Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Forget Design on a Dime! How about Design on a Nickel - Dining Room Makeover Part 1.

This is the before shot of my dining room. (Please forgive the low-res cell phone pictures since I took these before I decided to start blogging.) I will be posting changes to this room slowly, because that is exactly how it is progressing - slowly. My budget for this room is $500 and so far I have used $117 after painting and installing Styrofoam chair rails and shadow box molding. I still need to hang the striped silk drapes I had leftover from my apartment, replace the ceiling fan with an inexpensive chandelier and add furniture.

This is the first after shot of my dining room after painting and installing Styrofoam chair rails and Styrofoam shadow box molding. The foam molding was so easy! I prepainted the foam (because I forgot to prime the chair rails, I still need to go over it with another coat), mitered the corners using a miter box and hand saw, applied construction adhesive to the back of each piece and attached it to the wall. I painted the walls with Ralph Lauren's Regent Metallics in Lush Brown, used a gold metallic Sharpie paint pen and a straightedge to draw the diamonds on the wall and accented the intersecting points with upholstery nailheads. I still need to touch up the paint around the thermostat and the edges. Dining Room Part 2 will be coming next week!

And it's DIY Day over at A Soft Place to Land hosted by Kimba. Be sure to check out the fantastic DIY projects.


randee said...

amazing, absolutely amazing!

we need more photos & a tutorial!

i love the diamonds on the wall.

thanks for posting this -


Kendra said...

Yes! More photos please! I'd love to see a close-up of the diamonds!

Pam said...

That is lookin' good! What a big improvement!

Suzan said...

I haven't seen Styrofoam molding but it sounds like a great product! I will need to see if I can find it at Home Depot so that I can touch it. Great job on the dining room. I love the color on the walls!

Nicole @ BugaBoos said...

Looks awesome! Love the diamonds on the wall and the color is Beautiful! Awesome Job!

Sarah said...

that CANNOT be the same room, it turned out amazing! i agree, pictures and a tutorial would be awesome.
(popped over from kimba's, so glad i did!)

Britt said...

Wow - I'm impressed already! I would love to see a close-up of that detail line and nailhead accent. Great job!

jskell911 said...

Wow I had never heard of styrofoam chail rail. It looks amazing though.

Joy said...

What a wonderful transformation! I'm with Kendra, I'd love to see a post on the diamond treatment on the top part of the wall. Gorgeous!

Sunny said...

very classy! love it!

anizmail said...

love it! it's beautiful.

Ms. Stewart if you're Crafty... said... put a hurting onthat wall!!! Mama LIKE...Mama REALLY LIKES!!! Your color selection was TDF (to die for), your use of the gold pen was inspired and that styro chair rail/shadow box was OTH (off the hook)ooohhh. Where, pray tell, might on procure such a design goody? Also...when you go to remove this styro will it effect the drywall??? PLEASE advise...for I truly aspire to be you when grow up!!

TIA (Thanks in advance)
~Marquita Stewart
The Original Black Martha


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