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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. 

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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.

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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.

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

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…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

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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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14 Comments

    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.