More Dining Room Makeover Progress – A New Rug

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I am sharing all the details and progress of my dining room makeover!

It’s been a while since I posted anything about my dining room makeover.  The first part of the makeover came together quickly, but once I reached a certain point things kind of ground to a halt.  I needed time to think and mull things over.  When I started this makeover, I envisioned a dining room in a real farmhouse – the room where the “good” furniture went.  A room that felt like a special gathering place for family and friends.  A room that holds traditional “fancy” furniture, but still reflects the farmhouse feel.  Do you know what I mean?

Dining Room Makeover

When I shared the makeover plans with you, I mentioned that I was on the fence about whether or not to add an area rug to this room.  I was afraid that getting the proper size rug (so that the chairs don’t fall off the rug when pulled out) would fill the room up too much.  All of my hesitation flew out the window when I came across a super deal on the perfect vintage, faded looking rug on Rugs USA.  I immediately ordered that puppy and oh, I am so in love!

A new rug that has a vintage feel is the perfect addition to my in-progress dining room makeover. Link to the rug is in the blog post.Pin

Now, I know that the red striped fabric on the chair seats is totally off, but I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect fabric to recover them with and finally found it last week.  You can get a little glimpse of it on the chair on the left side, closest to the draperies.  It’s a wonderful gray and creamy white buffalo check.

A wooden dining room table and a beaded chandelier over top.Pin

Back to the rug.  Friends, if you are on the hunt for a large room size rug, then Rugs USA is definitely a place that you want to shop.  They aren’t paying me to say this – I just think that their selection and prices are great!  My new beautiful rug is a large one – 9′ x 12′ and was under $300.  Click HERE for a link to the rug.

The area rug is the perfect shade of medium gray, is soft and plush underfoot and appears to be well made.  Even though it has quite a bit of pattern, the faded appearance of it keeps the pattern from being in your face.

Grey and white rug up close.Pin

In this picture, you can see that I made a decision about whether to put a plate rack or a gallery of botanical art on the wall to the right of the buffet.  I’ll have to save that for another day though.  I cannot for the life of me figure out how to get a picture of the prints without so much light reflecting in the glass.

There is a wooden shelf on the wall behind the table.Pin

As a reminder, here is what the dining room looked like before I started the makeover.

A picture of the dining room before the makeover.Pin

I still have to figure out what to do with the little cherry chest.  I’m pretty sure that I’ll be painting it, but what color?  And do I keep the mirror or replace it with a chalkboard?

A large mirror on the wall flanked by two shutters.Pin

Click on the links below to catch up on the progress:

Dining Room Makeover Plans

The Easiest DIY Planked Wall In The History Of Ever

Dining Room Makeover Progress

Progress is slow, but I have high hopes that I’ll love it all in the end!  How about you – do you take your time when it comes to decorating a room or giving it a makeover?


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  1. Found your blog via Yvonne, Stone Gable. You have a lovely home. Looking forward to following along.

    1. So nice to “meet” you, Lauren!

  2. Absolutely gorgeous! And might I offer a piece of advice that I learned from Lucy -Craftberry Bush at Haven last year? Get some black foam poster boards and hold them up right across from your pictures to photograph. She says it eliminates glare! Good luck!

    1. Thank you SO much, Nicki! I had no idea what to do.

  3. I love the rug! And the pattern almost acts as a neutral…great choice! 😉

    1. Thank you, Donnamae! I think it really helps to break up the sea of brown that was going on in there.

  4. Eleanor Yue says:

    Love everything about your dining room. It is so warm and pretty.
    Would like to try some of your ideas in my dining room, as my
    furniture is very similar.

    1. I’m so glad that you like it Eleanor! I’ve struggled with it a bit since my furniture is so traditional and I didn’t want to wind up with a traditional room, if you know what I mean.

  5. Debbie Downs says:

    Like your carpet choice in the dining room. It adds a coziness to the room.

    1. Thank you, Debbie! It definitely makes if feel cozier!

  6. Sherry Pelle says:

    I love the carpet in the dining room. It gives the room a softer feel! Those legs on the table and chair are fabulous, would love to see them painted, but I would have a hard time painting that furniture. It’s so pretty the way it is!

    1. Thank you so much, Sherry. I know what you mean about the painting. I’m soooo on the fence about it. Once they’re painted, they’re painted – ya know?

  7. The room is lovely and the rug adds so much warmth. I hope you will keep the mirror because it’s gorgeous and adds glam to the room. You already have chalk paint on the shutters and a chalkboard might be too casual. I think you are striking a good balance by adding more current colors and accessories to the beautiful traditional furniture.