Interior Design: Amazing Dining Room Make-Over Before and After

dining room featured 2 copyWe are so excited to have Sarah from Life on Virginia Street sharing her amazing Dining Room Make-Over with us today!  You will not believe the transformation of this space! 🙂

Hello, Pink Peppermint Design readers! I’m Sarah with Life On Virginia Street. I’m an insurance executive by day and a blogger/DIYer/home decor enthusiast by night/weekend/every other waking minute – which means I am constantly working on a project {or five} around our home. I am so flattered that Tammy asked me to join you all today to share a little about our dining room makeover.

The dining room was the very first room I tackled when we moved into our home almost two years ago. I’ve never been one to shy away from bold color, but the original lime green paint didn’t have the look or vibe I wanted for our dining room. Here’s the before from the MLS photo and the after once I got my hands on the space.

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But first, let’s start back at the beginning. Before we even moved into the house, the wheels in my mind were spinning as to how to decorate every room to fit our style. I’d lay awake at night planning out all the projects to be completed. I was so excited for all the potential our new home had! But I also realized I needed to pick one room and complete it from start to finish before trying to tackle every single thing immediately. The green paint was what pushed me towards starting with the dining room first.

A month before the move, I made this very elementary Photoshop mock-up of how new paint could look in the space {along with how our furniture and the drapes I considered ordering would potentially look}. The mock-up was realistic enough to make me realize I loved it. The paint was the exact color I was looking for and the striped linen drapes from Overstock helped to tie the gray from the walls and the cream from the head dining chairs all together.

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The difference in the images above encouraged me to order the paint I had in mind {Restoration Hardware Slate} so it was delivered a day or two after the move. We moved in four days before Christmas, and by Christmas day I was painting.

This was the room a night or two after we moved in – you can see how much brighter the paint became at night under the incandescent bulbs. I knew I had made the right decision to tackle this room first – particularly once I saw our furniture in the space and saw how “off” it felt with the wall color. The green was just too saturated, looking nearly neon, and didn’t coordinate at all with our furniture.

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Once the room was painted it was easy for me to start finalizing everything. I had the mirror from our former master bedroom {originally from Z Gallerie}, I found some amazing Pottery Barn lookalike wine glass racks at Costco and I hung the drapes I had ordered from Overstock. I always love to add some green to a room as well, and preserved boxwoods seem to be my go-to pieces. Since that time, shortly after we moved in, the room hasn’t changed much.

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I love this room because it is surrounded by light on three sides with our covered patio to the left, our side-yard straight ahead, and my favorite element of our house, the courtyard, to the right. The dark paint never feels heavy or moody because this room is filled with an abundance of light and greenery from the natural, outdoor elements {although I am currently contemplating ways to lighten the space up with some white molding so it flows better with the rest of our house}.

I still struggle with a rug for the space and accessorizing the table. I have a much easier time with the “big” items in the overall picture but struggle with the small details that fully finish the room. One day I would love to have an electrician add a box for a chandelier over the table {there are currently four can lights in the room}. But for now, I love how far this room has come! If you are looking for sources for any of the items in this room, I recommend you check out this post.

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Here is the room after I recently added some fall/Thanksgiving flair to the space with some bright fabric {I made the table runners and throw pillows}, a few mini pumpkins, and natural elements I found in our yard. Keep in mind, I don’t have mad tablescape styling skills like Tammy but I was happy with the fairly simple outcome:

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Thank you again to Tammy for inviting me over today and for allowing me to share a part of my home with you! I’d love for you all to stop over to my blog and say hi if you have a chance!

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Thanks so much Sarah for sharing your beautiful space with us today!


Creative Director at Pink Peppermint Design
Tammy Mitchell is the founder and creative director of lifestyle blog Along with being a homeschooling mom of two kiddos, she is also an in-demand prop and event stylist, photographer, interior and graphic designer. On Pink Peppermint Design, she shares creative DIY projects, easy entertaining and gift ideas, inspiring interiors and events. She lives in Southern California, with her husband and two children.

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