For the past couple of years, I've been wanting to revamp my dining room. Bad. I've been dying to get rid of the grungy 90's "Friends," purple, what-the-eff-was-I-thinking wall and hang the collection of art prints I've been collecting. It's shocking to see how much your taste can change in just a year. The best and worst thing about trial and error: the ability to look back and positively ask if you were in stable mental condition to wear gauchos out of the house (slap me please), but I digress.
After saving up a bit and when I couldn't stand it anymore, I launched into a weekend DIY for a little dining room makeover. The catch? I'm on a twentysomething budget so while I can dream and drool over DWR and Room and Board offerings all I want, I needed to make some great swap outs that wouldn't break the bank but still create a bold look, fit in with the rest of my apartment and be youthful.
Here's a few shots of my dining room before. It's a very small space, more of an in-between room between my kitchen and front door/entry way:
One weekend, a few coats of grey paint, furniture assembly and a light fixture swap out later, here's the updated after photos:
I painted the grey on all the walls to make this weird, tiny in-between space seem larger. I was a little nervous about the grey appearing too dark, but knew I wanted the colors, glossy furniture and white colors to pop - which I think it did! I'm on the look out for a window treatment swap out too - curtains with a more substantial weight to them, in (maybe) a print.
Annnnd here's where I got the goods:
- Ikea Knappa pendant lamp, $30
- Medium Blu Dot strut table in dark olive, $700
- White on White, White S chair (Verner Panton S chair knock off) $150 each
- Collection of art prints from my favorite, wallet-friendly art sources: etsy, 20x200
- Ikea ribba frames
- Clearance frames in different colors from Michael's (colors replaced with a few coats of high gloss white spray paint)