My dining room was one of the first rooms I finished in our house when we moved in 7 years ago. Unfortunately, I hadn’t touched it since…and you could tell. I was happy with it. The color was neutral and the decor did the job, but I have become a bit more adventurous since we moved in and this room needed an overhaul. I had already painted my kitchen navy blue (LOVE IT) and I wanted the two rooms to flow together, so a navy blue dining room makeover was on the horizon.
Once I had navy blue on the brain, I searched for gorgeous navy dining rooms to gain some inspiration and I found it from Sypsie Designs. You should check out their dining room too! It’s gorgeous.
You have seen some bits and pieces of this process in my window update, the farmhouse shelves and shiplap inspired walls. It has been a long road, and it isn’t totally complete yet but I wanted to give you an update on the progress.
Here is the before.
I had already taken everything off the walls before these pics. I tend to get a bee in my bonnet about something and start tearing things apart at odd times. Christmas night I almost took a sledge hammer to a wall I didn’t want anymore. If there had been wine involved, I may have woken up with a headache and a giant mess in my kitchen. Dodged a bullet there.
These are the in progress shots. I had put my planks up on the wall and I really liked it unpainted but something just didn’t flow right and they were a bit heavy. They had to go white.
When I look at the raw wood I still love it, it just wasn’t right for this room. I did end up leaving a similar wall treatment unpainted in my bedroom. You can find that here.
I added some farmhouse shelves (tutorial here) and the plate wall there on the left, which I decided I hated and it had to come down.
Do you see why the wood was too much?
Here is how it turned out.
I took the shades off the chandelier for a nice airy feel. I will be honest, I had to get used to the different way the lights illuminate the room without them, but now I love it. And it’s one less thing to clean.
When I started writing this post, I had one of my cute little orange chairs tucked in the corner, minding its own business.
Then I found this little secretary desk for $10 (yay for thrift shopping) and I love it. I bought it having no idea where to put it, but it just so happens to fit perfectly in this corner!
You can see that I perfected my plate wall above the desk and a giant cow watercolor covered up all the holes from my original plate wall efforts. PS that is not actually a painting, it is a print I made from a picture I took of an actual cow. You can find out all about it here.
This picture makes me happy. The open shelving, the pops of color, the custom watercolor artwork created by my kids. It’s all just the way I wanted it. Not to mention, it’s so much nicer than it was before.
I think that’s all I have to show you. Here’s one big shot of the whole room, even though it still includes my boring table…..that’s the next thing to change in this room so stay tuned! I sold my rug, I think the room looks bigger without it. And now I’m not strapped into the measurements of the rug for the new table I’m going to build.
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Update: I finished my table! What a difference it makes in this room, am I right?! Find out how to build your own by clicking here.