It has been 6 weeks since the beginning of the One Room Challenge and I am pleased to reveal my dining room renovation.
What is The One Room Challenge?
The One Room Challenge™ is a biannual event every April and October and is currently in its fifteenth season. Each round, twenty design bloggers take the challenge and transform a space. Every Wednesday, the designers document their process while sharing their sources and professional advice over six weekly posts.
The ORC has teamed up with Better Homes and Garden HERE to bring you this highly anticipated event.
My Participation in The One Room Challenge
This round will complete my fifth season of the “One Room Challenge”. So many other talented people are also participating as guests, please check out their spaces HERE.
Prior Weeks Progress of the Remodel
Dining Room “Final Reveal”
As frustrating as the challenge was this season, mainly due to some of the items not being what I expected, I am pleased with the end result. Many changes I wanted to make to our dining room were not completed, let’s discuss the reasons.
A couple key elements of my initial plan for the room; to lighten the walls and center the buffet with the table didn’t work out. I was going to remove the sconces, hang a long horizontal mirror and paint the walls. The mirror I chose and had delivered was not hangable on the wall, it was a leaner mirror 🙄. I knew I wouldn’t have time to get another mirror to replace this one, nor had I chosen another I liked as much. Since I was not able to change out the mirror, then there was no sense in removing the scones and no point in painting the walls since the removal of the sconces would cause drywall repair. BUT, I still plan on replacing the mirror, removing the sconces and lightening the walls at some point…just not for this challenge.
Let’s talk about the budget friendly changes I did make to the room and the effect they have on the space. In total, I made five impactful changes and two of them didn’t cost a penny.
This is how the dining room looked before the challenge, good bones but kind of blah.
This is how it looks today! I love the simple changes, they give the room new life.
One big change that didn’t cost a penny but made a huge impact was to remove the two 18 inch table extensions from the ends of the table. As much as I love having a long and grand 12 foot table in my dining room, I have to face the fact that it just doesn’t fit the scale of the room when it is extended.
The proportions of the room now feel and look right. It’s important to realize this when designing a space, scale is very important and choosing the right sized furniture makes a huge difference in the appearance of the space.
The second change that made a dramatic impact was replacing the rug. Bringing in a soft textured rug adds a warm touch and the muted hues add the right amount of color. The new rug is also smaller, since the table is not extended anymore, the rug should be size appropriate and work within the proportions of the table and the scale of the room. Having a smaller rug also allows more of the hardwood tones in the floor to show through bringing in warm tones as well.
Adding artwork to the walls is the third impactful change.
The addition of colorful black framed canvas prints to the sides of the picture window gives the room balance and interest. The black from the frames tie in with the black iron on the chandelier.
I did not change the lighting, I simply love crystal 🥰.
The large black framed canvas print on the back wall is also a new addition. The colors go beautifully with the rug and the other prints. Artwork in the room has brought in so much interest and color. I also like the prints with the color of the walls.
The fourth change was to add a fiddle leaf tree HERE to fill out a corner in the room that was lacking character. The wide leaves add a bit of drama to the space and the heavy weave basket HERE is the perfect accessory.
The last impactful change that didn’t cost anything, was to bring in two skirted chairs I was using in the kitchen. If you remember in my prior post, I ordered 2 new chairs for the ends of the table but the color was off so I returned them. I wanted the look of skirted chairs on the end of the table and found the perfect set already in my home.
Shopping our homes and playing with furniture in different rooms is a great way to discover new looks, get a fresh feel for the room, and save tons of money…it’s a win win 😉
All the other additions to the room were items I already own. To the sides of the buffet, I added 2 boxwood topiaries HERE stacked on top of books.
Mother’s Day is coming up this Sunday, and I am hosting at our house.
I took the opportunity of the final reveal and combined it with a Mother’s Day tablescape.
I created this tablescape using pieces I already own, like these champagne colored chargers I spray painted sometime ago.
Ok, ok, so the fresh flowers are new 😉
A combination of white hydrangeas, roses, daisies, and dahlias line the center of the table in round vases and crystal wine glasses add sparkle to the table.
Having a shorter table in the room feels more intimate and quaint, I really like the new look.
The table can accommodate 8 people now and provides so much more space without the extensions.
Flickering votives are always a favorite way of mine to add a bit of romance to the table.
A smaller more intimate table for 8 with warm tones, texture, and interest.
My favorite ginger jars HERE are still a staple in the room, taking center stage on the buffet.
Rolled white belgium linen napkins and table runner allow the warmth of the natural wood to show through.
This dining room makeover was definitely cost effective. Using pieces I already own, scaling the furniture back and adding artwork, a plant, and a new rug gave the space warmth and interest it was lacking. If you are interested I have included sources below for a similar dining room look.
I hope you enjoyed following along on my mini makeover and found some ideas you can use to freshen up a space of your own. Until next time!
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