Dining room makeover for $28.99.



Dining room makeover


I used to love my dining room.  However lately I’m really craving peace and quiet and my house seems to be screaming at me.  So much pattern and color EVERYWHERE!  I have lots of artwork that I have collected over the years.  My artwork and colored walls and patterned window treatments are just toooooo much.  Since painting most of my walls grey, my artwork is no longer competing with the once colored walls.  Changing out a few colorful printed window treatments for solid white and solid linen has really calmed the rooms.  I want my artwork to be the focus not the walls or the window treatments.

Dining room makeover


Why did I have two random tree branches in the corner of my dining room!?  I remember the day my husband drove up and I was painting that branch blue.  He just shook his head and went inside.  See that cabinet?  If my kids brought something home that they made it went in there!  Too cluttered and it hurts my eyes!  Time to declutter!

Dining room makeover


Yep these Christmas trees stayed out year round.  Woooo that is a lot of stuff going on in that one little corner.  No wonder I have a hard time concentrating, my eyes are too busy darting all over place.

TIme to chill out my dining room and make it stop screaming at me.

DSC02579 First I found some great fabric at Tony’s Fabric, a local fabric shop that has all fabric 50% off right now.  Two yards for $28.99, pricey but I loved it!  I wanted enough to cover this bench and make a couple of pillows.

DSC02581 To make a simple square pillow, cut out a front and back square.  My squares were 16.5 inches by 16.5 inches.  I don’t know why I went with 16.5, but it sounded good.

DSC02583 Sew rights sides together leaving a 4 inch hole at the bottom.

DSC02585 Cut off excess corners.

DSC02588 Turn inside out and press.  Top stitch all around leaving the 4 inch hole.

DSC02592 Stuff those pillows!  I use stuffing from pillows we no longer use.  I also use left over batting my sweet neighbor brings me from her quilting group.

DSC02593 Warning bad tattoo story…..So I wanted a tattoo when I was 18 and went into the dirtiest scariest tattoo parlor we could find in the middle of nowhere in the mountains of southwest Virginia.  They were closing in 10 minutes so I had to hurry up and pick out something.  First of all why was I out late enough that I was shutting down a tattoo parlor?  Second hurry up and pick out something that will be on my body for the rest of my life!?!?!?  Maybe not the brightest 18 year old.  Naturally I picked a lizard because I HATEEEEE lizards!!!!  Like I am scared to death of those darting little buggers.  They should all be killed.  A mass lizard murderer I could be.  So yeah I got one tattooed on my toe.  Now it’s all faded and old so I just tell anyone who asks that it’s a grass stain.

So back to the dining room makeover.  One of the many things I have learned at my new awesome job at the redesign company is Christina’s gallery wall trick.  Ok are you ready!?!?  Here it comes…..she lays everything out on the floor first, THEN one at a time hangs it up!!  Genius!!!  I was just nailing 9 thousand holes in the wall trying it out as I went!!!



My calm peaceful dining room!  I decided to keep my doors after all!  I still need to do something about that green table but for now it will be just fine.






DSC02624 Plates and bowls from my kitchen.

DSC02625 I kept a few of my favorite kid’s crafts and the rest went up in the attic.


??????????????????????????????? Before

DSC02633 After

I might just try cookin up something special so we can eat in the dining room tonight!!!  However that would require me to cook so scratch that.

xoxoxo Angela

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20 Responses to Dining room makeover for $28.99.

  1. Dana at Happy Little Lovelies July 17, 2013 at 8:17 pm #

    ooh! definitely a big difference. somehow the symmetry of the doors and shutters placed the same way helps my eyes to rest too. and I can totally relate….lots of pattern and color in my house and I’m craving calm. I’ve thought about just focusing on my bedroom being peaceful and maybe I can keep enjoying the happy in all the other rooms? we’ll see. :)

    • angela July 18, 2013 at 1:58 pm #

      Hi Dana!
      Yeah we will see how long it takes before I’m adding all sorts of pattern and color again!! Hahaha!
      Lots of love

  2. Meg July 17, 2013 at 10:42 pm #

    Looks very lovely and soothing. And your tattoo story is hilarious!

