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High Contrast Dining Room Makeover Plans

Remember the dining room? Yeah, that one room we started on and then sort of forgot? And then Robert and I got all “squirrel” and “shiny things” distracted with other rooms in the house? I promise I haven’t forgotten.

Because who can forget this little nugget of a charmer?

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I shared before about how we took the curtains down, painted the beige trim and ceiling with Benjamin Moore Simply White, and rolled the walls with Benjamin Moore Kendall Charcoal. And then that was all she wrote for a while.

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With that chair rail, I knew I wanted to play around with contrast in here (and then somehow I couldn’t stop with my love affair with contrast in the laundry room and Olivia’s bathroom after that).

But I never really shared what I had brewing with plans for this space. Mostly because I didn’t have a clue until I wandered around Craigslist and thrift stores a bit to see what I could score. (#thrifterproblems )

For the past 5 months, this dining room still pretty much looks like this with maybe fewer drop cloths and a little more moving junk we’re still sorting through.

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So this weekend, I whipped up a quick design board on Polyvore to help me wrap my brain around what I was envisioning.

(I don’t have an interior design degree or anything like that, so I have no clue if that’s “the way” to do it. But it’s pretty much as fun as the days when I played The Sims as a kid and made money only so I could decorate my character’s house. Do you remember that game?! Did you do that too? Straight up addictive.)

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I’ll be high-tailing it to have this dining room finished by Christmas since it’s very likely we’ll be having a few family dinners here. And after playing around with color and patterns in our powder room and Olivia’s bathroom lately, I just craved lots of neutrals this time around.

1. Dining Table–  I found THE perfect dining table on Craigslist this weekend for $100 that I plan to fix up. (If you follow me on Instagram, you might have already seen it.)

2. Dining Chairs– I really wanted this room to be on the formal side but still kid-friendly. And since our slipcovered IKEA sofa has proven the best purchase for having messy kids and pups so far, I’m going the slipcovered route again with these Henriksdal chairs. They are cheaper than anything I’ve been finding even in the thrift stores lately.

For the ends of the table, I’ve had my eye on this pair of wicker dining chairs. They’re meant for outdoors, but who said you had to follow the rules? I snagged the pair on sale the other day since fall is the time to score outdoor furniture deals.

3. Chandelier– The current one is okay, but I’m not in love. But my office has a gorgeous antique brass chandelier that we’ll be moving into this room instead. Gotta love a change that costs $0!

4. Mirror Gallery Wall– Ever since we finished painting these dark charcoal walls, I’ve thought several mirrors hung up in a gallery would bounce the light around beautifully opposite the two windows. I see pretty mirrors at thrift stores all the time anyway.

5. Curtains– We’ll probably be keeping it simple with floor-to-ceiling plain white.

6. Rug– I’m debating even using a rug at all, but a bleached jute rug would be pretty. I like having jute under the table because it’s so much more forgiving against spills and dirt than a rug that’s more like carpet.

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That’s the whole grand plan. It’s still very much in the beginning stages since Robert and I just dumped our found table in the garage for me to work on this week. But I was too excited and couldn’t stop myself from playing around with ideas a bit. I think it will end up looking pretty but still kid-friendly with furniture that can handle messes and a few beatings.

I’m wrapping up Olivia’s bathroom makeover over here this week too, and the change is ca-raaaazy!

What about you? Have you scored any great finds lately? Started planning a room makeover to crank out before the holidays? Painted a room a drastic dark color just because? Follow your heart; it all works out in the end… fingers crossed anyway.

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5 Comments

  1. I love all your ideas. I love the chandelier you have in there now – though I might paint it. Whatever you end up doing – it will be awesome!

  2. Lauren, your Dining Room is going to be gorgeous once you’re finished! Just love what you have done to personalize your beautiful home! Enjoy! Blessings!

  3. Love, love, love your design! Can’t wait to see it come together! My dining room has dark grey walls with a white wainscotting/chair rail as well and I absolutely love it.

  4. As a fellow fan of high contrast,I love your plan Lauren! I’m working on my dining room as well for the One Room Challenge, since I’m hosting Thanksgiving this year. Also looking into some slipcovered chair options! Can’t wait to see it come together!

    1. Thanks, Jenny! Whew! Your deadline is tighter than mine. I’m sure it will turn out beautifully as everything you do always does. 🙂

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