One Room Challenge Week 6: The Reveal! After weeks of intense work, I can’t wait to share with you our dining room makeover.
If you’ve told me six weeks ago that I can pull off this dining room makeover, I would have laughed because not only that it requires intense work, it also demands time. The time that I barely have for DIY projects. Don’t get me wrong. I’m all for DIY projects for sure. But the last few months of this year I have other priorities. I have no regrets though. I’m glad that I joined the One Room Challenge Fall Series instead of waiting for the next one.
Our dining room has been through a few versions.
Here’s the Before One Room Challenge:
Here’s the After One Room Challenge:
Let’s talk about how the entire project unfolds.
The IKEA Hemnes hack adds storage in our dining room. Why I choose this item? I love its storage combination with doors and drawers. The only thing that’s not my style was the hardware. So, I replaced it.
Admittedly, our dining set makeover was the most labor intensive in this project. The initial plan was to remove the dark stain on the table and chairs to showcase the Acacia wood natural grain. Then, I started the upholstery on each chair’s seat. And I went on to also upholstered each chair’s back. Yes! Without a doubt, this was the part of the makeover where I asked myself why am I doing this when I could have just followed the initial plan, the simple one. Well, I’m glad I took an extra mile.
As a self-confessed minimalist, I’m more into modern yet straightforward designs. Our interior home walls are variations of shades of gray and light blue in three bathrooms. All of our furniture pieces up until this One Room Challenge are dark stained. Except for our master bedroom now, all furniture pieces are either white or natural wood finish.
Looking for fabric to use for our chairs wasn’t easy. I’m into simple but not dull designs. After having three contenders, this floral fabric was the winner. Although it’s brighter and has bold patterns, it compliments very well with the Acacia wood natural grain. I love, love, love it! And oh, I used old gold upholstery tacks for a better look!
The console table makeover was where I had to paint the most. We purchased it with a dark stain and with doors. But with a small space, I prefer to have open shelves where I can display essential items for our dining room.
I’d say that the wallpaper installation was bearable. I mean after the dining set makeover, there’s no DIY projects that I would say can top the intense work. Hmmm, I’m sure there’s more, but for now, it’s the most challenging on my list!
Moving on. .. The chandelier! In the planning phase of the dining room makeover, I considered replacing the chandelier with one that looks modern and has a gold finish. But due to the time constraint, I ended up keeping the same piece and paint it with gold instead. I couldn’t be happier!
Now, let’s decorate! After putting the furniture pieces together, I have had to make a few changes. First, because I used a floral fabric, I decided to use white curtains instead of the ones with bold pattern. I don’t want to make the room looks very busy considering it’s a small space. Second, I didn’t have a portrait display as initially planned since I chose to leave the hexagon decorative mirrors on the other side of the wall. Third, I have the gold round mirror on the wall where the console table is positioned. Fourth, I added a few greenery. Fifth, I choose the items very carefully for display.
So, that’s our dining room makeover. Undeniably, it’s worth the work and time! Now, we can enjoy this space for the upcoming holidays with family and friends.
To all of you who cheer me on and have followed me along for six weeks, THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!