Adventures in Home Ownership : The Dining Room

Welcome to a new series on the blog - Adventures in Home Ownership! Over the next few weeks, I'll be sharing some of the ups and downs that my husband and I have been through since purchasing our home in August. The most exciting part for me will be sharing the before and after pictures as I take you on a tour of the changes we've made over the last six months. First up on the before and after tour: the dining room! This is what the room looked like when we bought the house.Why someone thought this particular shade of blue was a good idea, I'm not sure. When we toured the house for the first time, this room was filled with 3 different mismatched sofas, all with clutter piled on top. It kind of reminded me of a graveyard for unwanted furniture. Once the room was cleared out, I realized that the carpet was in surprisingly good condition, and the room actually had the potential to be really beautiful. My husband had a hard time envisioning our home looking elegant, since so many of the walls were covered in ugly paint and 90's wallpaper, so I decided to tackle this room first to show him the transformative power of paint. I'm pretty proud of how it turned out!There are still some changes left to be made. I need to pick curtains, hang photographs and get a new light fixture (that gold has got to go!) but overall I think the switch from blue to gray is a significant improvement.For anyone who is interested, the bottom panel of the wall required 2 coats of Kilz primer and 3 coats of Glidden Ultra White paint to fully cover the blue. The gray on top is Sparrow from Behr. My husband bought the table at JcPenny Furniture Outlet before we got married (that's right, my husband has amazing taste! :) ), the plates are from Target, and the place mats, napkins and napkin rings are all from Bed, Bath and Beyond. The red accents were gifts from my mom for Christmas. I haven't decided what I want the official accent color to be yet, because I keep going back and forth between red, turquoise, leaf green or some shade of purple. It'll probably be another few months before this room can truly be considered finished, but I'll make sure to share more photos when I'm done!The little plant in the upper right frame of this collage is called an air plant. It was a Christmas gift from Katie at Boukates. She always gives the cutest gifts!Next up on the house tour: The kitchen!