I’m beyond excited to finally reveal our neutral dining room makeover during the last week of the Better Homes and Gardens One Room Challenge! It’s been a long and exhausting 8 week journey, but so rewarding to see my vision turn into this gorgeous cozy space.
I encourage you to hop on over to the ORC Blog Page and check out the other room makeovers that were completed by some very talented bloggers and designers. You’ll likely lose yourself in all the amazing transformations.
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neutral dining room colors
So let’s dive into this room design and the pretty pictures, because that’s why you’re really here right?!
But first, let’s take one last peek at what this space originally looked like when we first moved in. Because you totally need that before and after wow factor.
And let’s see the design plan that I envisioned for this room.
I’m a huge neutral décor lover and when I dreamed up this space I knew I wanted plenty of warm wood tones, creams and textured natural accents to make the space feel more on the inviting side and less sterile with the creamy white walls.
dining room paint colors
neutral dining room decorating
I’ll link all of the sources for the furniture and décor at the bottom of this post. Even though a lot of this room was composed of DIY projects, I found some amazing and budget-friendly similar options for you.
You can also check out the full progress of this room in these post below.
One Room challenge projects
- Week 1: Dining Room Design Plan
- Week 2: DIY Picture Frame Wall Molding
- Week 3: Black Antique Dresser Makeover
- Week 4: DIY Faux Cement Lamp
- Week 5: Black Ceiling Makeover
- Week 6: Antique Cane Chair Makeover
- Week 7: DIY Giant Faux Olive Tree
I styled our antique dresser as a buffet and topped it with this gorgeous urn lamp that I made over to look like cement. These cute little faux artichokes gave it a nice touch as well.
This antique dresser was an amazing Facebook marketplace find, and for only $40 I turned into this beauty. I love how the updated brass hardware makes it look so much more modern.
I’m so thrilled that I finally have a place to display my grandfathers antique decanters that I’ve held onto for years. Matt, my husband, appreciates this little bourbon pouring station I set up for him as well.
I’m still in love with this plaster vase I created last fall. It gave the room the perfect old world lived-in touch I was looking for.
Can we just stop for a minute and appreciate how beautiful this bold black ceiling is?! I’m so happy I made the brave decision to paint over our gorgeous wood planked ceiling. It really does make the room.
This giant faux olive tree was a huge hit on Instagram and I can’t wait to get the full tutorial live on the blog for you!
neutral dining room chairs
My biggest DIY challenge of this entire room was easily these gorgeous cane back chairs. I rescued them, yet another Facebook Marketplace find, and they were in rougher shape than I anticipated.
In the end, they turned out beautiful and really do compliment the room, but this was about the point when my patience was starting to go out the window. I’m so glad I stuck with that project though. Be on the lookout for a full overview of how I refinished and reupholstered these beauties.
I really hope you enjoyed browsing through this room as much as I did creating it. If you have any questions at all, drop me a comment below. I love hearing from you!