DIY Dining Room Refresh

 DIY Dining Room Refresh

Words & Images by Sara Spoth

We purchased our 1960's home back in 2010 and did a complete DIY remodel of the interior. My husband and I spent countless days and nights dry walling, installing kitchen cabinetry, new flooring, lighting, painting and the list goes on and on.

We first updated our dining room in the spring of 2011. Over the last couple of years my decorating style has really evolved into a modern farmhouse feel. I'm now a stay at home Mama and recently decided to do a refresh of our dining room to lighten and brighten the space up! Since I am staying home with Beckett and no longer have my home decor shop I still need to have a creative outlet! With that comes lots of DIY projects at home! In designing the refresh I needed to keep in mind how my new fixtures, colors and decor would pair with my current table, chairs and sideboard.

The dining room before

The dining room before

For the first project in the dining room we removed the old chair rail and patched all of the damaged areas of drywall. This included lots and lots of sanding, priming and painting. The room previously was a deeper gray above the chair rail and a cool blue hue below it. I knew I wanted to I choose just one color for the room that was much lighter to really open the space up. I went with Behr paints Dolphin Fin. It's perfect in every light of the day!

Once the walls were painted I moved onto repainting the trim work white. I also upgraded the base trim to a much wider trim size to update the space. It also lines up much better with the ugly baseboard heat runs, almost blending them in with the trim. Once the painting and construction portion was complete it was time to update the fixtures and the decor. 

I found gorgeous white patterned curtain panels by Tommy Hilfiger at Homegoods and woven wood blinds from Lowes. I think the wood warms up the space just enough. My jute rug is from Target which I found on clearance for only $99. What a score! I already had my gorgeous sideboard from Joss and Main which stores my serveware and dishes. My farmhouse table and chairs are from Pier 1 Imports and I had actually purchased their floor model at a fraction of the price. I also decided to change out my older black iron chandelier for a creamy drum shade chandelier from West Elm. It casts such a soft light in the room. Lastly I found an amazing reclaimed wood industrial cart from a local shop in Medina,  NY- Ellen J Goods. It's the perfect accent piece to this room and it serves so many purposes. I hosted Easter dinner for 18 people this year and it was the perfect drink station. 

I'm so thrilled with how our DIY dining room refresh came out! It's exactly what I have envisioned.


Sara Spoth, a twenty something wife and stay at home Mom with a love for anything DIY and design, she enjoys scouring flea markets and antique shops with her family for one of a kind pieces to reimagine. She is constantly looking for new ways to challenge herself in the design world, from home decorating to wedding and party styling.  Follow her on Instagram for more home decor inspiration.