One Room Challenge: Week 6…The Reveal!

07 Nov One Room Challenge: Week 6…The Reveal!

Thanks for joining me today for my dining room reveal!  For the past six weeks I have been participating in the One Room Challenge, hosted by the lovely Linda at Calling It Home.  Designers, bloggers and DIYers each took up the challenge of transforming a room in six weeks.   Six weeks sounds like plenty of time, but let me tell you- it flew by! Today I’ll be sharing lots of photos of the completed room, and over the next few weeks I’ll share my sources and tutorials, so keep checking in! 

As a reminder, here are the before pictures:


And here it is now:
See the artwork in the little hallway to the left? In the top one you can see the reflection of a large ladder…my husband had the idea of setting up the ladder outside the dining room window and shooting in…a brilliant idea!!
I should be getting my artwork for above the mantle from Linda Donohue soon.  It will be something like this…
Green Landscape Seascape Original Painting- Green Landscape 16 x 20
Did you notice it’s a new mantle?  A few weeks back I decided that the mantle we had just wouldn’t go with the new items in the room- it was too shabby chic/feminine with it’s scalloped trim and floral motif.  So I informed sweet-talked the Mr. into building a new one.  Plan B was to not have a mantle at all, but since we don’t have a fireplace I like having a “fake” one as it adds architectural interest to the room and besides, we need somewhere to hang our Christmas stockings!  (A crime I think- a house not having a fireplace, especially when we live in a 100+ year old house.  I know at some point they must have had one- I have two chimneys- but it was either taken out or boarded up) Anyway, here’s a closeup of the mantle my husband built.  When we went to pick out the moldings and trim, I was planning on getting dental molding, but this basket weave caught my eye, and I thought it tied in nicely with my coastal room.
We replaced the white table top with planks that we distressed and stained, and swapped out two of the white chairs for wicker ones.
The pine hutch was a Craig’s List find that I painted and replaced the mirrored back with wood planks.  The piece came with upper glass doors as well, but after styling the shelves I decided it looked better without the doors.

Next to the mantle I put this gray shuttered cabinet, which came from the kitchen. 

Here is a view from the living room:
And here’s looking into the living room from the dining room. 
 Our dining room gets a lot of traffic and activity, as you have to walk through it to get to the front door, the living room and the kitchen.  We eat in the dining room every day, and homework and projects get done here.   


Here are some pictures that I took at night: 

I am very happy with the way it all came together, and even though the original mantle and black hutch were replaced with larger pieces, the room actually feels bigger.  Painting the walls the same color above and below the molding makes the walls look taller and the room less choppy. And I love how the colors coordinate with the living room, making a seamless transition from one room to the next. 
A big “Thank You” to:
*Linda, for hosting the One Room Challenge 
*My mother-in-law, for helping me paint the room one Saturday
*My three kids, for dealing with a MIA Mom, cereal for dinner, and no clean laundry. 
*My husband, who has been so supportive and helpful throughout the last six weeks.  He remade our table, drove 2 1/2 hours to pick up the hutch, built the mantle, hung my chandelier, switched out electrical plugs and door knobs, survived several meltdowns (of mine), picked up dinners, washed dishes (our dishwasher broke several days ago), transported kids, and whenever I asked a design related “What do you think?” question,  he responded with “Whatever you want, honey.” This dining room would not have come together the way it did without his help! 
Thank you also to all of you who have been checking in weekly to see how my project has been coming along.  I appreciate all of you comments and words of encouragement. 
To see more amazing spaces that have been transformed over the last six weeks, visit here. 
As always, feel free to leave a comment or ask questions in the comments section below.

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  • Jen Gilday
    Posted at 07:45h, 07 November

    Looks great!!! Nice work!

  • Kimber McGallagher
    Posted at 08:02h, 07 November

    It is absolutely stunning. Great job!!!

  • stephanie at Stephanie Kraus Designs
    Posted at 11:12h, 07 November

    so pretty love all of your choices. It simply is stunning!

  • Nancy {at} powellbrower at home
    Posted at 12:22h, 07 November

    This is a fantastic renovation. Love your table top and your stylling in this room. Great solution on those angled wall shelves! A room you will feel sooooo happy and light in. Great!
    xo Nancy

    Posted at 12:53h, 07 November

    I love the colors and styling so much. That hutch is just fabulous…can't wait to see Linda's picture up over the new mantel. I know you are pleased with how it came out and by the looks of it everything goes so nicely with the rest of your home!

  • Vel Criste
    Posted at 13:03h, 07 November

    Wow!!!!!I love all the changes you made, from the color choices and patterns around the room – you totally nailed a perfect Dining room dear!! CHEERS!!!!

  • Traci Hutton
    Posted at 13:12h, 07 November

    It was a great space before, but you have totally transformed it! Gorgeous. Magazine worthy…well done!!

  • Sara Mueller
    Posted at 13:13h, 07 November

    You did an amazing job Elle! I love every detail! And I loved your honesty at the end of the post. Great Job!

  • Linda {Calling it Home}
    Posted at 13:26h, 07 November

    This is so beautiful, Elle. I remember seeing the unpainted mantle on Instagram. I love the basket weave trim. I had no idea your husband built that. Can we talk about shooting pictures from a ladder outside your window?! You rocked this space and married the best man. Thanks for the love, but you own this one yourself. Great MIL, too.

