Sunday, September 15, 2013

Dining Room Before and After with a Little Fall Decorating

We have been slowly but surely getting our new home painted and decorated.  I thought it would be fun to share some before and after pictures.

I'll start with the dining room. It's a little embarrassing, but here is the before picture.

We tried to make it look it as nice as possible by adding some plate racks, our freshly painted white dining table, flowers, and such. It just wasn't happening with the awful shade of brown/pink/tan paint on the walls. It was such a cave in there I couldn't even get a clear photo.

So over the last couple months we accumulated a few more pieces of furniture and accessories, but it just wasn't looking nice with that paint. We spent weeks mulling over every shade of cream and white paint swatches to find the perfect color. I knew I wanted something neutral because the room has 13 foot tall ceilings so painting the room was a one shot deal. Finally we decided on "Camembert" by Behr.

After painting everything started came together. Are you ready to see the after? Are you sure?

Tah dah! Here is the newly painted dining room all decked out for Fall!

The buffet in the back is probably my favorite piece ever. We found it at the corner of the street on the tree lawn waiting to be brought to the dumpster.I couldn't believe it, I ran up the street inspected it and fell in love. Other than a few glow in the dark star stickers and scratches it was perfect. Luckily it had wheels on it so we just wheeled it home. What luck! A beautiful wood buffet for free!

I am absolutely loving this room. It is so cozy and welcoming. It was totally worth all those sleepless nights trying to decide on paint colors and furniture placement.

I'm a sucker for side by side before and after pictures, so here's a quick one.

Next I'll be sharing the living room which is technically in the same room as the dining room. Talk to you soon!


  1. Oh, wauw! It'such a beautiful warm room now! Love your fall-decoration. I like the plates in the before-photo, but I must admit this is a positive change.

    xx Margriet

  2. Hi Becky,

    You've really done a great job. So clear now if you compare it with the dark pink (before).
    Good going.

    Your pumpkins are adorable and I especially like your flagline.
    (Going to keep it in the back of my mind for later ond)
    Am I an absolute sucker for guirlandes.
    Check it out here:

    and here:

    Have a nice evening

    Brigitte from Belgium

  3. Its so much "warmer", you new dining room. Thats what we need in winter:)

  4. Wow, what a difference! It looks great. And you really scored with that buffet. I'm looking forward to seeing another transformation:)

  5. Such an amazing transformation and a bit of thrifting too! It looks wonderful and so cosy especially with the Fall colours. Brilliant! Chel x

  6. What a transformation! Gosh, it just has such a cozy and homey feel to it with the right colors and decoration! (And I'm just as addicted to side-by-side pics as you...) Well done, and I can't wait to see the next room - but you do realize that we're all going to want to see this same photo decked out for Christmas, for Valentine's, Easter... ;-) Chrissie x

  7. Hello Becky

    Incredible!!! What a difference. It just does not look the same room at all. The colour of the walls is just perfect. I feel sure you think it was worth the wait. The sideboard was a lucky find ....fancy someone wanting to throw that away. In all a very inviting room!

    keep well

    Amanda :-)

  8. Love seeing the before and after! Everything has come together beautifully, enjoy it x

  9. Oh my gosh it doesn't even look like the same room! So wonderful you could rescue the buffet:)
    Doesn't it drive you almost crazy to pick the perfect creamy white?!
    Looking forward to seeing the other side!

    Jenn @JennsCraftyWorld

  10. Just wanted to say the room looks great....

  11. Lovely, as usual! Love the bunting. Is it a printable??

  12. You have done a great job it is a lovely room.

  13. just found your blog and had to read it from the start love it and now I am a follower here and on instagram.thanks for inspiring me to get my wool out again-love dee x

  14. Nice! I think fall colors make everything look better. I just love the warmth. Love your decorations.

  15. Wow!!!! Such a difference from before to now!!!! Good work!
    xxxxx Ale

  16. Oh my goodness!! Looks so awesome!! I love before and afters ;) very cozy indeed!

  17. Your transformation is amazing.

  18. wow!! what an amazing transformation and so festive and cosy looking!
    I love this time of the year

  19. have set me in mind to decorate for Fall :)

  20. Great redecorating. The right paint and accessories make all the difference. Isn't that true about dressing even ourselves.

  21. I love the dining room makeover--so festive!