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Dining Room Before and After

Formal Dining Room Takes Shape

Wow, time flies when you’re busy. I kind of fell off the face of the (blogging) Earth for a few weeks, and for that, I apologize. But never fear, I have lots of updates coming your way, to show you just how busy I’ve been. Earlier this year, I’d set a goal for myself to have our entire house painted by spring. Spoiler alert: my entire house isn’t painted. But we have made lots of progress on several rooms, so get prepared for a slew of house update posts.

Over the winter, DH and I finished off painting the entire downstairs by hiring out our massive two-story foyer, and painting the dining room ourselves. I have big plans for our dining room:

Dining Room Mood Board

As you can see, it’s not quite there yet, but we have accomplished a few things: painting, buying a dining room table, making curtains with a matching cornice board, getting a bar cart and putting up some décor on the walls. Sam and I painted the room ourselves, and it turned out really well. My mom make the curtains and cornice board for us (she’s a LIFE SAVER), and found the dining set on Craigslist for us at less than half of retail. (Also, I sincerely apologize for my awful, indoor iPhone photos) 

Our Dining Room

Overall, I’m really happy with how the room is shaping up. It’s by far the most formal space in our house, and I wanted to design to reflect that. I think the darker color on the walls makes the space warmer and more inviting, and the large pattern on the curtains (reflected again on the table runner) creates a heavy, formal feeling. I wanted the color scheme to keep with the rest of the house (grey and navy), but in darker shades in this room.

Our Dining Room
Of course we have equestrian prints in our dining room

Our next few projects in this room will include putting up wainscoting, getting a new light fixture and some new head chairs. Plus we’ll need some more décor on the walls… but I’m not sure what I want to do. Any suggestions?

Dining Room Before and After


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14 thoughts to “Formal Dining Room Takes Shape”

  1. Lovely! We never use our formal dining room. I’m trying to convince my husband it would be a cozy office space. I wish my mom would make curtains for me. She used to sew my clothes when I was little but now she says she’s retired her sewing machine. You have a great decorating team.

  2. Awww, your mood board looks a lot like my actual dining room! We were super lucky that the previous owners had installed all the wainscoting for us. 🙂 We painted the top half Glidden’s French Gray and looks really similar! But my furniture is all black in there and my bar doesn’t roll. Nice taste!

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