A pat on the back
I’m going to give myself credit where credit is due. Our dining room has gone from dark and depressing to bright and cheerful with relatively little money ($750) and a LOT of sweat. When we bought the house I knew that this room had TONS of potential- and I was right!
Andrew and I primed and painted all the wood paneling ourselves, which made the largest difference in the feel of the room. I wish I had a before picture of the dining set, which was gifted to us by Andrew’s grandfather, so you could see the difference. I painted the chairs with enamel paint ($25) and had them reupholstered in zebra linen ($9 a yard) with silver nailheads (upholstery cost: $40 per chair). They look so great and make me smile everytime I walk in the room. The rug is a chocolate sisal from IKEA ($150), which has rubber backing on it so no need for a rug pad. The West Elm metal and wood chandelier adds a more modern twist to things, and only set us back $150. There are still things to do, such as put up the grasscloth wallpaper I purchased from Creative Wallcovering for $200 and possibly some window treatments as well. I hope this inspires others to roll up their sleeves and think creatively when considering a room rehaul! You can save tons of money by doing it yourself and gain a real sense of accomplishment too!
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