Mid-Century Farmhouse Dining Room Reveal

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These past six weeks flew by at lightning speed, and it feels great to be at the finish line of the Spring 2016 One Room Challenge!  Thank you so much to Linda at Calling It Home for spearheading this semi-annual design blogger event.

Six weeks ago, I set out to spice up our dining area, a "room" that is centrally located between our kitchen and family room.  What I thought would be an easy and straightforward makeover posed quite a few challenges at nearly every turn.  It felt like the One Room Challenges at times! :)


I'll dig into the design details later.  Today's post will be all about one thing - the room transformation in photos!  So come on in and take a look...

BEFORE

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AFTER

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BEFORE

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AFTER

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BEFORE

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AFTER

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BEFORE

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AFTER

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The room already had a lot going for it post-renovation, including the hardwood floors and all the natural light it gets.  It was just waiting for some design attention, and several hours/weeks of DIY labor!  It's amazing what just a little color, pattern, and some architectural dimension can add to a space!  Take a look at a true before photo of the dining area before we renovated the room...

fixer upper

It was a dark and dated time capsule, just like the adjacent old kitchen which we also renovated.  Our dining room (and home in general) has come such a long way over the past three years since we purchased our fixer upper!

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The goal of this budget-friendly makeover was to create a design-savvy space with a mid-century farmhouse spin - which is in keeping with our home's 1955 architecture and interior decor.  Most of all, I wanted to inject personality and pizzazz into an otherwise lackluster space.  The focal wall we DIY'd accomplished just that!

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CAD INTERIORS dining room design makeover one room challenge interior design

The feature wall literally transformed how the room looks AND feels!  It was the main component of the design plan, and it truly is the "star" of the room!  The bold graphic wallpaper added the design "oomph" I had envisioned, and the wainscoting detail provided much-needed architectural dimension.  I am so pleased with how it turned out, especially after all the challenges we faced having an uneven wall!  It single-handedly elevated the room's design, and it also gave the dining area its own "identity" within the open concept great room.

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one room challenge interior design decorating wallpaper wainscoting diy

one room challenge interior design decorating wallpaper wainscoting diy

one room challenge interior design decorating wallpaper wainscoting diy

Thank you all so much for following along with our dining room makeover!  Your positive support and encouragement here on the blog and on Instagram has been truly appreciated.  That's a wrap on the Spring 2016 One Room Challenge!!!

SOURCES: Wallpaper // Brass Ceiling Pendant // Jute Rug // Mahogany Extendable Farmhouse Table (old from Pottery Barn) // Tufted Parson Chairs (old from Bombay Company) // Bar Cart (old from Crate & Barrel)

Sharing with: Inspire Me Tuesday, Pretty Project Party, Home Stories A to Z, TDC

46 comments :

  1. This turned out absolutely amazing! That light, wallpaper, rug... all of it. So, SO good! Amazing job!

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    1. Thanks Stephanie!!! This ORC threw me for a loop until the last minute with the rug fiasco, but we are enjoying the "new" space! Thanks for the support during the process. :)

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  2. I've been waiting for this reveal and it does not disappoint. Why does that little pop of green make everything feel so alive? So nice!

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    1. Aww, thanks so much Maggie!!! The rug was a last minute find (which I'm honestly still debating), but yes, it did bring the room to life! Thanks for following along on this makeover and being so encouraging throughout the ORC. :)

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  3. Looks really great! Well done!
    I love the layout of your home.

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    1. Thanks so much, Lori!!! The layout of our home is how I was able to see beyond our fixer upper's many flaws. :) I truly appreciate you following our home journey. It's been a true labor of love (and time!) and I'm so glad to share the transformation here!

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  4. Love that wallpaper! This looks amazing!

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    1. Thanks Emy!!! The wallpaper is my favorite part of the room. It gave the room the design punch it needed! :)

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  5. you nailed the midcentury! The green accents totally make the room.

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    1. Aww thank you, Justynn!! The green was a last minute color injection when I had to source a new rug last minute! :) Thank goodness for plants and fruit to tie it all in. :)

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  6. Carol this an amazing before and after! The green rug brings so much life to the space, and is a fun pairing with the black and white floral wallpaper. You did such a great job giving this room it's own attitude but keeping it cohesive with your family room and kitchen! Love it all.

