Even though we’ve found ourselves in the midst of multiple projects (I’m sure many of you can relate!) we have a room to officially cross off the list and mark as “finished!” today! The dining room makeover is officially done. If you’re a regular reader, you probably remember our dining room through the years for it’s can’t-be-mistaken-blue-walls. Today, it’s covered in Sherwin Williams Iron Ore — a dark charcoal/soft, warm black paint and while changes to the room’s furnishings were minimal, the end result is totally different. So, let’s see the before and after!
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Dining Room Makeover: Before & After
Here’s how you may remember our dining room — a snapshot from this past fall…
But today, well, here’s what it’s looking like!
Different, right?! We’ll get into it more further down in the post, but I think the thing I’m most surprised by (and pleased with) is that all the major furnishings are actually the same. Proof that it is possible to give a room a whole new look without tossing everything inside.
Sources: Dining Chairs | Viburnum Centerpiece | Rug (natural; 8’x10′) | Chandelier | Faux Tree | Tree Basket | Reindeer Moss | Lamps | Framed Art Print | Curtain Rod (120″-240″) | Curtain Rings | Foyer Chest | Large Vase | Dining Table – RH (similar)
Why Go from Light and Bright to Sherwin Williams Iron Ore Paint?
I’ve always liked our dining room but the original blue was always brighter than I had intended. I always had a paint-change as a “one day” project, but once we started making significant progress on the conversation room (reveal coming next week!), it was obvious that two rooms that were so vastly different just didn’t coordinate well with one another on opposite sides of the entry. That was all I needed to bump my “someday” project to the top of the priority list.
Sources: Framed Art Print (40″x30″; gilded wood frame) | Dining Chairs | Viburnum Centerpiece | Rug (natural; 8’x10′) | Chandelier | Faux Tree | Tree Basket | Reindeer Moss | Lamps | Framed Art Print | Curtain Rod (120″-240″) | Curtain Rings | Foyer Chest | Large Vase | Dining Table – RH (similar)
While I used Sherwin Williams Tricorn Black on the planked ceiling in the conversation room, I didn’t think I wanted to go quite as black in the dining room. I also didn’t want to totally ditch the traditional vibe in the dining room and it wasn’t in the plan (or budget) to totally abandon the furnishings in the room. But, I did want to go a bit more dramatic. Lucky for me, I thought my current furnishings were conducive to achieving a new look within a similar style — just on the more moody side as opposed to the bright and airy end of the spectrum.
I gravitate toward warmer colors and having had the sample of Sherwin Williams Iron Ore still on hand from earlier sampling, I quickly decided that the dark charcoal/soft, warm black would be the hue I went with. With the previous chair rail and wainscoting on the walls and all the trim across the tray ceiling, I wasn’t sure how much I wanted to paint black. Then, I had an idea — add a second row of taller picture frame molding boxes, stacked to mirror the bottom boxes for a more bold, interesting wall treatment. Then, I painted it all black 😉
As I mentioned, my plan was a new look without all new furnishings. I wanted to marry some of the more traditional pieces with some more organic accents to modernize the look just a bit and to give it a casual edge. While there’s a few formal, glitzy things going on — like the crystal chandelier and the big mirror — I toned it down a little by introducing a few new pieces. Subbing the shorter, glass/crystal stacked base lamps with a pair of THESE cement-style lamps helped set the stage.
And if you love the more natural looking lamps that are hot right now but aren’t sure if they would work in your space, here’s evidence that they aren’t just for modern/boho/natural/casual styled rooms.
Another element that help tone down the formality of the room was THIS chunky wool/jute rug (mine is the 8’x10′, natural). I actually posed the question to readers a while back for input/feedback on personal experience and while responses were all over the place, the majority who had the rug said they loved it. I decided to go for it, fully expecting shedding/initial smells as some of you indicated, but y’all — I guess because this area is so low traffic, not only did we not have an initial smell, but it also hasn’t shed. I’m sure we would shed a while if it was in a busier space in the house, but I’ve been pleased in the best way. A few of you said you didn’t think you would like the jute look in this space and suggested I stick to something more like a traditional oriental rug; I’m glad I went with my gut on this one. Unlike a lot of jute rugs too, this wool blend one is tough (well made) but soft — not scratchy at all.
Something that felt like it was missing from my former dining room — that I thought was necessary as I made the transition to keep the space from seeming too cold — was a little bit of life. I loved the idea of going dark with Sherwin Williams Iron Ore paint, but I also didn’t want it to look like a dungeon. I needed to bring some permanent green into the dining room and not have to depend on fresh plants and florals, so while I will definitely create arrangements for this space, I wanted year-round solutions. I invested in THIS faux green tree — way different than my olive trees, fiddle leaf fig trees, etc. — and it was incredibly easy to fluff. To add a little height, I added towels to the bottom of THIS inexpensive basket (size large), and added some preserved moss on top.
