How I Turned A Boring Dining Room to Show Stopping

Hello Loves!

Since we moved into this home this past April, this boring dining room has stumped me. Actually, it hasn’t. I knew what I wanted. Problem was I have champagne dreams on less than a beer budget. I’m more of a Natty Light budget in a Solo Cup if you know what I mean. I wanted (and still do if I’m being honest) wallpaper. Some people cringe when I say that. I have no idea why. I’m not talking about your great-grandmothers wallpaper here, or maybe I am, if your great-grandmother had exceptional taste.

I wanted Schumacher wallpaper in my dining room, but the price between the wallpaper and the wallpaper hanging people to do three-half walls–yes, you read that right, three-half walls, was going to be a whopping…wait for it…wait for it… Six Thousand Dollars! 

After I picked my jaw up off the floor and gave my heart a giant smack so it would beat again, I said not today Satan. Not today. So I had three options the way I saw it. I could save my money for the next ten years to afford the wallpaper, and by that point I wouldn’t want the wallpaper anymore, I could sulk in bitterness of pretty things being so expensive, or I could pivot. After some sulking in the chip bag, I decided to pivot.

I knew I wanted dramatic and moody for my dining room. Something that screamed classy, rich, and warm–mind you on my Natty Light budget. So what’s a girl to do? Pull out her paint brush and suck it up buttercup. So, that’s what I did. And while I may not be the best painter in the world, OK, maybe I am the worst, I think the transformation turned out alright. But, I’ll let you decide for yourself.

Before. As you can see we needed a little help.

Dining Room   Dining Room

And After!

So, it’s not my dreamy wallpaper, but I think it’s pretty dreamy all it’s own. I spent about 400 dollars on paint and paint supplies, because naturally I had to buy everything, from tarps, to rollers, to brushes, tape, paint, etc. The color I picked was Sherwin Williams, Smokey Blue. I’d used it in my old house and loved it. The velvet green bench is a new find from Marshalls at steal of 150 dollars. Everything else I pulled out from closets, moved around the house, and it all landed where it did.

As the months go by, I am sure I’ll make more changes. Maybe a cherry piece of furniture on that empty wall? Or when spring rolls around, changing the curtains and the bird pictures to something more colorful? But for now, I love it. And if you love it too, I created an Amazon shopping list for you where you can mimic this style! You’ll find it here.

Remember, everything you buy, I make a small commission from at no extra cost to you!

Happy shopping and happy decorating. And remember, show me what you do!


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