Room Reveal: Wood-paneled blah to bold blue voila!

I am so excited to finally show you the progress I’ve made in our dining room! When we bought our house a few months ago, we started with a dining room covered in wood paneling and dusty floral curtains. It had potential with the wood floor and a nice wood hutch in the corner, but this was immediately the first room I wanted to make over because I cannot handle eating in wood-paneled blah. I showed you my mood board a while back and now you get to see how it turned out. Here are before and after pictures…

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I ended up painting an accent wall in the bold blue color (Clark & Kensington Artistic Blue) and the other three walls in a light grey (Clark & Kensington Garden Stone). The grey came out lighter than I expected, but it looks bright and clean. I painted right over all of the wood paneling and it turned out great. I made sure to fill in all the nail holes and used a bit of painter’s caulk to fill in any gaps around the edges. I’m really happy with how it turned out. The paint went on smoothly and I like the paneled texture now that it’s covered in nice colors.

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I really like the hutch in the corner. It has great display space and plenty of drawers for storage. I left it as is for now to see how I like the wood, but one day I will probably paint the entire thing. I am going to experiment with adding new knob hardware to the drawers and a colorful, temporary background to the shelves. That might do the trick of livening it up without covering up the wood.

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This room has a nice window that lets in a lot of light in the afternoons. That curtain was a $2.00 find at Goodwill a while back and I already had the curtain rod. The painting of the cityscape is original work from my super artistic sister, Amy. (Check out her Etsy shop.) The painting is a temporary filler on that big wall, since I plan to add a gallery wall of some sort there. I’m just trying to decide what type of gallery wall I want to incorporate–stay tuned for updates!

 

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The trim in this room was all mismatched. Some was a murky white and other pieces were cheap pine. I painted all of the trim in Clark & Kensington Designer White and look forward to slowly painting the rest of the trim in the house to match.

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By the way, I bought that bottle of wine specifically for the cuteness of the label. I’m a sucker for pretty paper. And I figured I couldn’t go wrong with the wine, either 🙂

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Bold Blue Dining Room 12I also have some work to do on the empty wall space above my bar cart area. I am thinking of adding a floating shelf that I can hang wine glasses from, but I may just hang some artwork I already have for now since my goal is to work with what I have rather than buying anything new. The only things I purchased for this makeover was the clock and a couple gallons of paint. The other thing I plan to purchase eventually is a new light fixture. There is currently a builder-grade light in here and I’d love to replace it with something more interesting.

You’ll notice the ugly pine doors in this room – there are two doorways into the room plus the door to our cedar closet. I eventually plan to paint all of the doors in our house a really dark grey, but I want to tackle them all at once. Plus, I’m not convinced I really need doors in this room so I may end up removing them all together.

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I bought these ball vase fillers at Walmart a while back. I had them in a boring bowl and wasn’t really loving them, but I really like how they look here in this fruit bowl. We use the table quite a bit for crafting, paperwork and board games in addition to eating, so it’s nice to have a small centerpiece that’s not in the way and can be moved easily.

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In case you’re wondering, that awesome clock is a Hobby Lobby find from a while back. I bought it before we even put an offer on this house, and it’s been patiently waiting in its box since then. I love how it pops against the blue and adds a focal point to that wall.

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