I also splurged on THIS faux snowball centerpiece arrangement. It took a few weeks to arrive as all their florals are custom and made to order, but the arrangement came in a box it was essentially built into, in perfect condition. This is more of a lifetime piece and it’s beautiful in person. You can see more of their snowball arrangements — both bigger and smaller HERE.
Sources: Faux Viburnum Centerpiece
The bar cart that I’ve had for years is totally representative of the room as a whole. While I have an heirloom crystal piece on the bottom tray, it’s filled with natural, faux olive branches. While there’s pretty, gold rimmed wine glasses, there’s also a stack of more rustic driftwood chargers. And the decanter brings it all together with the little wooden stopper. It’s all mashed up into a juxtaposition I love. These are all serveware and tabletop items that actually get used, but are easy to display. Sometimes, you don’t need actual “decor” — you just need to look to your cabinets and inside the depths of your sideboard.
Playing into the theme is THIS piece of modern landscape art c/o Minted. My mom has a piece of art I’ve loved for a long time — passed down in our family — with a windmill and varying shades of green against the hills, framed in gold. I wanted to find something similar and then I found THESE gorgeous pieces by Stephanie Goos Johnson. I had my heart set on THIS print and THIS print to use as a pair as I originally wanted two square/vertical pieces of art for this wall but once I started measuring, I realized between the picture frame molding and the position of the room, the art would land in an odd spot. Luckily, she had THIS beautiful piece in a horizontal configuration and it worked out for the best. I opted for the 40″x30″ in the gilded wood frame, but it comes in options as small as 7″x5″, as large as 54″x40″, and lots of frames/mats. I am crazy about this piece and between that single statement framed art and the wall molding, I decided no other art was needed. Oh, and here’s a little convo room peek 😉
Sources: Framed Art Print (40″x30″; gilded wood frame)
And then, there’s the curtains. Oh, those curtains. (c/o Select Blinds) Again, if you’ve been a reader a while, you may recognize THESE drapes from several other spots in the house, from Eliza’s nursery to the guest bedroom, and with the dining room being the most formal room in the house, I was dying to get a pair for the big set of windows across the front of our house. If there was only one room in the house to get these pretties, I feel like this would be the room to get them for. NOTE: Select Blinds is offering an additional 5% off the lowest sale price right now with code KELLEY HERE! This also applies to their woven shades I’ve shared in my house, too 😉
They’re custom made to your measurements and really the only way to get that dramatic fullness and width — I have always gone with the Linen Weave Vanilla Bean and have been so happy with the result each time. While I use the blackout lining for Eliza’s nursery, I used the standard lining on these. The pleated option comes with metal hooks on the back which work perfectly with my inexpensive go-to rings HERE. The rings come in packs of 14 or 28, have 5 finishes to choose from (mine are the black), and ship free via Prime. I’ve used the gold rings before too, and they are perfect in person.
I’ve always loved the ivory tone of the Linen Weave Vanilla Bean drapes — even against white walls — but there are white curtain options, too. If you’re unsure on colors, you can order free samples under the listing HERE.
I wanted a simple rod with a modern finial and found THIS inexpensive rod on Amazon — I ordered the 120″-240″ option, but it comes in a few colors and sizes. I actually wanted the same rod for my conversation room but they didn’t have the size I needed in stock. I ordered THIS similar rod — a slightly more substantial but more $$$ rod and plan to do a comparison of the two on the blog soon.
I’m so happy with how the dining room came together, making only minimal (but impactful) changes. I’m glad I took a chance on SW Iron Ore as the foundation for the color palette, I’m glad I added the wall molding, and I’m glad that I have a room that is actually clean and done 😉
Sources: Dining Chairs | Viburnum Centerpiece | Rug | Chandelier | Faux Tree | Tree Basket | Reindeer Moss | Lamps | Framed Art Print | Curtain Rod (120″-240″) | Curtain Rings | Foyer Chest | Mirror | Large Cement Vase | Jute Entry Rug | Black Pedestal Planter | Dining Table – RH (similar) | Sideboard – RH
As a quick note, both the entry chest and entry mirror — they’re back in stock — are on sale during today’s annual Way Day. The mirror is listed for $89.99 and the chest is $354.99; both ship free, too!
I’ll be sharing the result of our conversation room makeover next week so if you aren’t already, you can subscribe to emails at the bottom of this post and get the first alert with the before and after goes live!
Room Sources & Details
Paint: Sherwin Williams Iron Ore
Flooring: Nottaway Hickory in Weathered Saddle