2.24.2017

Five Steps For An Updated Dining Room


Susan has a beautiful, large, rustic ranch style home.  We are updating it room by room while keeping true to the architecture and lightening it's masculine edge.  The beams in the dining room are real, solid wood.  

In analyzing the room's dated features, we wanted to:
  1. Lighten the walls to contrast with the wood beams and floors
  2. Keep the well made table. But give the chairs some love (if you have good chairs, consider recovering or painting them)
  3. Update the light fixture
  4. Add some pretty, fresh accessories
  5. When not having a large party, relocate a couple of the chairs to make more "elbow room."   OR (if you can), consider taking out a table leaf to make the room feel larger.
The walls were painted a warm white:  Benjamin Moore White Dove.

 On the host chairs, we used a Kravet Geometric Fabric.
As well as, stain resistant Perennials Rough n' Rowdy in Ash.

There is new lighting, Berkshire linear (good deal on sale now!).

This is a good room for dinner with friends in the colder months or a quiet spot for Susan's son to spread out and do his homework.  



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33 comments:

  1. Gorgeous Mary Ann! It looks like a completely new room while using some of her exsisting items! Love it!
    I definitely need to lighten my dining room!
    xo

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    1. I'm excited to see your rendering of the craft room, Gail!

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  2. Great work Mary Ann, what a transformation. You are so talented! Love those dining chairs.

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    1. Thanks, Celia...those chairs were costly so worth the investment to recover.

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  3. Great post! I can use these ideas in my dining room - Thank you! I wouldn't have thought to use different fabric on the host chairs - I really like it!

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  4. Great job, love how you freshened it up, that lighting made all the difference and the white walls!! I gave your name to one of my blog followers for an e-design! Have a great weekend!
    Kathysue

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    1. Thanks, Kathysue, for the referral!! I hope we can meet one day.

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  5. I love the updates you gave this room. The wall color made a huge difference and I like the new fabrics on the chairs. What a great light fixture and new mirror!

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  6. It does look a lot more modern without changing all the furniture. And brighter!

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    1. And it's still pretty traditional in keeping with the architecture.

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  7. Much better! The white walls and recovered chairs take away the dreariness of the room. The new light fixture and mirror add the much needed refresh. All that, and you worked with the client's existing furniture. It now feels like a room you would want to relax in after dinner.

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    1. I think so, too, Joanne. And Susan is a great cook.

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  8. The timing of this post could not have been better for me. I'm right at the beginning of a dining room refresh: replacing Louis-style chairs with a more modern design, but keeping my nice table. Adding some new moulding and light fixture. Thanks for the product links...I really like that light fixture!

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  9. Mary Ann--love how you make the most out of what people have by refreshing and totally updating a tired, dark look!!!

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  10. Love the new light fixture and the chairs, what a difference. I am great fan of having the two chairs at either end stand out as a feature, we have done that in our own home and it really does work. You have done a fantastic job here I am sure they must be so happy.

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  11. Amazing how the wall color, chair fabric makeover, light and accessories totally changed and refreshed this space! You are so good Mary Ann!!

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  12. You are just killing it lately! I feel like I can't get anything finished!!!

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    1. Ha! You make ME look like a slacker, Sherry!

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  13. Another wonderful update! I just love it when you post these! I'm curious to know why you only covered the backs of the host chairs and not the seats?

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    1. we thought that all the chairs were tied in that way in a lighter manner... but either way would be fine. Plus the indoor/outdoor fabric is so cleanable especially with food.

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  14. Beautiful! I am in the process of rethinking my red-traditional dining room. I am ready to repaint the red after many years but I have to keep the table and china cabinet. I always love your ideas!
    Shelley

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  15. Love white dove - my go to color. And love what you've done here - so fresh and beautiful. Cheers

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  16. What a beautiful update: so clean and fresh and light. And the light fixture is really stunning: I look and look for one for our eating area (it's been 3 years now!) and this might...just might...do the trick. So thank you in advance!!!

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  17. Wow! You should really have that space professionally photographed. It looks amazing!

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  18. What a beautiful difference, Mary Ann. It's so much brighter now and I adore the new chandelier! Hope you're having a great start to your week!

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  19. A beautiful before/after that looks effortless and not overdone. Love the warmth of those beams! xox

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  20. another amazing transformation Mary Ann! its so hip and fresh!

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  21. Mary Ann... it looks great! I am so jealous that you have a fireplace in your dining room. It's on my wish list for my next house.

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  22. Hi Mary Ann,
    All so beautiful, question, I notice you use BM White dove paint often and wonder how you compare it to BM Simply White...thoughts?

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  23. Beautiful tables an chairs, it is all what every human being always looks for, help to make home beautiful discover some more at chairthrone because ideas are necessary to make home and office space beautiful which can done by selecting best comfort.

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  24. Beautiful. Borrowing this table decor for our new house!

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