Before & After: Dawn's Truly Transformed Dining Room

Before & After: Dawn's Truly Transformed Dining Room

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Omaha, NE
U.S. Owner
My room makeover::
I think the 'before' picture pretty much speaks for itself. We bought our house from the bank, knowing it needed major cosmetic updates. This room in particular felt so gloomy and had some pretty intense issues with pet stains and odor. Besides all that, we didn't really have any use for a 'formal' dining room. We wanted to create a family space for everyday, instead of once a year holiday dinners. Because we had so many spaces in the house that required updates just to be livable, we couldn't financially pull off a full scale makeover of any one room all at once. Everything in the room was DIY, which stretched the timeline out, but saved us budget-wise. We started this dining room makeover in 2009 when we bought the house and we're finally at a place that I'm really happy with. It's come a long way over the past 6 years. Now the space is one of my favorite in the house. It feels so much brighter and makes me happy every time I walk into the room. Plus we actually use it every day!
My makeover advice::
Be patient and don't settle for something you don't love. A transformation doesn't have to happen overnight, but if you're getting discouraged while taking the long way, it helps to keep a true 'before' photo handy so you can see how much progress you've already made.
What I love most about my new space::
I love how bright and colorful the space is. It is so much more functional for our family now and really reflects the fun personality of our home. Plus it gets used every single day!
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