  • Elisa of Fancy Free Me
    Posted at 13:28h, 07 November

    It's beautiful, right down to the table settings! It's amazing what hanging draperies higher can do for a room. The hutch turned out unbelievable too! And I love the dark chandy, it adds some depth to the room. You did a beautiful job!! I had so much fun following along too!

  • Kris @ Driven by Décor
    Posted at 14:11h, 07 November

    Your new space is a stunner – it has a totally different feel than the old one! Loving the new table and all of your accessories are amazing. And can we talk about your husband – he gets some serious props for the idea of shooting outside with a ladder, right?! 🙂

  • Eris @ The Pink House Reno
    Posted at 14:52h, 07 November

    So beautiful. I'm a total jellybean over that mantle/fireplace. You really can't be in a bad mood if you're in this room. Love this! Congrats!

  • Jessica
    Posted at 15:02h, 07 November

    I love it! The room is very calm and soothing, and it looks very comfortable and homey, too. The basket weave trim is amazing, definitely the right choice.

  • pam {simple details}
    Posted at 15:03h, 07 November

    Wow!! You rocked this dining room! I love the new table top and the hutch, and texture of the new wicker chairs, I could go on!! Truly such a beautiful new room, and your styling is perfection!!

  • Patty Rumaker
    Posted at 15:12h, 07 November

    Your dining room is so lovely. I feel the same way about fireplaces, as I don't currently have one and miss it for so many reasons. I love your new wood top on your table and the back of that china cabinet painted blue looks fabulous. Great job of styling the table as well. Sounds like you had some great helpers – which is always nice. You really did a great job!
    Patty at Home and Lifestyle Design

  • Dharma
    Posted at 15:44h, 07 November

    So inspiring! I love all the beachy details. It feels coastal but doesn't scream SAND!!!! LOL

  • Michelle Woeller
    Posted at 16:33h, 07 November

    Thanks Sara! Can't believe I figured out the photo sizing issue on my own!! Three cheers!

  • Ashley @ The Houston House
    Posted at 17:48h, 07 November

    This looks amazing, love the chic and coastal feel to it. Makes me miss summer!!!

  • Kate Decorates
    Posted at 18:10h, 07 November

    Beautiful transformation! I love all the little details. Great job!

  • Shauna@Satori Design for Living
    Posted at 18:31h, 07 November

    So beautiful! I recognize that pillow fabric- it's the same I'm using for my draperies, except in a different color.

  • Calypso In The Country
    Posted at 18:46h, 07 November

    It was a pretty space before but now it is just stunning! I love the colors and all the beachy details! Nice job!

  • Carol
    Posted at 18:54h, 07 November

    Really beautiful room – love the new color scheme and all the beachy details. The flow from your living room totally works. Great job!

  • Kimberly Lemmon
    Posted at 20:53h, 07 November

    Love the new softer color palette. So many wonderful details to copy too!

  • terry
    Posted at 22:21h, 07 November

    Your room is gorgeous!.. It belongs in House Beautiful!

  • Carla Spence
    Posted at 00:38h, 08 November

    A stunning renovation, loved all the details, yet, great cohesive color and design. Great ideas!

  • Heather Moore Grahling | Vivid Hue Home
    Posted at 01:02h, 08 November

    what a wonderfully chic transformation. it's just beautiful. you did a terrific job! the space is so serene and i'd love to head there any day!

  • Sherry Calamia
    Posted at 01:46h, 08 November

    I love the way you transformed your dining room! Love the blue and white touches, just beautiful! Well done!

  • Rowe
    Posted at 02:09h, 08 November

    Gorgeous and creative work! Love the light and airy feel to it! The table transformation is fantastic! Well Done!

  • Stacey {steward of design}
    Posted at 03:21h, 08 November

    I really love the new color choice and coastal feel. Very serene feeling. Love it!

  • Lisa @ Shine Your Light
    Posted at 13:50h, 08 November

    Your dining room looks so beautiful. I love, love, love your gorgeous table, and the white chairs with the rattan ones on the end. The pillows and napkins, blue & white pottery, hutch and the styling inside the hutch, all so pretty!!! Enjoy your refreshed space, you did an amazing job! And kudos to your hubby for saying "whatever you want" to the design questions – he's a good man!!

  • Carrie @ Cosy Carolina Interiors
    Posted at 18:10h, 08 November

    What a lovely transformation! I am really loving the styling on your shelves and how everything ties in together. Great job!

  • Mary Ann at classic•casual•home
    Posted at 21:22h, 08 November

    So fresh and pretty…LOVE it!

  • Leah {Grace Lee Cottage}
    Posted at 13:35h, 09 November

    It's absolutely beautiful! I love your style and your home is super lovely!

  • kate@willowinteriors
    Posted at 02:53h, 10 November

    Coastal perfection! I love your room! Basket-weave mantel…who knew?? Awesome job!

  • mrs. V | Chez V
    Posted at 13:29h, 10 November

    So fresh and clean! The new palette is so soothing. Love all the blue and white too! Three cheers for hubbies as my hubs did most of my heavy work and made the same suggestion of a ladder outside the window. Now why didn't we think of that?!

  • Layne @ The Room Journal
    Posted at 16:01h, 10 November

    What a beautiful room! The colors are so calm and lovely, well done!

  • Rebecca { MyDarlingHouse}
    Posted at 04:11h, 11 November

    The room looks lovely! Love the drapes and all the blue and white!

  • Elizabeth @ The Little Black Door
    Posted at 15:35h, 12 November

    What a truly beautiful room! I love every last detail and your styling is fabulous! Great work!!