    • angela July 18, 2013 at 1:56 pm #

      Hahahaha! I woke up in the middle of the night and was like, did I really share that stupid tattoo story?!?!?
      Glad it made you laugh!

  3. Pam W. July 17, 2013 at 11:42 pm #

    It looks beautiful Angela! But then, I thought it looked beautiful before as well.

    • angela July 18, 2013 at 1:55 pm #

      Thanks Pam!! I just love to move things around and calming everything down has been my main focus!
      Lots of love

  4. kristen July 17, 2013 at 11:50 pm #

    LOVE it!!! Is that framed fabric over your cream hutch?

    • angela July 18, 2013 at 1:54 pm #

      Yes!!! Framed a favorite piece of fabric with a frame my friend gave me!!!

  5. Maria July 18, 2013 at 12:03 am #

    It really looks great!! It’s pretty either way, but it is a lot softer with the toned down colors – good for a little change! I love your way of art!! Wonderful!

    • angela July 18, 2013 at 1:52 pm #

      Thanks Maria! Yes sometimes we don’t need
      to go out and buy new things, just changing things around is all the boost we need to jazz up our home!

  6. Janet July 18, 2013 at 12:48 am #

    Very nicely done. That fabric is definitely worth its price!! Soothing place now.

    • angela July 18, 2013 at 12:25 pm #

      Yes Janet!
      Soothing is the perfect word!

  7. Libby July 18, 2013 at 12:23 pm #

    I love how you use small pieces of artwork mixed in with your bowls and other items – I love to do that too! :)

    • angela July 18, 2013 at 12:25 pm #

      Thanks Libby!
      I wish I had more white bowls and plates but I like the artwork too! Using what you have can be fun!

  8. Brenna@DomesticCharm July 18, 2013 at 1:58 pm #

    I love that fabric!!!! And, if you ever happen to come upon some windows like the diamond pattern ones leaning against the wall, I would like to be on speed dial! I loooooove them!!!!!

    • angela July 18, 2013 at 2:10 pm #

      Hey girl!!! I gotta say I am not 100% happy with the set up!! Trying to figure what else I could put beside the china cabinet! If you are really interested in the doors make me an offer!!!!

  9. christina britt lewis July 20, 2013 at 2:45 am #

    um…FABULOUS! and THANK YOU FOR THE SHOUT OUT! you are so much fun and so crazy talented. it’s hard to imagine the S wall without THAT S ;-) so grateful for you. xoxox…

  10. Jennifer Humphrey July 24, 2013 at 2:39 am #

    Hey! Voting for mantle #2. They all look great! Can you come over?

  11. Lara August 17, 2013 at 2:39 am #

    Well, it looks gorgeous, of course, but from what I’ve seen of your website, everything you do looks gorgeous! I noticed that the old wooden chair that you had added fabric to has less fabric then when I first saw it — seems like you originally had fabric on the seat as well as on the top part of the back? Do you mind me asking if you took that off the top and, if so, why? I have two very similar chairs that I was thinking I would do the same to after I saw yours, but if it’s not working for you for some reason, that would be valuable information. Also, did you just use mod podge to put that fabric on there? Any info would be most valuable, before I wade in and mess everything up…thank you! Adore your website!

    • angela August 17, 2013 at 12:40 pm #

      Wow Lara!!! You are good!! Yes the fabric is just Mod Podged on the wooden chair! I pulled the top fabric off when I was trying to calm the room. I almost pulled the bottom part off but I just couldn’t bring myself to do it!! It wasn’t easy to pull off but with a little pull here and there it should come off!

      Thanks girl!!! Hope this helps!!!

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