The Dining Room (An Easy One)

Our dining room was probably the most low-maintenance makeover in the whole house. And since that was the one room I instantly had a color for, it was the first room to get a fresh coat of paint. The color of choice — Storm. A Benjamin Moore color from the Pottery Barn Winter 2010 collection.

Benjamin Moore — Storm

Of course, since I’ve had to buy about 12 cans of paint so far, I saved money and bought the Behr color-match version from Home Depot. It looks pretty gray, right? Well, up on the walls it definitely projected more of a bluish tone, but I still loved it.

The first time we saw the house, there was a bed in the dining room (the previous owners were older, and after living in the home for over 50 years,  had difficulty using the steps every night). Luckily, I am a fairly visual person, and had no problems imagining our dining room table placed beneath that sparkly crystal chandelier. And now, here is the dining room…after the bed — before the fresh coat of Storm.


The flowers to the left were the ones sent by the previous owners. The door to the right — reveals the scary sight of our kitchen in the midst of wallpaper removal.

The messy room through the door in this shot is the den.

Before the paint was even up, I loved the pretty chandelier, the gorgeous hardwood floors, the molding on the floor and the ceiling and the deep, deep windowsills. But, with a fresh coat of paint, the chandelier now sparkles, the hardwood floors are  more noticeable and that molding really, really pops.


You might have noticed the ceilings in the above shot. They’ll be repainted soon, too…

Still on the “To Do” list for this room:

And…get a new camera that does these “before & afters” some justice


So, that’s it! Nothing too dramatic in this room, and still some touches to be made, but at least it’s a start!



More before and afters to come!



Filed under before and after, cottage, decorating, DIY, painting, remodel, the great indoors

6 responses to “The Dining Room (An Easy One)

  1. Love it!! Really makes a difference! I like your table – i think it looks great in the room. Are you wanting one that is bigger or a different color?

    • No, that table is really, really cheap. It’s from my old condo. We want to eventually get a nice, solid wood one. I think my mom bought it for $60 on clearance. And the chairs? They’re from Kmart. It all used to be light pine, and my mom and I painted them black like 4 years ago.

  2. Great job on the dining room!!! I subscribe to your blog so I can see the pics of kitchen cabinets….I always love inspiration!!!!

  3. Erin K.

    Love the grey!!! Looks great! ….Now….when’s the dinner party :) LOL :)
    All in due time…

  4. I love the paint color. My husband and I have been thinking about switching out dining room and our family room. They are about the same size, but the family room has a fireplace in it. We just finished our basement so we use that as our family room now. Anyways, I’ve been thinking about using a similar color on the walls if we do end up switching the rooms. I’m going to subscribe to your blog so I can follow along on your remodel.

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