Whether you have recently moved or have been in your home for 30 years, renovating a room in your house can be exciting and bring new life to an otherwise dull room. A little paint goes along way, but so too does a chair rail with some wainscoting. Here are step by step dining room ideas to transform your room and to show you how simple it actually is to create a beautiful dining room that friends and family will be talking about for many dinners to come.
Step #1: White walls look like an insane asylum
No matter whom you talk to, white is definitely not the new black. Nor should it be your primary color in a sophisticated dining room where entertaining is the top priority. In my house for less than 3 months, I was left with a flat enameled white wall with an off white flat chair rail. Yuk! Not sure why someone would paint a chair rail off white with white walls, but this is for a different story altogether. So, the first thing I did was pain the chair rail high gloss white.
How to make a dull dining room come alive
Step #2: Dining room renovations commence
The first step in preparing the ugly white dining room was to prep the walls and chair rail. Wipe the entire wall, top and bottom, with a damp cloth. This will ensure that there is no dust or dirt influencing the look of the fresh paint. Also, take a sandpaper #2 grade, and quickly go over the exisiting chair rail. This will also ensure proper paint techniques, but also remove any bumps that might create an eye sore after the new paint is placed.
Quick Tip #1
Securing a paint can on a ladder is a great way to prevent spills
secured paint can on ladder and cardboard
Step #3: Let’s Paint!
I’ve learned from experience that you should always let your wife or significant other choose the color…not because I think I am incapable, but because I am the one actually doing the painting and would rather not go through trial and error during this process. After all, this is a “weekend” project. If you can agree on a color, the better. We chose to use a midnight silver for the top half of the room. Accenting the soon to be dark black distressed furniture. Also, this allows for the bottom half to remain high gloss white which will accent the grey even more. Have a look…
Silver accents to dining room create an elegant contrast to the high gloss white.
Silver accent paint bounces off the high gloss chair rail
Step #4: Wainscoting isn’t just for bathrooms anymore
While the silver paint looked awesome, I wanted to take it a few steps further in the overall feel of the dining room renovation. So, below the existing chair rail, newly painted white, I wanted to extend the wainscoting in vertical planks separated by about two feet apart…creating a much more elegant feel and would make the high gloss white pain bounce even more. However, there was a slight problem. When placing a plank in between the chair rail and the baseboard, it stuck out just enough to be bothersome. So, the simple task of buidling out the chair rail just slightly to enable the vertical planks to create a perfect fit below it needed to be done. Here is a pic that shows how to extend an existing chair rail.
Adding length to a chair rail to allow for vertical planks and a perfect fit without an overhang.
Step #5: Wainscoting planks are ready to be installed
After adding length to the entire chair rail and base boards around the dining room, simply cut the length of the planks so slip right into the space. Remember to place the planks about 2-3 feet apart for even distribution.
adding wainscoting to any room will make it more elegant.
Step #6: Finish off the windows to ensure an elegant view
With the addition to the rails, do not neglect the windows. This is the time to address the windows before painting. So, add a molding of your choice around the window preferably with a pre-primed trim. (less coats of paint later).
Dressing up the windows now ensures a much more finished look.
Step #7: Let the painting begin
Now the fun part. After all the hard work is complete, start painting the chair rail, wainscoting, window treatments and any existing moldings in the dining room. The contrast with the silver paint will bounce like no other and finally you will get to see what the finished product is going to look like.
Painting wainscoting in your dining room will create an elegant look
High Gloss wainscoting will shine and make the room electric
Step #8: Enjoy your dining room
Take a moment to enjoy what you’ve just created. An elegant dining room that is sure to please the pickiest of family and friends. More pics to come once furniture is placed.
Tip #2: Once the room is complete, do not skimp on the electric socket outlet plates or the chandelier. To save money on replacing or buying a new chandelier, you can buy lamp shades that sit on top of the existing bulbs. Unless you have the money to buy a high end chandelier, then go for it!
If you would like any more info regarding this room transfermation, please do not hesitate to contact me directly. I look forward to hearing your comments and sharing your feedback.
Happy dining room renovating!
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