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Transforming My Dining Room

Transforming My Dining Room

In terms of design, the dining room has been one of the biggest challenges. I tweak and tweak, and something always seems off. As of lately,  I think I am finally getting closer to a finished product and praise the Lord for this revelation!

Lets take a look at the original state of the room when we purchased the home.


Beautiful wallpaper and hunter green paint below the chair railing with a stunning textured ceiling. . Im sure she was a beauty in the nineties.

diy cheap dining room makeover

Fast forward to 2015. Yes, I realize I am missing a candle on one of my sconces. Welcome to life with kids, folks! Can’t have anything. Being pregnant, I decided to proceed and really forgot all about that missing candle. Hey, it adds character. Right?

Just a warning….if you are looking for Martha Stewart type perfection, you have come to the wrong site. No nitpicking here!

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Moving along. We painted the walls and trim, replaced the light fixtures and covered the textured ceiling with beadboard. We (meaning my husband) also installed molding. To read how we covered the ceilings with beadboard planks, read my tutorial here.

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metal dining chairs

The vibe for the dining room was initially formal and contemporary. I had nice, matching upholstered chairs for every seat at the table.

Then, I got knocked up and had a baby boy. Reality set in…white upholstery is not such a great idea with crumb snatchers present. So, I decided to switch out some of the upholstered chairs for the vintage metal chairs. That way I didn’t have to worry about grimy little handprints on the kids’ designated chairs.

This dining room has many coastal elements but also rustic accents and earthy textures. Hell, I even decided to throw in some Art Deco with the mirrored console table.

I am torn over my love of all things coastal – I don’t want to come across as too themey and also would like to stay true to my surroundings. Unfortunately, I do not live near the ocean. This is where my love for rustic elements comes in handy.

mirrored furniture

I am a crazy contradiction of rustic and glam…coastal and rustic. I try to blend the elements as best as I can.

rustic modern dining room

mother of pearl lamps

transitional decor interior design

Bottom lines is that I don’t worry about the technicalities of interior design.  To hell with the rules. This is my canvas and I will paint it as I freakin’ please.

transitional dining room

Don’t you dare tell me I cannot mix reclaimed wood with Deco, mirrored decor.


Light Fixture – West Elm Large Rectangle Hanging Capiz, White
Table – Rooms to Go
Mother of Pearl Lamps – Ross
Silver Lamp- Homegoods
Mirror- Homegoods
Curtains- Homegoods
Rug- Target
Sconces- Hobby Lobby
Wall Paint- Sherwin Williams Passive
Mirrored Console Table – Homegoods
Mother of Pearl Vase – Homegoods


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My journey in interior design and home improvement began with transforming my first fixer-upper home, all while managing a budget and raising two young boys. My work, a reflection of my passion for creating beautiful, uplifting spaces, has been recognized by top publications like Better Homes and Gardens Magazine, HGTV, and more. I invite you to explore my site and witness the transformation of my home and the vibes we've designed.Read more...


Tuesday 8th of December 2015

I love your room and your blog. Could you tell me where you got the chairs in your dining room? Thanks!

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Tuesday 8th of December 2015

Thanks, Judy. If you are talking about the metal chairs. I bought them from a local store a few years ago and painted them that color. They were silver when i bought them. I plan on doing a tutorial on how I painted them.


Friday 27th of November 2015

Can you tell me more about the bead board ceiling? Did it go right on the Sheetrock with texture and all? Was it real bead board or 4x8 sheets? Although hunter green remains one of my favorite colors?, I have to say this is amazingly!,,

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Friday 27th of November 2015

Hi Sandra. We used beadboard tongue and groove planking. We had to find the stud in the sheetrock before nailing it to ceiling. I am going to work on getting the full tutorial up within this coming week.

Alicia | A Burst of Beautiful

Friday 20th of November 2015

Hi Erica, You've done such an amazing job with your dining room and living room transformations, and the kitchen progress. You have an amazing eye for design! Thank you so much for linking up at Create • Share • Inspire and we hope to see you back this week! xo

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Friday 20th of November 2015

That means so much to me coming from you , Alicia. Your work is stunning!!!

Amy | Home Remedies

Tuesday 17th of November 2015

So pretty! I love the color palette you chose, and your furniture choice is perfect!

cassie @ primitive & proper

Sunday 15th of November 2015

gorgeous! i love the aqua and the relaxed feel of the room!

Designing Vibes

Sunday 15th of November 2015

Thank you so much, Cassie. I really appreciate the sweet feedback.