I finally got up the nerve to put the antique painting peel and stick mural wallpaper in the dining room!
Do you ever talk yourself out of a project but then keep coming back to it because you really want to see that gorgeous finished product only to lose courage all over again when faced with the enormous task of actually making that finished product with your own two hands?
That was the story in the dining room…
Wallpapering makes me nervous every single time before I start.
Honestly, if I hadn’t ordered these peel and stick wall murals over the summer and already had them in my possession, I probably would have chickened out on this.
I have no idea why wallpaper intimidates me UNTIL I work up enough nerve to just do it. It happens every single time, and I’ve wallpapered a dozen different ways by now.
What the Dining Room Looked Like Before
Do you remember how the dining room looked 4 years ago?
Dining Room Progress
Then it looked like this last month after adding molding to the walls, painting the room Romabio Blue Ridge Parkway, hanging the shaded chandelier I scored on Facebook Marketplace, putting up pleated curtains, and adding the furniture.
Dining Room After Adding Mural Wallpaper
And now… those murals just pop!
Where to Buy and How to Hang Peel and Stick Murals
I rounded up a ton of my favorite scenic mural wallpapers for all budgets here.
You can see how to hang wallpaper inside of picture frame molding in this tutorial. It really is so much easier to hang wallpaper inside of molding rather than wallpapering the entire wall.
This is the view beside our foyer right as we walk through our front door.
What I love most about the scenic mural wallpaper we chose is it reminds me so much of the marshes near Charleston and Saint Simon’s Island where we love taking family vacations in the summer.
Doesn’t it look hand painted? You can’t even tell they’re peel and stick wall murals unless you get really close and start looking for seams.
Decorating Around the Wall Murals
I decided to keep the decor on top of the DIY grasscloth buffet a minimum without a mirror or anything so that the main focus would be that huge mural.
Since it’s officially fall, I brought my dried hydrangeas from last year in here, and that’s basically all the fall decor it’s getting right now. Minimal fall.
No fall decor could compete with this mural wallpaper anyway.
So now, it’s official. The dining room is 100% finished.
It might be the first time ever I’ve stuck with a room design from start to finish without any changes. That never happens.
It finally feels like home in here to me.
I have no idea how you would describe it really. Is it traditional? Modern? Scandinavian? French? Coastal? No clue. All I know is it feels like us.
Dining Room Sources
- Wall color: Romabio Blue Ridge Parkway
- Ceiling color: Benjamin Moore Simply White
- Buffet (DIYed from a secondhand find)
- Chandelier (we found ours used on Facebook Marketplace but I’ll link its retail source… not as cheap as we paid unfortunately)
- Peel and stick mural wallpaper
- Curtain rods
- Dining table (cheaper version here)
- Upholstered dining chairs (cheaper version here)
- Black dining chairs (cheaper version here)
- Dried hydrangeas (DIY tutorial using backyard stems)
- Terracotta vase (similar – ours was a $20 Marshall’s find)
- Blue glazed jug
- Buffet lamps
- Concrete bowl
- Lost Charleston book
- The French Laundry book
Le sigh. Having several half finished rooms around here makes me appreciate this completed dining room even more than I already did.
To have it ready just in time for upcoming Thanksgiving and Christmas gatherings is the cherry on top.