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    1. I'm still debating the rug?! I love the pop of color, but it's the pattern I'm not sold on. Ha! The original one I ordered was out of stock, so I scrambled last minute to find an in-stock affordable option. :) I do love the space now. It definitely came alive with the wallpaper! :)

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  7. what a great transformation, carol! i love that paper- so dramatic and fantastic!

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    1. Thanks Cassie!! The wallpaper is my favorite part. It was a gutsy design choice, and I'm so glad I went for it! :)

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  8. Yep, love it! That wallpaper is just everything.

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    1. You're awesome! Thanks so much, Ashley!! :)

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  9. THIS is funky fresh. All of the right ways right here! That wallpaper and fixture combo though?!?! SWOON! xx

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    1. Thanks Elise!! The wallpaper and light fixture were my favorite new elements in the space too. :)

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  10. You truly captured the midcentury vibe Carol! I love that wallpaper and the lighting you chose! Congrats and CHEERS to us for another room done!

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    1. Thanks so much Vel!! So glad to be introduced to you in this round of the ORC. I think I need to start planning the next one NOW because this one wiped me out. :)

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  11. oh gah girl, that green rug is the pop that room needed. I love looking at your before pictures and just seeing your progress. one of my favorites so far.

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    1. Aww, you're the best! I'm debating the rug (love the color but not sold on the pattern), so your input is valuable because I love your eclectic style! I had to source a rug last minute since the one I originally ordered was out of stock. Thanks for following our home progress! :)

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  12. Wow, what an amazing transformation. Isn't it such a relief to be done? Congrats on a beautiful room. Visiting from Twelve On Msin.

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    1. Thank you, Sara!! Yes, total relief to be at the finish line! This room came together at the very last minute because of all the unexpected curve balls in this ORC. :) Thanks for visiting. Can't wait to visit your space!

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  13. Great job. You really made this electric room work. Love that wall paper!

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    1. Thanks Amanda!! I'm so glad I went for it with that wallpaper. It's truly a showstopper in the room! :)

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  14. Wonderful pattern play going on in here! Love the look of the new space! SO fun and fresh!

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    1. Thank you so much for the kind words, Krystle!! We are enjoying the new look of the space too! :)

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  15. I told you on insta, will tell you here, too: The chairs work beautifully with the impressive wallpaper and the chandelier is a sharp attention to decorative detail.
    Love the tropical touches.

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    1. Aww, thank you so much!! The makeover of our small dining space made such a huge impact in the feel of the entire great room. That's exactly why I love interior design! :)

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  16. Love the bold and colorful room!

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  17. That wall is everything! And the ceiling light... so beautiful!
    Well done!

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  18. Looks amazing!! Love the space too and those ceiling beams, great work!!

    Lauren | Lovely Decor
    Xx

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    1. Thanks Lauren!! The wood beams are one of the architectural details that I love about our home too! :)

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  19. Oh this is great! I love in spite of the open floor plan you were able to incorporate this gorgeous wallpaper into the dining room and still have the room flow into the rest of the space. Oh and that light fixture! Congrats!
    Tricia // Suburban Bitches

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    1. Thanks Tricia!! Yes, incorporating a patterned wallpaper that would flow with the adjacent spaces was tricky, so I went with black and white for a "neutralizing" effect. We love the light fixture too. It is so nice to finally have one after 3 years! Btw, I am making my way to see your room (and Erin's)!

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  20. Congratulations on a job well done, my friend! I love the light fixture and the styling in the room is superb. The wallpaper is such a wow factor and I love how the wainscoting creates a great balance between the boldness of the print. Love all the before and after shots!

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    1. Thanks so much, Tee! We're enjoying the new space and the feature wall is currently my favorite thing in the house. Hope to do the fall ORC with you. :)

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  21. I am new here, came across your pretty room while browsing through one room challenges. Love how beautifully you re-imagined an already pretty space. All the greens are eye catching and that wallpaper is yummo :-) Happy to be here.

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    1. Thanks so much, Anima! Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to leave a comment (on IG too!). Glad you liked the room.

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  22. Looks fabulous! Love the rug.

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  23. That feature wall certainly does make the space! Beautiful job.

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    1. Thanks Erin! I'm so pleased the feature wall turned out how I had envisioned. Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to leave a comment! :)

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