10 Dining Room Transformations

Dining rooms are a gathering place for many families. You create memories there that can last a lifetime.  If you’re looking to transform your dining room, here are some rooms to inspire you! 


Hopefully you’ve found some inspiration for you next dining room transformation. It can range anywhere from a simple paint change to a full room renovation.


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Vintage Wash Nightstand Stunning Before and After

Repurposing old furniture is an inexpensive way to get high quality furniture at a great price. This nightstand redo will have you looking twice at all those old wooden pieces in your house! This post is sponsored by Joann Fabrics and Deco Art. Any opinions given are completely my own.

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After Vintage Wash photo

Nothing gets my creative juices flowing more than a good painting project! This thrifted nightstand is part of our bedroom furniture. I purchased it at a garage sale for $35.00 a couple of years ago. It is a high quality piece of furniture, definitely worth putting some time and effort into preserving.

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The “before” nightstand was originally very dark wood.

I love furniture pieces with great storage. You can never have enough storage! This little table has both drawer and shelve storage. We keep extra bedding and blankets in the bottom shelves of it and store miscellaneous clutter in the drawer. The clean lines of this table are what attracted me to it, I am not one for a lot of fussy details. Although the wood was in fairly good condition, it was definitely in need of a new look and I was pleased when Deco Art asked me to try their new Vintage Effect Wash product. This was a great opportunity!

I started with a grey tone base, then added the Vintage Wash on top for a beautiful vintage patina. Here’s how you can recreate this look on your own!

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Nightstand with Chalky finish paint

Vintage Wash Nightstand Project Directions:

  1. Lightly sand the table with a 80 grit sanding block. Wipe clean with a soft cloth to remove remaining dust.
  2. Paint the first coat with Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint in Primitive (light grey). Let dry.Vintage Wash Nightstand|Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.com
  3.  Paint again with Deco Art Vintage Effect Wash in White. The Primitive grey tone becomes a softer shade with the wash coating on top. You can add more coats of Vintage Wash until you reach the desired vintage look.
  4. Enjoy!I didn’t replace the hardware on this piece, but left it just as it was. I like the worn brass look of it. Don’t forget to Pin this post! Thanks to Deco Art and Joann Fabrics for sponsoring!


Pretty Painted Furniture Roundup

We all get antsy with our decor, but not all of us can afford to go out and purchase something new.  Painted furniture is a pretty great way to change things up for a new style while releasing some of your creative energy.

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Painting furniture is one of my favorite things to do! This dresser has been in my family for years, I love it but it needed a makeover.  You can check out the before and after photos on my blog Designers Sweet Spot.

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Most would agree that painting is great, but the prep work can be a chore! Julie Blanner shares a great way to skip the sanding and achieve the same results.

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Not everyone appreciates a bright piece of furniture in their home.  This charcoal dresser from Farm Fresh Homestead perfectly accented this beautiful farmhouse living room.

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The precise lines on this chair really make the colors pop! Hilda Got Rocks does an excellent job demonstrating the power of paint and tape.  Think of the possibilities here!

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A balayage inspired dresser!? Thirty Eighth Street was inspired by this popular hair color technique.  We absolutely love how this beautiful dresser turned out!

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The Graphics Fairy has an excellent explanation of how to create this jewel tone finish on furniture.  You’ll never believe what this table looked like before it’s fabulous makeover.

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Stenciling is also a fun way to add interest to your furniture.  Here is one of my most recent furniture makeovers.  Designers Sweet Spot has all my tips + tricks as well as photos to explain how I created this fun dresser!

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So you’d like to paint some furniture, but you don’t have the patience? In My Own Style created this colorful chairs using spray paint! She also includes her advice on choosing which brand and colors to use, very helpful.

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Here is another transformation that demonstrates the ability to add a bit of color without going overboard.  We love the herringbone pattern and colors Lovely Etc. chose for this project.
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I have a confession.  I have a problem with painting furniture.  Once I finish one project, I start thinking of the next project I’d like to tackle! This is the last piece I will share from Designers Sweet Spot in this article, but I’m sure you’d be able to find at least a few more on my blog if you took a look around.

