Home Improvements: Dining Room Makeover


You guys, I'm so excited to finally 'unveil' our finished dining room today! We've worked really hard to transform this room - overcoming some frustrating challenges along the way - and we're calling it a resounding success! For the curious among you I've documented how it all started, as well as listing the said challenges.



What's important to note about this room is that it's North-facing and rarely sees direct sunlight. With this in mind we wanted to strip back the previously oppressive decor and make it as light and airy as possible. On the other hand, we didn't want to end up with a stark and clinical room. We've joked that it looks a tad like a media conference/meeting room, but I think there are enough inviting features for this not to be entirely true.



Unlike with our mid-century living room, we went all out to 'finish' this one with all manner of accessories and wall art...although we're still searching for a cute cabinet or sideboard for the alcove on the right. Next on the agenda is to revisit the living room in terms of artwork, accessories and a cabinet/sideboard too. All in good time I guess...it's quite a costly thing this!




I love that I now have somewhere to proudly display my rather stunning, vintage (30s maybe) tea set. And I think my favourite feature of the room still has to be our revamped fireplace!



Overall it's a more contemporary aesthetic than I usually go for, but I think this room was crying out for it, so I'm pretty happy with the end result. What do you think?

Walls: Dulux Blossom White, Dulux Apple White

Floorboards: Dulux Trade Primer & Undercoat, Dulux Trade Diamond Matt Emulsion Paint (Pure Brilliant White), Polyvine Heavy Duty Floor Varnish (Satin Finish)

Rug & Canvas Print: Ikea

Table & Chairs: John Lewis

Light Fixtures: Lights World

Framed Wall Art: Juniqe

Cushions: Aldi

53 comments:

  1. What a transformation. Looks about twice the size. Love your tea set. x

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  2. Wow stunning. Very modern, I love the pops of colour! x

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    1. Thanks ;o) More modern than I originally intended, but I love it nonetheless!

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  3. Love this! looks modern but useable too. have just shown this to one of my daughters and she wants to buy your house when you've finished with it!

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    1. Aaaw, your daughter's super cute!

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  4. can i move in with you? it's gorgeous!

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  5. Love it! Kind of makes me want to paint my accent wall white haha

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    1. Haha...minimalist! To be fair, we have an accent wall in the living room, so this made a change not to have one. I love both looks though, so I'm sure yours looks great!

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  6. It looks so fresh and bright, and the pink is so pretty. I might paint my sewing room pink - it's the only room I could get away with! Lovely job, hope you enjoy it loads.

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    1. Thanks Katie! We're not pink people at all, so it was a pleasant surprise!

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  7. WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I love this! It's so funky! Beautiful tea set!

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  8. If it wasn't for the fire place, I wouldn't be sure we were looking at the same room! Great job Marie, it is a wonderful space.

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  9. love it! your hard work really paid off!!

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  10. I love your remodel! Looks amazing, so much better after the remodel!

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  11. Love it! It looks so much brighter and bigger in the after pics. Well done you! The vintage tea set is adorable.

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    1. Thanks Essi, mission accomplished then!

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  12. Gorgeous! I bet you love spending time in there. We are renting and I wish so much I could decorate. One day I will put to use all those interior ideas I've pinned!!! Congratulations on finishing it x

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    1. After renting for 10yrs, it's been so lovely putting our stamp on this house! I hope you get to do the same soon :o)

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  13. This should be in a homes and gardens spread wowzers! Nice work my loves xxx

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  14. I adore the whimsical informality of this room. I also love how completely original it is. Amazing work!

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  15. The change is amazing, it looks so bright and airy! Well done Marie it's fab!

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  16. Wow. Just Wow. I **really** like what you've done here!

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  17. SO AWESOME. I love the painted floor and the rug and all the art on the walls. Do I spy a gentleman panda bear? Yeah I want that print lol

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    1. Hell yes you do! He creeps loads of people out, but I love our gentleman panda ;o)

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  18. Hot damn, Marie. This is AWESOME! Epic and inspiring reno work!

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    1. Thanks so much lady! How are you getting on with yours?!?

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  19. This is gorgeous! It's lovely and bright. Loving so many things, especially the black and white rug.

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    1. Thanks Lynne! So pleased with our choice of statement rug!

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  20. Thanks for sharing your home transformation with us! It's an enormous amount of work, but it must be so satisfying when it ends up looking this good :)

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    1. It's loads of hard work, but very rewarding as you point out!

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  21. It's a triumph! I love it. You have a fabulous eye for this!

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    1. Thank you! I really enjoy this kind of thing...wish I could do loads more of it!!!

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  22. This may be the cutest dining room i've ever seen! I love the artwork on the walls!

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  23. This is such an amazing transformation, thank you for sharing!! It looks absolutely beautiful!

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    1. So glad you think so Jenna, thank you!

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  24. I'm looking at the blossom white for my bathroom and was wondering just how pink it is? I'm looking for something subtle and it's proving a mission!

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