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Dining Room Set After bw

A while back, I promised to post photos of the “vintage steal” dining room table and chairs once the dining room was more or less finished. Well, that moment has come!

The cozy dining room in our new house had “pretty bones” with its arched doorway, built-in cabinets and shelves, laminate flooring, and wainscoting.

Dining Room Before 1 blog Dining Room Before 4 blog

Still, the walls needed to be painted, colors of the cabinet needed to be matched to the trim color, and generally, it needed that something je n’sais qoui to make it feel warmer and more inviting.

So, we decided to go with a variation of French country style for this room.

First, I painted the walls with Valspar Signature paint in Hotel Carl Tan and Cabin Plank. Trim was painted with Valspar Signature in Swiss Coffee. Then, I stenciled the wall with the arch in a complimentary color, using French menu stencil from Royal Design Stencils.

Dining Room Wall 2 blog

All-over stenciling was the hardest part as stencils needed to be perfectly aligned on an odd shaped wall. Once that was done, I could have some fun! I used more stencils from Royal Design Stencils and lighter color paint to add some accents such as the “Bon Apetit” above and several other larger food related inscriptions (Boulangerie, Patisserie, Chocolat, Le Bistro Francais). I also used French rooster and Fleur de Lis stencils from Artistic Stencils to add even more fun and French flair. Last but not least, I hand painted “chez Louie” above the arch between the dining room and kitchen.

Dining Room Wall chez Louie blog

The built-in cabinet also got a makeover with the help of some paint and stencils. Once the base colors matched those of the walls and trim, I stenciled cabinet doors and drawers using stencils from Artistic Stencils, and added some pulls and knobs in oil rubbed bronze.

Dining Room After 3 blog

That was only half the job. Now, that dining set needed to be refinished… Here is how it looked before.

Dining Table Before blog

I decided to stain the table top and paint the base and the legs. As for the chairs, four of them would be painted and two stained to match the table top. Upholstery on the chairs also needed to be changed as I wasn’t too fond of the green vinyl the previous owner used on these beautifully shaped Duncan Phyfe style chairs.

Dining Chairs Before blog

For staining, I used dark mahogany stain, and painted portions were done with Miss Mustard Seed’s milk paint in Linen and finished with her furniture wax.

Once the paint and stains were completely dry, it was time for reupholstering chair seats. I upholstered them in sets of two, using the following fabrics: Covington Milburn Leaf (the leafy jacquard), Covington Clara Foliage, and Kaufmann Zipper Stripe, all in matching shades of soft greens.

Stained Chair blog

Painted Chairs blogT

The change was quite dramatic, wouldn’t you say?

Dining Room Set After blog

True, the remaining walls still need to be “dressed up,” and I still need to make a curtain for the big glass sliding door, and fill the shelves with French flair objets, but the bulk of the work in the dining room is done. We can even invite friends over to dinner now.

Dining Room Before Collage

From ho-hum…

Dining Room After Collage

To oh-la-la!

By the way, all of this was accomplished with a budget of less than $850.

Do you have any dramatic makeover stories to share? Feel free to do so in the comments on this post.