Dining Room Done-Over

Happy Sunday Everyone! As promised, here is the reveal of my “Dining Room Do-Over”! It took almost two weeks to complete and now it’s finished! The room is much lighter and brighter than it was. Nicole, my painter, was wonderful to work with. She achieved the look I had envisioned brilliantly! She softened the stripes just right and now the room reflects the romantic feeling I wanted.

I didn’t change the furniture, window treatments and wall prints. They stayed the same. Instead, I added a few items and accessories to the room to further enhance the transformation.
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Above the rose wall prints and again on the back wall I hung plates. They give the area more interest. Plates make great accessories for walls when you need to fill spaces that seem rather bare. These white plates have an antique look that blends in nicely with the decor.

This sideboard is actually an unused dresser. A glass company fit a piece of glass over the top to protect it. I like to use glass over tops as protection, because you can still see the top through it. I added the etagere, seen here, for interest and function. When I have company over for a dinner party, the etagere can be used as a serving piece. But for now, I’m using it as a display.

I filled a ceramic pot with lovely faux white Hydrangeas for my centerpiece. The lanterns and the Hydrangeas were bought at Pier 1 Imports. The lanterns happened to be on clearance which was wonderful! My husband and I went on a little tour to some of Connecticut’s Pier 1 Imports (3 to be exact), to find the amounts I needed in time for my reveal. (He even treated me to a nice dinner at one of our favorite restaurants at the end of our search.)
An electric fireplace that I had in my bedroom replaced a buffet. The buffet is now in the foyer right off the dining room and can still be used there, if needed.DSC_0160

Here is the buffet in the foyer…
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I always wanted a fireplace in the dining room. This one fits beautifully! The mirror over it adds height and charm. The mirror was originally here over the buffet, but works even better now over the fireplace.

As pieces were being moved around, this Thomas Kinkade painting found it’s way into the corner of the dining room. It’s a whimsical accessory that adds fun to a relatively formal room. It’s my unexpected item! DSC_0009

This serving cart fits here nicely. I had it where the Thomas Kinkade painting is now. It’s a great piece that expands open when the sides are lifted up. I like to use it for my tea display.

Here’s a look back at what it was like…and now how it’s changed!

Thanks for visiting today to see my dining room renovation! It was fun posting the changes on a day-to-day basis. Now that this one’s complete, it’s on to the next change! Well, maybe not quite yet, but soon. I just have to convince Mr. Lovely Livings!

Have a Lovely Sunday!
LuAnn πŸ˜‰


  1. Your dining room is absolutely beautiful. I LOVE the centerpiece on the table filled with white flowers and the stripes on the wall. What a difference from the before. What a wonderful job!!!!

  2. LuAnn, your dining room looks lovely and I love all the changes you have made. You’re inspiring me to tackle my dining room!

    1. Thank you Helen! You should go for the change! It’s such a good feeling to change after so many years! I can’t wait to decorate it and use it for the holidays! Thanks for stopping by today!
      LuAnn πŸ˜‰

  3. What a beautiful transformation!! Love the subdued wall stripes and the new use for your dresser ( I used a similar dresser in our den). Know you will get so much enjoyment from your newly revised room.

    1. Hi Bobbi! I can’t wait to decorate it and use it during the holidays!
      I feel you can use any furniture piece anywhere. Sometimes it makes a design all the more creative and unexpected!
      Thank so much for your lovely comments and your visit today!

  4. Hi, again. Was just looking at your sidebar posts and was delighted to see that you and I have the same peacock/peahen with game birds picture. Don’t you just love it, with it’s old world charm?

    1. Hi Bobbi! That’s my favorite painting! When I found it at an Ethan Allen store years ago I knew it would be perfect over my fireplace, and has stayed there since. Yes, the old world charm is what sold me on it!
      Thank you again for visiting my blog today!
      LuAnn πŸ˜‰

  5. Oh wow, what a gorgeous room. I love every detail. Thanks for linking to Inspire Me.

  6. Very pretty! Mr. Sweetladyelaine just finished painting our living room and dining room. I haven’t hung up any pictures yet. Your room gave me inspiration! I really like the stripes and plates hung above the pictures! I do believe that a little paint can make a difference. It sure does in your dining room! Thanks so much for sharing!
    Blessings My Friend,

    1. Thank you Elaine for the lovely comment. I do agree that a little paint goes a long way! It changes the whole mood of a room. Thanks for the visit today! Good luck with your living and dining rooms!
      LuAnn πŸ˜‰

  7. That is a nice looking dining room. And does have that romantic formal feeling to it! πŸ™‚

    Swinging over from Life of the Party!

  8. Beautiful dining room. Thank you for sharing this post at City of Creative Dream’s City of Links last Friday! I appreciate you taking the time to party with me. Hope to see you again this week πŸ™‚

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