Dining Room Mini-Reveal (Before & After)

Dining Room Corner After

Dining Room Chair After

I hope you all had lovely Thanksgiving weekend! Ours was supremely relaxing, and for that I am additionally thankful.

As you may recall, I had been trying to make over my entire dining room before Thanksgiving, calling it the “Countdown to Thanksgiving” project.

I didn’t make it.

BUT, I did make quite a bit of progress, and I had just a few moments to snap a couple of pictures of the table set for our family Thanksgiving dinner. It was a dark, rainy day, so the light isn’t great, but hopefully you can get the basic idea.

I don’t know if you remember, but this corner was really dominated by the big, monolithic, grey faux stone wall. It was cool, but it was So. Very. Dark. We live in the Pacific Northwest, so though we’re not as far north as, say, Scandinavia, because of the cloud cover we might as well be. I need every scrap of light I can get.

Here’s the before, in all it’s glory.

Dining Room Corner Before

Wow. I can’t believe we actually lived with that for so long.

And now, drumroll…. here’s the after-for-now:

Dining Room Corner After

Big grey wall? Gone! I covered it up! Not with paint, with plaster! I love how it looks like some old wall in a loft or something. I had thought it would be quick and easy, but it ended up taking several days and over 50 pounds of plaster (and some help from friends, family, children… seriously, I was conscripting people over here). But I love the way it turned out and I’m planning to do the front, too.

We also painted (yes, painted) one of those pink chairs to try that (it worked!), threw some stuff on the wall so it didn’t look barren, and brought my old reclaimed door inside and threw some aqua paint on it to try that out. And of course, you already know about how I tore out the stone planter. No more laundry basket safety feature needed! :-)

I’m still working on it, but already it’s so much brighter that I feel like I might actually make it through the winter with all of my sanity intact!

Dining Room Corner After

Yep, even with all the imperfections and things I still want to change, this little corner makes me happy.

Now, I don’t know about you, but I’m really feeling the holiday spirit this year, I have to say. I have lots of ideas for things I’d like to do. But I also want to keep going until this room is really done. That and I really need to put my stuff back in the china hutch / cabinet / thingy! :-) So I’ll be juggling both of those things for the next weeks.

I’ll keep you posted! :-)

~Angela :-)

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  1. Love the door. Love the plastered faux stone wall. Love the end chair. Love it ALL!!!! Congratulations! What a transformation! It definitely looks cottagy now. Can’t wait to see what else you have up your sleeve.

  2. Debra Van Dyke says:

    Nice job Angela!
    I love it…so proud of all the work you have done : )

  3. That looks fabulous!!! Who would have guessed it would actually end up looking like such an awesome wall! Be proud…looks great!

  4. Linden Townhouse says:

    Your stone wall looks terrific! Everything is so much lighter in that corner. I love your door too.

  5. Love how that turned out. The plaster was a genius idea. I got all excited as I have a brick wall in my family-room-turned-dining-room and was ready to get on that, but in the middle of that wall of brick is a BBQ! Then all my hopes were dashed. Anyway, to ramble on, I was wondering about how you were going to finish off that end at the bottom and wow, GENIUS. Seriously impressed.

  6. I love the way your dining room is coming together. Wow! You’ve done a lot of hard work and it’s paying off. I can’t wait to see more!

  7. Angela! What a great idea. I can’t believe what a difference the plaster made. I’m sure it was time-consuming, but the pay off is worth it. I love the old door against the wall, too. Congratulations!

  8. That looks great! I usually don’t like it when brick or stone is covered up with paint (or plaster) but I have to say that in this case I think it’s a big improvement.

  9. It looks so good Angela! Love the openness…love the white brick…love your old door! Perfect! You must be in love!

  10. Looking awesome! The paint did WONDERS!!!! ;}
    m ^..^

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