all the cords that go to my PC.


Pee Wee enjoying his window bench. You can see we didn’t paint all the way to the floor since we put in chair rail:





Love the crystal floor lamp I found at Marshalls for $60.


This fan/light/POS has got to go. We have plans for what to put in it’s place.


CABINETS ARE DONE!!!!! New countertops will be going in within a few weeks.


Pretty crystal & chrome knobs from eBay. $2 each


My craft desk is in the corner for now, but it won’t be in here at all once we’re done with the room. For now it stays.


Hello! Chrome bin pulls from eBay- also $2 each.


Swoon. All that hardwork was SO worth it.


Another floor lamp I bought recently. I have a thing for lamps. $35 at Sears.

What’s left to do?

1.) New floors- yup, we’re going for it. They’re a wide plank, laminate with a handscraped finish. Rich, dark brown. Love.

2.) Lighting- new chandeliers! One for over the table (where the fan is) plus one in the living/office area. We’ve decided on these from Lowes:


3.) My Chloe sofa to replace the bench in front of the window. From Macys:




Should I get the sofa in ivory, seafoam or stone? I am leaning towards ivory or seafoam.

4.) Put countertops in. We bought them for a steal at a local hardware store. They’re simple laminate, but they’re for a dining room not a kitchen, so I am cool with it.

5.) Put under cabinet LED lights.

6.) Paint wall behind cabinets. I am having lots of trouble with this. I want a bold pattern, so I might use a stencil. Ideas? I don’t even know what color to go with. A reminder of what wall I am talking about:


7.) Find curtains for windows. Again, I am stumped on a color/pattern. ideas?

8.) Finish painting all the trim work. UGH.

9.) Decorate the walls.

10.) Find a rug to define the spaces.

11.) Mount TV between the gap in the cabinets up top. Yup. Seriously. We want a space that can function as a living/dining/office space.

12.) Find/make slipcovers for the dining benches/barstools.

Yeah, we’ve got quite a bit left to do, but this room has improved SO much since we first moved in back in October.

What do you think? Any suggestions? In case you’re wondering I will be posting tutorials on crown moulding, drilling holes for hardware, and painting cabinets in the upcoming weeks. If you’d like to know how I did something in particular, leave me a comment and I’ll reply to ya via e-mail or include the info in one of my upcoming posts.



  1. Carolyn
    June 6, 2011 / 12:04 am

    Absolutely gorgeous. Your hard work certainly has paid off. I can't wait to see it all done with the furniture and new floors.

  2. Brooke
    June 6, 2011 / 12:06 am

    i love the knobs and pulls! i'd say go with the ivory couch for long term reasons. seafoam would be harder to repurpose in the future if you redid the room or got sick of it.

  3. Kara
    June 6, 2011 / 12:18 am

    MONICA! Shut the front door- sooooo effing pretty!!! Countertops- do you plan on sharing details as far as the moolah spent? I'm super curious as we (er… Heather) just painted the kitchen (blog post to follow) and I'm thinking new countertops (and a sink) are definitely in order.PS- How did you do a customized little "I love comments!" blurb above where I'm typing?! Lurve!

  4. Go Against The Grain
    June 6, 2011 / 12:34 am

    holy crap monica this looks amazing! You guys have done a great job! That chair rail adds so much to the room. Love all your choices so far. If you go with the sea foam couch you are gonna need a few other sea foam colored accents in the room too.. rug maybe?The new floors are gonna be great too! If you need tips let me know. Jack and I did it for 2 separate rooms.

  5. Monica @ MonicaWantsIt.com
    June 6, 2011 / 12:34 am

    @Brooke- I am leaning towards ivory also! I'll need to scotchguard it or something though- it's pretty light in [email protected] Thanks friend! 🙂

  6. Monica @ MonicaWantsIt.com
    June 6, 2011 / 12:39 am

    @Kara- Hi Kara! For our 2, 10-foot runs of basic laminate w/built in backsplash counters it cost us $100. It's just the cheap, marble/granite look stuff. The store said it was special ordered and the clients never picked up the counters, so they wanted to sell them dirt cheap to get rid of them- score! We'll have to cut them down to size and install them ourselves, but we saved about $300 off the normal price! Yay!As for the personalized comments thingy, I log in to Blogger and then go to "Settings > Comments > Comment form message" and you type it in there. Hope that helps!-Monica 🙂

  7. Monica @ MonicaWantsIt.com
    June 6, 2011 / 12:39 am

    @Laurel- I'll definitely be bugging you for help on the flooring. It seems straight forward, but I am nervous. Eek.

  8. CandidGrace
    June 6, 2011 / 1:12 am

    Wow! You certainly have come a long way in that space! It looks amazing, great job!! I love the seafoam couch, but I agree with Laurel, you'll have to pull that color in with other accessories in the room.Can't wait to see the finished product, its going to be gorgeous! 🙂

  9. Nancy W
    June 6, 2011 / 1:20 am

    Great job!

  10. MiriamR
    June 6, 2011 / 2:29 am

    It looks so AMAZING! I love it all. I love your hardware!! I would go with the ivory and maybe buy the stain/tare warranty. We bough red leather sectionals and I love them but I wish I would have just gone with a light neutral because I know my color schemes are going to change in the future. Thanks for sharing!

  11. TheNextMartha
    June 6, 2011 / 8:29 pm

    This really looks fantastic. You have busted your butt! Totally worth it.

  12. Ashley
    June 16, 2011 / 9:59 pm

    Monica, your cabinets look A.MAZ.ING! Seriously. I was just looking at the b/f's kitchen cabinets thinking when I have the ability to change these bad boys up, they need to be lighter! I know it wasn't easy, but the finished product looks great. And I like you accent wall, I can see it isn't black. 🙂

  13. New York Chica
    September 21, 2011 / 4:18 pm

    Hi. I'm a new visitor! LOVE your blog. So glad you're in our group Blog Hermanas! YAY! And can i say you guys did an awesome job on the dining room. WOW! So pretty. Looking forward to getting to know you 🙂