I wanted to share how to give your dining room an update without breaking the bank. If you’re like me, you are on a strict budget. We also rent, so there is only so much you can do when it comes to updates. This is how I gave my dining room an update.
Dining Room Before Update
Here’s what it looked like before. It is hard to get the color on the wall to present correctly, but it’s a burgundy color.
When I first moved in, I didn’t think I would like the color combination, but it has grown on me and I am in love! Anyways, I felt that the dining area needed a redo. However, with just moving, my budget was pretty slim! After a few days of pondering, I decided that if I gave my chairs a bit of color, this may change the entire dynamic of the dining area.
Color Choice for Chairs
I browsed Dixie Belle’s paint colors and decided on the color Barn Red. I am a HUGE fan of red! Being born and raised in the country, one grows to appreciate it. I purchased the 8-ounce container for around $9.00. I gave the chairs a good cleaning and one coat of paint. That’s all I needed, and I still had plenty of my 8 oz jar left.
Applying the Paint
Here is one of the chairs. It was a little too bright, and not exactly what coordinated with a farm table (well at least in my opinion). I decided to add antique glaze to the chairs to tone it down a bit. The glaze would also make the carvings in the chair back really stand out.
Adding the Glaze
The glaze I used it what I had on hand. I had purchased it from Lowe’s a while back. One container will probably last you forever because a little goes a long way. I paid around $12.00 for it and am still using it after about 7 months, and that’s after glazing quite a few pieces of furniture!
Here, you can see the difference the glaze makes:
I waxed the chairs with Minwax Paste Finishing Wax for extra protection after the glaze had dried.
Note: I normally allow my paint to dry 24 hours, apply glaze let dry 24 hours, and then wax. You do not have to wait this long to dry, but I just feel it cures better.
And now my dining room looks like this. I added a plant in the corner and a tobacco stick ladder that the Hubs built. We found the tobacco sticks at a local vintage market. It was my first attempt at using plate liner baskets on the wall. I am sure I will probably change it, but for now, it’s quaint and cozy. I purchased my rug from Amazon for around $80 last year, and I am still getting great use out of it. Here is my affiliate link if you are interested in one. https://amzn.to/35LBj1o
See what a little bit of color can do? It can instantly change a room.
See how easy it is to give your dining room an update. And for around $20 bucks give or take, because I had a few supplies on hand already. And you do NOT have to be an expert! Anyone can do it!
“It’s not about what it is, it’s about what it can become.”