Dining Room Makeover: The Plan

from Creative Home
See the step-by-step plan the Creative Home Design Team used as they prepared for and executed the makekover.

1. Measure the room, including windows and doors. Draw a floor plan. Note the placement of electrical outlets, switches, and vents.

2. Assess the walls, ceiling, floors, windows, ductwork, and built-ins. Prioritize the things demanding attention according to their importance and the budget. Functional needs must be met first, then aesthetics.

3. Create a written design plan. Select a motif and color palette. We were inspired by the Robert Allen leaf-motif fabric in spring green.

4. Purchase a round pedestal table and sideboard and have them sanded and painted in black matte-finish paint.

5. Paint over the dining room s mottled walls with Sundew to match walls in the rest of the home. Tape off stripes on the focal wall. Paint the palest colors first, leaving the base-coat color where needed. When the wall is dry, continue taping and painting stripes until you re happy with the result. We painted the darkest shades over the vents to help disguise them.

6. Build the floating shelves, iron on the veneer, stain, and install them.

7. Paint over the leopard-print border on the sisal rug with black paint. (We couldn t find a rug in the right size with a black border, so we had to make do.)

8. Hang new lined drapery panels. Cut out leaf motifs from frosted plastic and apply to the French door leading to the porch to help diffuse the view. (The leaves can be easily removed when you re ready for a change.)

9. Re-cover the dining chair seats. Design and make new cushions for the chairs at the kitchen bar.

10. Place the rug, furniture, accessories, and flowers, and set the table.

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