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A Farmhouse Dining Room Makeover

Christmas shelf decor red and white

A dining room makeover just in time for the holidays!

Hello dear Friends, this Friday as part of our Home & Decor Encore series, I'm bringing back this wonderful dining room makeover that I tackled exactly six years ago.

I know, time flies! 

It was mid-October when I started this renovation and of course, my deadline was Christmas (or better yet, the Christmas home tour that my friend Marty usually hosts).

I did manage to finish most of the room, but my oh my, that final week was brutal. Sanding, painting, and putting the room together wasn't a small feat. However, I was delighted that I not only had a beautiful room but also ended up with a whole new set of skills that I never knew I could achieve. These new skills and a sense of achievement propelled me to get into more DIY projects.

Let's walk down memory line to see the transformation this room went through.


A plain room with a table, a round chandelier, and very skinny shelves that I had installed on each side of the mirror, the only storage this room possessed.

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dining table

I wanted to add lots more storage and that's how the idea of a wall-to-wall unit was born.

This was a huge project, as I've never built anything of that size. As with most big projects, they have to be tackled one step at a time.

Here I was building my very first base cabinets.
Ryobi drill and corner clamp

The cabinets were installed in the room.
dining room makeover


And soon after I was also building the counter to complete those base cabinets.
dining room makeover

I was back in the shop not long after, building a set of shelves and face frames and then installing them above the base cabinets.

top shelves

A long bench was also built and installed.
dining room makeover

A coffered ceiling was a spur-of-a-moment final project that gave this entire room a completely new look.

Cristina Garay installing coffered ceiling

Oh, I loved all those wooden tones, but yep. It was a bit too much.

DIY Built-in & coffered ceiling in dining room

The next step was the dreaded painting process. Patching holes, sanding, dusting, and priming. 

Sand, dust, and paint.

Sand, dust, and paint again. 

As stated before, this dining room makeover is the project that I'm sharing today as part of our Home & Decor Encore series, where my friends and I give new life to one post from our archives.

Big thanks to Doreen at Hymns & Verses & Lori at The Stonybrook House for organizing this group.

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1 comment :

  1. I love the coffered ceiling Thank you for the post. I look forward to reading more.
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