{Reveal} Dining Room Before and After

The dining room was a great space to update as the canvas was fairly clean and again, I knew even just putting new paint on the walls it would give this area a whole new life.  We decided on Benjamin Moore Whale Gray.  Rich, not too dark and a perfect shade of charcoal gray to cool up the space with the wood tones.  Since this room has a few different areas, I thought I would highlight each of them separately and explain the tips and resources there!  See below for the reveal and share your thoughts.  Happy decorating!

BEFORE (fireplace)


AFTER (fireplace)

I scored these mirrors on Joss and Main and knew exactly where I wanted to hang them.  This gave the space more dimension as across from the mirrors are windows so it opened up and brightened up the dining room, all the while bringing in a weathered, vintage look and feel.  I also wanted to subtly dress the mantle but not go crazy.  These accent pieces serve as a place for Jennifer and Chris to collect their corks (they collect them all year and get a good laugh at the amount of wine intake they’ve had come December), candle holders from Jayson Home for intimate dinners and dinner parties and a book on Tuscany to flow with the wine theme.  Specifically, the monogrammed canister jar is from Pottery Barn.




AFTER (new bar cart)

This was a bit risky as they have two young children which makes this area a potential glass breaking disaster.  But, I figured if it didn’t work, it’s an easy area to re-purpose.  Fortunately, Jennifer and Chris love it and so far, no accidents!  All I did here was re-use the existing table (because it’s beautiful and awesome), bought a bar tray and ransacked their cabinets for liquor bottles which was super fun.  My favorite focal point here are the vintage liquor ads from the early 1900’s.  I tore these out of an old Stage magazine I found at an antique shop in Vermont, framed and voila!  Trying to keep in line with modern vintage (and a fun wine/liquor theme), the bar cart was one of my personal favorite pieces of the home.




BEFORE (hutch)


AFTER (hutch)

Ahhhh, my first ever plate wall gallery!  I collected plates from all over for months and couldn’t wait to create a mosaic of art in their dining room. We have the wine and liquor theme on the one side of the room and here we bring in the food (sounds like a great night to me!).  I made the gold plates the centerpiece (from World Market) and worked all the other plates around it.  My favorites are the vintage French cheese plates (yes, please) I scored on Joss and Main.ann-ueno-designs-before-and-after-dining-room-10



BEFORE (table)ann-ueno-designs-before-and-after-dining-room-13

AFTER (table)

This is simple. I just bought new napkins/placemats from Anthropologie and styled the table to give it some flair.  Fresh flowers in a medium mason jar.  An easy table setting.  A unique way to place the fork and spoon.  That’s it.  Nothing crazy but I wanted to tie in the table with the rest of the space!

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So, could you see yourself enjoying a glass of vino and some cheese in this newly refreshed dining room?!

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