Dining Room Before
The Dining Room Before & After
Sometimes being so slow with projects can be a little flustering. You don’t have the instant gratification of a fabulous before and after. You can feel like you are only inching along, each step feeling like things are better than they were, but not quite where you envision them in the end.
Doing a project over time, using mostly what you already have, can be fun but is not always the easiest way to do a room. It takes patience with being “undone,” hanging on through some twists and turns as you try to work with what you have, and a lot of persistence to keep on keeping on.
It has taken me TWO YEARS to arrive where I am today with this dining room. You’d think I was remodeling (HA!) but it was mostly just painting furniture, walls, and rearranging things (and just living life!)! Yes, two years is a slow pace, but I’m on a roll now! I’m not done yet but it feels like it finally has turned in the right direction. In all fairness, even though that before photo is two years old, I did most of the updating in this room in the past 7 months.
Step by Step Dining Room Progress
- I had to be patient for 10 long months waiting for my old house to sell so I could move all my furniture here.
- I put up my antique stained glass (from a real church) to hide a less than pleasant view.
- I painted my old table, chairs & armoire to brighten up the room and unify mismatched, less than lovely wood.
- This fall I hung some temporary curtains leftover from my old house (note: new curtains just might be in the works).
- Then right before the holidays we painted the walls Behr All in One Studio Taupe Paint.
- Then I got a new lantern with lots of character.
- And then, I moved the dresser out and put in my baker’s rack.
Dining room during —
prior to the walls being painted and the dresser being moved
Dining Room Now (lantern from Pottery Barn)
Dining Room before and now.
And finally, the side by side view.
The before and now, two LOOOONNNNGGG years apart.
Since I have felt like I wasn’t making fast enough progress, it helps to look at what the room looked like when I first set my furniture down and review the step by step progress along the way.
Yep. It has come a long way.
Oh, and now it has come a little further! Check out my new dining room curtains post!
Thanks for bearing with me, particularly this week with so many posts and photos in my dining room! Next project for this room: the new curtains made out of my 16 year old fabric!
NOTE: All the furniture in this room was FREE because it was recycled from a previous house, with the exception of the new (but free to me!) Pottery Barn lantern, the paint (Studio Taupe Behr all in one) and the seagrass rug (Cost Plus, $125).