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)   Remember to pin this post for later!

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. 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. 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! Vintage Wash Nightstand Project Directions: Lightly sand the table with a 80 grit sanding block. Wipe clean with a soft cloth to remove remaining dust. Paint the…
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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. 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. 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. 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. 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! A balayage inspired dresser!? Thirty Eighth Street was inspired by this popular hair color technique.  We absolutely love how this beautiful dresser turned out! 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. 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! So you’d like to paint some…
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Fab Flipping Judges Favorites

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!   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

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. 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…
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Painting with a Centrifugue

Here is my how-to on painting with a centrifuge.  I hope you learn some  great tips and tricks from this tutorial! I finished my Unicorn Spit project a while back, I was excited today when Unicorn Spit shared it on their Face Book page. I had a good time working on this project, but there were a couple of details on painting with the Centrifigue that I left out in my original post. You can read more about it here. These were the colors I used, they are called Dragon’s Belly and Blue Thunder. Love those names!   I finished my table more than once. This photo is of my first attempt which I decided I didn’t really care for, so I flipped the table top over and painted it again. When it was all done, I finished the table top with a coat of Linseed Oil. You can also use hemp oil or Tongue Oil. I happened to have Linseed on hand, so that’s what I used to seal the stain.   This is my make-shift centrifuge. I drilled a hole in the middle of the table and put it on this contraption to paint it. It is comprised of a vice, a giant nail and a couple of washers. The milk crate is just to lift it up higher so it was easier to work with. I have the video ready, it basically shows how to spin the table top and use a steady hand with a paint brush to get the circular effect while the table top spins.  …
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Mid Century Hutch Makeover

  This post is sponsored by DecoArt. Any opinions expressed are completely my own.   I have had this Mid Century Hutch sitting in our garage for the last couple of weeks. I found it at the local thrift shop, and snapped it up immediately despite the fact that it was missing it’s legs. There were a lot of reasons I chose this Mid Century piece, mainly it’s compact size. It’s not to massive that it would be hard to move. I also liked it’s unique character, and rather George Jetson appearance. Something about Mid Century Pieces fascinates me. I don’t know what it is but I get suckered into buying them all the time. An added plus, is that this piece closely matches our dining room table with it’s odd rectangular shapes on the doors. Missing parts do not deter me from anything. In this case, I was able to go next door to the Ace Hardware and buy the perfect legs for $3.00 each. I had spent more than an hour online looking for just the right ones, and I was glad I stopped in at the local store before I ordered them. They were far cheaper at Ace than anywhere else online. I started painting with Deco Art’s Chalky Finish paint. I used Everlasting white on the inside and Treasure blue on the outside. I got about 3/4 of the way finished with the piece and stopped. I didn’t like it. Not at all. I wasn’t sure why, but it just wasn’t what I expected. So, this…
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Milk Crate Fabric Cube

Our family runs a very popular dairy house here in Wisconsin. As a result we have oodles of plastic milk crates laying around. We use them for lots of different things (I think we have had some of them since college!). The crates have been used to store shoes, books, tools, frisbees, sewing supplies etc. We have never used them to sit on, but there is a first time for everything. This is what the usually look like, just waiting to store more stuff. I like to put my gardening shoes in this one out on the porch, but no more! This is what it looks like today. Hard to tell it was once an ordinary milk crate. My husband helped me make this milk crate into a cube that I covered with fabric to use as a stool in our downstairs bathroom. It wasn’t a difficult project, so grab a crate and let’s get started!   For this project you will need: A sturdy plastic milk crate 6 pieces of medium density fiber board, cut into 12″ x 12″ squares 8 pieces of 2″ x 4″, cut into 10″ pieces A box of 3″ screws 4 medium size castors 1 yard 52″ wide home decor fabric 1 bag any size polyester quilt batting Staple gun and staples   Directions: Work with the cube right side up, fit the 2″ x 4″ pieces into each corner of the cube on the INSIDE of the plastic. Screw them in place by attaching the screws right through the plastic crate. You may…
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Red Chalky Finish Dresser

This is a sponsored post. All opinions given are completely my own. Did you watch the horse races this week? American Pharoah was amazing. Our entire family was watching and cheering him across the finish line. It was a great American moment. I am feeling rather patriotic as a result and today I spent my time playing with color, red specifically. It’s so American. Deco Art was kind enough to send me their Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint in red. Romance, they call it. It’s the ultimate shade of lipstick red. I also had Deco Art send me a sampling of different finishing waxes because I wasn’t sure which one would work the best for this project. This old Victorian walnut dresser has been around forever. My mother bought it at an auction for $40.00 back in1967. It’s not a very memorable piece, the Carara marble top is chipped, and the drawers are not even dove tailed. All in all, it’s has more sentimental value than financial value. I have been thinking about painting it for years, and today was the day! The Chalky Finish paint is wonderful to work with. It took two coats of Romance to cover the dark color completely. It sure is a rich color! I experimented with three different shades of wax to use on this piece before I decided on the dark Cire Creme wax. After I painted the first two coats of Chalky Finish Paint on, the color looked rather pink. I was a bit worried at first, but when I applied the…
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Vintage Blue Trunk

  I had a great day today, hunting for treasures. My treasures are not gold, but of the vintage variety. This Vintage Blue Trunk has to be one of my favorite finds of all time.     At first, I wasn’t sure I was going to love the old blue paint. In fact, I toyed with the idea of painting it white, or navy blue. But as I began to put it together with some of my other favorite things, I started to change my mind. I love the worn down paint. I love that it has rust around the hinges. I love the dings and scratches and chips.   When I added some fresh lilacs to the mix, I began to love it even more. Someone even carved their initial “N” into the wood above the lock. I find it charming. I was temped to carve my initial there too, but I didn’t. My kids were watching. That wouldn’t be a good example for them. But, I was really tempted. I even had a jack knife in my pocket. I controlled myself today, but perhaps I won’t tomorrow.   I am going to be spending a lot of time sitting out on this porch this summer.