The Inspired Room & My Painted Room

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I am sharing some decorating inspiration with you today.  Inspiration in the way of a beautiful coffee table book, entitled, The Inspired Room, by the blogger of the blog of the same name, Melissa Michaels.

I am also sharing decorating inspiration in the way of showing you how I took a bunch of mismatched furniture and transformed it all with paint and elbow grease to turn them into pieces I love one by one and after a few years, into a room I love.

Melissa asked a bunch of bloggers to share an inspired room of our own. I felt my dining room fit the description best since it started out as a room filled with mismatched hand-me-downs, none of which fit my style.  I didn’t feel the love, but had no budget to do anything with it and worked to make each piece my own.

If I was going to make it into a room I loved, I had to DIY it. I turned the room around with lots and lots of paint. It didn’t happen overnight, in fact…it took a few years to get the room the way I envisioned. It was a transformative journey in all respects.

My inspired room transformation started and ended with paint.  The room has 9 painted projects that range from painting the walls down to the detail of the curtain rod finial. Paint is where I find my inspiration. It can change everything and anything even with the smallest of budgets. 


My dining room transformation started when this hutch came to us after Ed’s mom moved out of her home.  I entitled the post I shared with you a few years ago, Good-Bye Knotty Pine.

Painted Furniture makeover

I painted it white using primer and latex semi-gloss and added book pages to the shelves using Mod Podge.  It made a dramatic difference to the room. I knew I was heading in the right direction since everything looked brighter and cheerier once the knotty pine was history.

Before and after room makeover on a small budget

The next project I took on didn’t involve paint, but fabric. After paint, fabric is the best item to use to transform a room on a budget. I made these chair-back slipcovers for the chairs that were handed down to me from my mom and dad.

How to paint a chandelier

Not all paint projects require a quart or a gallon. I used 2 oz bottles of craft paint to makeover this builder-grade chandelier in the room.  To make it my own took a bit of inspiration pulled from decorating magazines, a mix of craft paint, and crystals to transform it from ho-hum builder grade to a pretty chandelier I love.


The corner hutch was next. I painted it after I learned how to make and paint with DIY chalk paint. I used two colors on it and experimented by mixing chalk paint ingredients together to come up with a super durable finish.

I also made no-sew chair back runners in black and white stripe fabric to accent the white chair-back slipcovers.

How to stain a table in a driftwood color

A few months went by and I took on the transformation of the table.  I stripped the top and re-stained it using Driftwood Finish. I painted the legs of the table with DIY chalk paint.

How to make a paper snowflake window treatment

The walls in the room have had a few different colors of paint on them over the years ranging from orange stripes to the color of celery, to tan and finally white. I like white walls in the dining room since I can use any color of serving pieces or seasonal decoration and it goes. Nothing to match.


I also painted industrial metal pipe and doorknobs to make curtain rods for the room…


…and gave the mantel a fresh coat of Marshmallow White from Glidden. 

Furniture makeover using DIY chalk paint

Back in the early summer, I took on the last project…the chairs. I thought I wouldn’t be able to change the color of the rush seats, but after some trial and error, I had success using a driftwood color stain over the seats. It soaked right in and removed most of the orange tone. I used white chalk paint over the wood.

My Painted Room AFTER


Oh….and I can’t forget the long basket on the top of the hutch on which I used paint and water to make a whitewash that lightened the color. I even transformed a few thrift store ceramic pitchers with white spray paint so I would have enough to fill the hutch.

My painted room…it truly is one, and completed on a very small budget.  The rug is a recent add. I bought it on Overstock.

I’m linking to the rest of today’s bloggers in The Inspired Room Tour. Hop over to their blogs to see what inspired them to decorate a room in their home!

Home Stories A to Z | Craftberry Bush | Happy Happy Nester | Fieldstone Hill Design 

Reluctant Entertainer  | Honey We’re Home  The Chronicles of Home

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    1. Hi Jann – Thanks. The corner cabinet is one of my fave pieces in my house. I hope I can find a space for it in my next home. The home we are looking at to buy doesn’t have a formal dining room. I may have to rethink a use for it.

  1. I so enjoyed seeing your dining room makeover piece by piece. You are so talented and creative. When ever I am thinking about a new project I always check your blog first for inspiration. I really am excited for you to have a “new” house and all the projects you will share!

    1. Hi Toni – Thanks so much for taking the time to tell me that you find inspiration on my blog and the posts I share. It means so much to me. XO I love blogging and am looking forward to getting moved and settled in a new home so I can start sharing new budget friendly ways to decorate with you.