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.


Are you still looking for more inspiration? Check out these similar posts:

DIY Sunburst Ceiling Medallion

Top 20 Bathroom Transformations

Budget Curtains for Any Room

Pretty Painted Furniture Roundup

12 Kitchen Tile Backsplashes (That Aren’t All Subway Tile)


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Beautiful Bathroom Tile Roundup

Tile floors have always been a popular choice for the bathroom.  However, just because you bought the house with boring white tile doesn’t mean you have to live with it! Here are a few beautiful bathroom tile choices for any taste and budget.

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Style by Emily Henderson transformed her dark, outdated guest bathroom into a beautiful and bright space. This colorful tile adds just the right amount of interest in an otherwise neutral room.

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Herringbone and marble, is there a more classic combination? Shine Your Light Blog shares some great DIY advice on how to replace your tile for less.

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This bathroom is always so fun to look at.  Christinas Adventures chose to combine three different styles of tile in her shower alone! You’ll definitely want check out all the other fun details she decided to include in her bathroom makeover.

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If the thought of laying tiny tiles is intimidating to you, maybe larger tiles is the way to go! By Brittany Goldwyn explains her decision making process in this informative post.

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Leslie’s daughter was the recipient of this fun bathroom makeover.  The vertical subway tiles are such a unique touch.  Check out the entire process over on Deeply Southern Home.

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Wood flooring is always a favorite choice, although it’s not the best decision for a bathroom. My Life From Home decided to use this wood tile to achieve the same look but with easier upkeep.

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Although you may have purchase a home with boring (or ugly) tile, that doesn’t mean you have to live with it! Domestic Blonde shares some great tips on how to paint the tile you have to save both money and hopefully time.

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These small hexagon tiles are always a favorite.  Refashionably Late decided to use the same tiles for an interest wall to create a beautiful flow and the appearance of a larger bathroom.

Beautiful Bathroom Tile Roundup|Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.comShark Tails shares an excellent option for a quick bathroom makeover. Although she admits that the project was tedious, the results were completely worth it.

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This bathroom is another favorite.  Centsational Style combines multiple patterns of tile to create this beautiful and welcoming room.

What’s your favorite bathroom tile option? We’d love to hear about it!


Still looking for more inspiration?  Check out these other great roundups:

Top 20 Bathroom Transformations

12 Kitchen Tile Backsplashes (That Aren’t All Subway Tile)

15 Fall Porches to Inspire Your Decor

Pretty Painted Furniture Roundup

10 Beautiful Farmhouse Bathroom Remodels to Inspire You



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Rental Before and After


While I am waiting for our next move, I thought it would be fun to revisit a few of our other Rental Before and After renovation projects. Seems like we have had quite a few!

Okay, we have had a LOT!

The Cape Cod Project was the most recent.


One of the first things I tackled was the hideous basement bar. Yikes!



It was so much fun to make a Tiki Bar out of it!


The Closet Home Office was next. It was an under used space and this little office worked great for our son’s homework station.


The dining room had good bones, but was very, very dark.


A fresh coat of paint did wonders! Read about it here.


The upstairs hallway in this house was so dark and narrow it made me claustrophobic. The halls felt so much bigger with fresh paint! Here’s the info on this project.


The downstairs hallway got the same treatment!  I was so glad to leave that home behind, I just never felt comfortable there!


Our previous rental home was great. We loved this house, inside and out. The yard was huge and we spent a lot of time outdoors both in summer and winter. This was in my early blogging days, looking back I have grown so much as a blogger since then!

The house was wonderful, however the pictures, not so much. Be forgiving, okay? I realize now that I don’t post many things from my early blogging days, I just hate most of the photography. Perhaps I am too picky.

Here’s the “before” home tour.

designerssweetspot.comI did only a few interior upgrades to this home, our son’s Teen Bedroom was one of them.


The other fun project was painting removable stripes on our master bedroom wall. Click here to see how I did it!

I loved this bedroom, I can’t wait to paint more stripes in our new location, but this time they can be permanent! You have no idea how exciting that is for me!



Because there wasn’t a lot of things for me to do inside that home, I spent a lot of time outdoors. We had the best garden I’ve ever had at that location, see the full garden tour here.

Hard to believe it’s only been a few years, yet we have accomplished so much! Blogging has become second nature to me, I love it more than ever. I look forward to having lots more things so share at our new location, coming soon!

I am counting down the days, and am super impatient!


Victorian Project Before and After

Our new home, circa 1910.
Our old home, circa 1910.

We are ready to leave our Victorian House behind. Our boxes are packed and we are ready for the move. Just a few more last minute details to work out. We are so excited and impatient!

While we are waiting around for the big day, I thought it would be fun to revisit some of the Before and After projects we have done during our time here at the Victorian House. There have been many Before and After projects, even though we have lived here only a short time.

green bath

Remember the garishly green bathroom? Hard to believe how ugly it was. This is the before photo…..

Bath after

This is the after! It’s amazing what a little paint can do!

Claw Foot Tub

Of course, my mothers fine art collection helped with the transformation. Click here for the complete post.


The next project was to repair the track in the ancient old pocket doors. It was quite a job.


But, the doors are still there, and will work well for the next 100 years. Here’s the post on the entire project.

front bedroom

The two toned bedroom was next. Well, I guess it’s three toned if you count the pink stained carpet. Yuck, yuck, yuck! The before was so irritating to me, I couldn’t wait to paint this room!

Finished faux brick2

This is the after. It makes my heart sad to have to leave this stenciled wall here.

Finished faux brick5

One of my friends suggested we cut out the dry wall and take it with us. Except these walls are plaster. I hope the next tenant appreciates how many hours I spent on this transformation. Read about it here.

front door

I almost forgot about the front door transformation. It was in desperate need of an update.

Front door lead

I still love this blue color. In fact, I think I may use it again in the next house.

dining room

The living room was one of my more recent projects. It’s the yellow room at the far end of this photo.


A little color can do amazing things. Here’s the details on this room.

upstairs parlor

The last transformation was our youngest son’s room. The mothy mauve color was my least favorite in the house.

james room after

It feels like a completely different room now.bunk bed

Here’s the how to on this room.

Can you believe it? So much accomplished in such a little time. No wonder I am tired.

But, I am sure I will be inspired again at our new location.

Details coming soon!

Have a great weekend!

Announcing the New Abode

I can’t believe I am making this announcement. We have a new abode.

We had no intention of moving again, but we are once again in the process.

It’s crazy, we have moved more times than I can count. This time though, we are buying a house.

We have been renting for years, fixing up rentals as we go, making them our home.


We are so excited to finally have a permanent place of our own. We have dreamed and been disappointed so many times. We have faith that this time, our dreams will come true.

I don’t think I could handle another disappointment. It would crush me.

This home has everything we have always wanted, and so much more.

We love the vintage style of this home. It was beautifully staged.


If they would have offered the furnishings for sale with the house, we would have bought them.

My favorite thing about it, is that it has a space for my design studio.

It needs a little work, however.



We have to have at least one renovation project or it won’t be any fun, you know?

It also has a cute little yard, the perfect size for a little garden and chickens. And a sweet wrought iron fence.

It even has a BARN.

But the best thing thing about this home is …….


That it is OURS.