Before & After: An Outdated Dining Area Gets a Fresh Makeover

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This "dark and dreary" dining room just begged for a makeover to not only brighten it up, but also to make it a space that might actually get used. Inhabited by folks who love to entertain, this small room needed more seating and storage as well as a redesign to utilize space better.

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From Amy:

The first thing we did was sell all the existing furniture on Craigslist (and surprisingly, people bought them!). Then my Dad mentioned the idea of a custom banquette (he's super handy) and it was the perfect idea to add comfortable seating and extra storage space.

The rest of the pieces were all found at local thrift stores. The solid wood table was sanded and refinished with a darker stain, the chairs were re-upholstered with a geometric fabric and a large mirror and chandelier were added to soften the space. The new space is much more functional and comfortable; it's my new favorite spot in the house.

See more of this transformation plus a complete price break-down on Amy's blog.

Thank you Amy!

(Image credits: Amy)

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Adrienne photographs beautiful homes in and around her home base of Austin, Texas. She's a contributor to UPPERCASE Magazine and spends all her free time exploring small town Texas. She watches a lot of Star Trek.

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