Dining Room: Updated

Over the weekend, we decided to repaint our dining room, completing the transformation.  We used the same color as the basement, which extends up the staircase and is visible from the living room, dining room, and kitchen. 

I cleared the room and taped off the trim while Ben was at work.  After removing the curtains, I decided that I liked how open the window looked.  So, I took the outer curtain supports down, patched the holes and sanded it smooth. 

I don’t have much time to paint with a three-year old and four-month old.  Fortunately, Ben is a quick painter and the area is small.  It literally took about eighteen minutes to repaint.  Here he is, hard at work.

We had to do two coats.  One on Saturday afternoon.

And another on Sunday morning.

Ben hung the curtain brackets about 5 inches from where they were.  It’s really amazing how much more open the window seems now.  I love it.

I did love the old, dark blue color (Benjamin Moore’s Hale Navy), but this definitely fits in with the rest of the house.  The curtains are more fitting with the wall color, too.  Sure, the plates don’t pop as much against the new wall color, but the dark table top was just too dark with the old wall color. 

The room has come a long way in the past few years.  Now it’s exactly as I had imagined.  The plate rack is a nice feature, serving as art and storage. 

We have some touch up paint to do, especially on the white, but it’s good enough for now.  I’m a happy camper.  Touch up paint can wait.  Let’s take a trip down memory lane, shall we? 

Here was the dining room as I received it, thanks to Ben’s decorating.

Then we added trim, a plate rack and repainted.  We also bought a new rug and I made curtains.  Then we had this:

We recently installed a new light fixture and Ben built an ah.maz.ing table for us, bringing us to this point:

And here we are today!

Do you have any projects to take on this weekend?

23 thoughts on “Dining Room: Updated

    1. Hi Martha,

      The color is actually a mistinted version of what I wanted. It was supposed to be Restoration Hardware’s Silver Sage, but it got messed up in the process. The paint is from Wal Mart and they used the light base. The formula for one gallon is B-37, E-39.5, and T-37. Hope it helps. This is the color used in our basement, too. It can look more green in some light.

  1. I really adore the new color! And when you look at the overall beginning to end transformation, it is quite jaw dropping!


    1. Hi Kendra,

      I’m glad you found our blog! Thanks so much for the kind words about our dining room!


  2. Can Ben come and add that trim to our walls, too??? It looks amazing! Love that color as well, showcasing the simple but beautiful white platters and plates. Great job!

    1. Hi Rene,

      Thanks so much! The rug is actaully a mixture of FLOR tiles. The blue ones are Toy Poodle in Seafoam, the dark brown are Easy as Pie in Earthen (cut in half, going the direction of the stripes) and the tan are Fedora in Oatmeal. Hope it helps!!


    1. Hi Madigan,

      I liked the old color for over a year, which is amazing, but when we added the dark marble topped table, we really needed to lighten things up. That, and we had left over paint from our basement.

      I love that we lightened it up. The dark blue was a nice change of pace, but overall, it didn’t fit with the other colors of our house. And the marble was dark enough.

      Thanks fo stopping by!!

  3. I love your dining room! I found your blog through Remodelaholic and so glad I clicked through. You’ve done a great job on your home. We just painted our dining room a similar color – great minds! 🙂

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