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No need to live with an outdated dining table when there are so many options for updating and making over your table! Idea #1: Paint the apron and base a solid color, and re-stain the top in a rich stain color, like this dining table before and after from Blue 11 Interiors.

Before: After: Click here to see more of this makeover from Blue 11 Interiors Idea #2: Paint the table top and the base in different but coordinating colors, like this before and after table makeover from Celebrating Everyday Life.

This one has been a big struggle for me and I’m not making any headway so far.

Still had that fabulous yellow marbled wallpaper in the image. During the time I was making the curtains I found a bar cart on sale at Target and made it over too! I also found a sweet little french-inspired black ballet chair from Ethan Allen. After the furniture and the curtains I turned my attention to the walls… My local Potter Barn Outlet is a wealth of reasonably priced products!!! Shutters and soup tureen lids were added to either side of the mirror… Keep looking for a few more tweaks and embellishments!!!!

It had more of a French country feel to it, which signaled the direction she was looking to go in.

She mentioned she thought it needed to be painted, and considered painting her china cabinet too. When I first saw the table, I thought there was no need to paint it.

It’s been about two and a half years since we first started the dining room makeover! For me, any big decor changes are more of an evolution than a makeover! It has three tall windows on two sides and is open to the kitchen on another. The first thing we did was to lay new hardwood floors… We were able to find the exact hardwood color and style that we already had in some areas of our home! If you look carefully, you can see the mahogany chairs and the old upholstery on them. We replaced the head chairs as they were beyond repair and replaced them with linen upholstered chairs by Hooker. You can follow me on Pinterest and see what I’m pinning daily HERE!

Since then this space has gone through lots of changes… Here’s a look at how the dining room has “evolved” and how it looks from season to season! There is a small built in hutch in one corner and a high tray ceiling. If you look in the bottom right hand corner you will see the old wall to wall carpet rolled up. There is a tiny difference because the old floors have been aged by the sunlight. We decided to paint the walls Sonnet and paint the trim and wainscoting the same color as the rest of the trim in the house, Atrium White. Once the floors were in and the painting done my plan was to makeover and not replace the dining room furniture. I loved their traditional styling with updated fabric, nail heads and distressed, painted legs.

It’s wainscoting is 50 inches high and was installed when we built our home. But it was very very tired and need of a total makeover! Unless you look very, very hard it is not noticeable. It took us five years to save for the 18th century mahogany and cherry dining room furniture that we bought decades ago! We also purchased a more traditional oriental-style area rug from

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