A dining room transformation...

When I started redecorating my dining room, my plan included new wallpaper, a traditional sideboard and china cabinet and a new finish for my old table. As you can see, things didn't quite go according to plan, mostly because I couldn't find the perfect wallpaper and then I fell in love with the beautiful round table above and some other rather country French pieces. But there's something to be said for following your heart, so I adjusted course. And, if I do say so myself, the room turned out beautifully. 
I'm still missing drapes ~ their arrival is imminent ~ and I want a large piece of original art for the wall next to the sideboard. I'm also due to get my mom's antique secretary at Thanksgiving, which will go in the one corner you don't see in these photos. But other than that, the room is done. So, without further ado, here's my redecorated dining room.


The dining room had green walls and was full of boxes needing to be unpacked. You can see my old dining room table and chairs, too.


The room is now a grayish blue with mostly gray and black furniture. The drapes will also be gray, created from fabric I designed to sort of mimic the pattern on the wall. This is the fabric pattern for the drapes:

I found this refinished vintage sideboard at an antique mall in Charlotte. The beautiful black Asian cabinet below is a family piece. For more on how I did the wall stencil behind the sideboard and cabinet, click here.


The dining room was really just a big blank canvas when I started. I love my French doors and hardwood floors ~ they're great building blocks. Through the doorway is the living room (which also still needs drapes as you can see below).


I found my hand-painted dining room table at the same place I found the sideboard and china cabinet (it really was a very good day). The chairs that came with it have seats covered in different colors of the same pattern ~ a pretty, slightly whimsical addition. 
The china cabinet is another old piece that's been refinished. The doors have glass behind the wire to keep the dust out, which I love. And the cabinets at the bottom have silverware drawers in addition to more storage space. I know the china cabinet and sideboard look like they match, but they don't. I actually bought them from different vendors in two different areas of the antique mall, but they coordinate nicely, don't you think? 

Since there is a touch of pink on the Asian cabinet and a little on the table, I am linking to Pink Saturday at How Sweet the Sound. I am also linking to:
Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style
Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life
Home Sweet Home at The Charm of Home

Wishing all of you a beautiful weekend...

Photos by The Art of Living Beautifully


  1. WOW it looks great, love the table and chairs. And the cabinets are so pretty as well. Good job done :)

  2. I like your transformation Eileen. The new table and chairs are unique and the colour of the sideboard is appealing.

  3. Hi Eileen,

    Your new dining room is fantastic! Just love the transformation and the new patterned wallpaper. I invite you to stop and visit me.

  4. Lovely!

    My PINK
    Your comment is always a delight to read, leave me one when you can.
    Have a great weekend.

  5. Doesn't it feel wonderful to have completed a room and love it !
    Happy Pink Saturday.

  6. Eileen, your dining room looks wonderful! I love all of the pieces you have used. Can't wait to see it with the curtains you have designed!

  7. OMG What a wonderful redo. Your finds are fantastic.

  8. It's beautiful and the light is gorgeous.
    Your hard work really paid off. I would love to come to dinner!

  9. I love your dining room redo. The table top is just beautiful and I like how the chairs have different colored seat covers. It's a lovely room you will enjoy especially with the holidays coming up.

  10. Happy Pink Saturday, Eileen. You were right to follow your heart, and you created a lovely room. That table is stunning.

  11. What a gorgeous dining room redo, Eileen--that handpainted tabletop is just amazingly beautiful! Love the grey cabinet and armoire,and the Asian cabinet as well--all so pretty. The rug is also lovely.


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