Dining Room Makeover Part one: Inspiration


I like to make old new again and mix it with some new quality pieces when it comes to furniture. Although many of my friends have fully coordinated sets in many rooms I just couldn’t decide on a one time put it together look. I needed inspiration and to pick a room that we could sit in, look at and use. The dining room.

My inspiration came from a few places: the LDS Temples, a friends use of glass and chandeliers, Restoration hardware and this picture from a Better Homes and Gardens magazine article on a Interior Designer’s home.


So what did I have…… a china cabinet that we got free, a amoire at a yard sale, the original colonial style brass chandelier and some very nice chairs from a dining set given to us by my husbnads cousin. All mismatched which usually is in fashion but I am talking dark cherry and orange/brown polyurethane covered pieces. the first step was to order my table and bench. I searched and searched an then I found it. A very 10 foot reclaimed wood table from Arhaus with a coordinating church pew style bench.


Then the other pieces….

Kind of hard to tell but trust me this mismatch was not desired by me at least. So I replaced the chandelier and added some curtains.

Then decided to refinish the china cabinet. It had a very country feel so I took my Dremel tool and took off the curvy pieces. Removed the doors and began to sand away.img_4945

But as you can see here that did not work – it was just too stained and I just ended up inhaling polyurethane. So I purchased some chalky paint in color plaster white. It took about three coats with a final of wax which mercifully gave it a cracked aged look. Then I used my mouse sander and distressed the edges and changed some hardware. img_5678

The result……

A friend had another inspiration piece which I ordered from a Sister in another Church ward. She painted this gorgeous LDS DC Temple picture which further confirmed the look coming together.


Next up….. Chair make over and new pieces to refinish!!!!!!! Stay tuned for Part Two.

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