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Not everyone would be as brave as Prodigal Pieces.  This dresser  was qualified as junk before its makeover, I bet the previous owner is regretting that now! Its crazy how a little paint and a lot of creativity can completely change a piece of furniture.

Are you a fan of painting your furniture? We’d love to see what you’ve done using your creativity and a bit of paint.

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Fab Flipping Judges Favorites

finished unicorn spit table painted with a centrifuge by www.designerssweetspot.com

Hello friends! I have some exciting news to share!

Remember my project from last summer where I painted a little table with Unicorn Spit?

My little Centrifuge Painted Table has been selected as one of the judges favorites for the December Fab Flipping Contest!

I am so excited!


2015 Favorites&Reader Giveaway

This month, the contest is a little bit different. There will be several winners selected from the judges favorites from the contest entries over several months.

The biggest difference is that you, the reader, gets to decide who wins!

How much fun is that? There are some great projects here to inspire you!

On top of it, they have some great prizes for readers as well.

Stop on over to this website to enter! (And if you want to vote for me while you are there, that would be great!)

Have a great day!


Living Room Revealed

teal couch

I have been meaning to share this for a while. We have finished our living room! It was a major accomplishment as far as things go.

Lots of paint, lots of patience went into creating this room.

dining room

Remember the before? The living room is a very small room, at the front of the house. You can see it in the distance here. Even the dining room is bigger, which is where this photo was taken. The yellow color of the room was dingy and dirty and the ratty dark woodwork made it seem even smaller. There wasn’t really anything else worth taking pictures of in there.


We painted the walls a pale grey, it’s the same color we used in our Bathroom Project a while ago.  Something about this neutral color makes every thing else stand out. Even the old floors look better against it. The woodwork also got a fresh coat of creamy white paint too. Both paints were from Clark and Kensington.

The new look really makes our teal couch stand out. We haven’t bought a new piece of furniture since 1993. I kid you not. This couch MADE ME BUY. Honestly, it did. Normally I am not such a sucker for newness. I was completely held captive by it’s teal color and new charm.

The couch came from Ashley Furniture. The manufacturer is England. I can’t tell you how wonderful it is to sit on. It is so soft and comfortable, we just love it. I hope it lasts forever.

I also love that the L shape fits so nicely into the corner of our tiny living room. We tried having two sofa’s in this room. It didn’t work. They were jammed from wall to wall and were just too big for the overall size of the space. Now, we even have room for a couple of side tables.

side tables side tables2

These little side tables were a garage sale find. I still haven’t decided if I should paint them or not. What do you think? I love painted furniture, but in this room, the wood tones add contrast and I am just not sure I want to give that up.

I love my little plastic bonsai tree. It came from TJ Maxx, and I paid $3.00 for it. It was missing it’s pot. I found a low, wide bowl at the thrift store and glued it in place. Then filled the rest of the basin with river rocks. Problem solved. I would still love a real bonsai some day, but for now this will have to do.


The far corner of this room has my grandmother’s drop leaf dining table in it. Along with my Nailhead Pumpkins, and my Salad Bowl Mirrors. The gold frame came from the trash heap down the street, and the lamp was another thrift store find.

I honestly don’t know what I would do without the thrift store.

Or the trash heap.


There are a few spots in this room that still need some work. I haven’t decided what to put in this corner above the couch. Shelves, perhaps?

I would also like to do something different with the drapery. However, I am slow to make drastic decisions.

The colorful wool pillow was one of my recent projects, if you missed it you can see the tutorial here.

knitting corner

I have to post this picture for my friend. She has a corner in her living room that looks just like this one, where she knits and works on projects. It makes me laugh, we are such kindred spirits. I find that we can’t give up our favorite leather chair, it was a garage sale score, and we still love it. Someday I will get more organized, but for now this is my little work space, as unattractive and disorganized as it may seem.

The picture above the chair came all the way from London and was a gift from my mother.

All for now!