My Dining Room Reveal

Remember when I shared my master bathroom remodel back in January?  Well, I discussed in that post never feeling as if the room was complete with the decorating and finishing touches so I put off sharing the end result with all of you for months and months.  Taking a house and making it a home can take plenty of time, money and hard work.  Although we are more than willing to put in the effort, it’s the time and money that can sometimes leave us limited.

Dining Room Makeover :: Happy Wife Healthy LifeWe finished painting our dining room a couple months ago now, but I haven’t felt comfortable sharing the reveal just yet.  We would still like to get a rug for under the table, a new centerpiece, finish painting the baseboards and hanging the curtain tie-backs, but life is short and I don’t want to wait even another day to show the progress we’ve made so far.  I don’t have any great ‘before’ pictures, but I thought the following would give you a glimpse into the dark gold paint that was in the room before and the new brighter blue we have now.

Dining Room Before & After :: Happy Wife Healthy Life

Dining Room Makeover :: Happy Wife Healthy LifeWhen I started researching paint colors for the dining room, light blues started standing out as a color I was drawn too.  For the most part, our downstairs is filled with neutrals of tans, beiges, whites and gray, so adding a bit of color was a new concept to me.  Although I still consider this more of a neutral canvas since it is so light, I love how it took a darkened area and completely brightened up one of my favorite rooms in the house.  Plus, the light blue is a breath of fresh air by adding a subtle pop of color.

Dining Room Makeover :: Happy Wife Healthy LifeThese table linens from Pottery Barn were the inspiration behind finding the exact blue I wanted for the walls.  I loved the classic design on the placemats and napkins, and the light blue within the pattern was the perfect shade so we just ran with it.  I purchased these linens for 40% off and am obsessed with the way the design ties the room together.

Dining Room Makeover-Pottery Barn LinensI found these ivory cotton window drapes at the Pottery Barn Outlet for more than 60% off a couple years ago and have been saving them ever since.  At first I thought they would look a little boring, but with the blue walls and patterned table linens it brings back a nice basic and neutral canvas to the room.

Dining Room Makeover :: Happy Wife Healthy LifeAlong with the blue, I really wanted to keep a southern and hint of coastal theme tied to the room.  I found this huge sea grass mirror at Home Goods and completely fell in love.  I was looking for a large rectangular mirror with a coastal appearance and it did the trick.  The best news of all though was that it was only $60! A similar mirror that is half the size at Pottery Barn is $200+.  This mirror is one of my favorite home finds for both look and price to date!

Dining Room Makeover :: Happy Wife Healthy LifeAnother favorite find of mine is this bronze curtain rod with decorative pineapple ends.

Dining Room Makeover :: Happy Wife Healthy LifeI wanted a rod with character and this one definitely has what I was looking for.  I fell in love with the subtle Southern twist it contributes to the look!  It’s funny how much charm something as simple as a curtain rod can bring to a room.  I found this rod at Target for around $40.  I purchased one for the dining room and one for my living room, which is right next to the dining room.

Dining Room Makeover :: Happy Wife Healthy LifeOther pieces I already owned includes my Crate and Barrel wine rack, which was a Christmas gift from my family that was on our wedding registry, the table and chairs set, and the pot rack my dad made for me as a Christmas present last December.

Dining Room Makeover :: Happy Wife Healthy Life

Conversation Time.

  • Are you a Home Goods shopper?  Tell me about the best piece you’ve ever found while Home Goods shopping!
  • What color pallet is your home?  Do you stick to neutrals or do you like to add pops of color to your rooms?
  • Tell me about your dining room and what you either love or would like to change about the look?


  1. Looks great!!!!!! The simple things, like a little paint and accessories, go along way to freshen up a room!!!! The color is very calm and soothing. Very nice.

    • HappyWifeHealthyLife says:

      I agree – the blue is so calm and soothing! It makes the whole room feel like new just with a simple coat of fresh paint!

  2. So pretty!! Brian and I are renters, and we are trying to figure out how we want our new place in Denver to look 🙂
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    • HappyWifeHealthyLife says:

      I think deciding and researching the ‘look’ we want in our home is half the fun! (The other half is actually completing the project ha!) Can’t wait to see what awesome ideas you come up with for your new place!

  3. It looks so great!! I definitely feel the time and money aspect trying to remodel/redecorate. Mostly that it takes time to get your money to do it, haha. We just moved into a new home, and I want to redo ALL the rooms, paint, refinish/buy furniture… just have to take it bit by bit. I’m impatient so it doesn’t help! 😉
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    • HappyWifeHealthyLife says:

      Ha ha I coudn’t agree more! We have had our house 3 1/2 years now and we have barely even touched the upstairs and the downstairs still isn’t quite finished. I am like you and can be a bit impatient waiting to save that money, but it is kind of fun to enjoy the process. I think it makes the end result that much sweeter! 🙂

  4. It looks wonderful! And I absolutely love the blue color. I’m all about light, breezy colors. What a great idea for your pots and pans storage.

    I LOVE Home Goods, but unfortunately, we don’t have one anywhere near us. It may be dangerous to my wallet though, if we did, so I guess it’s ok. 😉
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    • HappyWifeHealthyLife says:

      Thank you so much Sarah! I think deciding my color pallet for the house has been the hardest part. My poor husband has already had to paint rooms two or three times and we have only lived here 3 1/2 years! I think your first house is really about finding your own taste and design preferences so thankfully he is really patient with me! 🙂

  5. It turned out BEAUTIFUL! I love it! The table & decor are similar to ours actually. I love the light blue paint too. What are you thinking for a new centerpiece? I love the one you already have!
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    • HappyWifeHealthyLife says:

      Thank you friend!! I actually just want a new centerpiece because that is the one I have had since the winter! I want some hydrangeas or peonies in whites, creams and light blues, but I am waiting on the foliage to go on sale at Hobby Lobby! They are cheap per stem when HL runs 50% off sales, but full priced is a little more than I like to spend if I don’t have to!

  6. I LOVE Home Goods! I find tons of great stuff there. One of my favorite pieces is a pretty little tea cup. It’s beautiful and the perfect size for my morning cappuccino!

    • HappyWifeHealthyLife says:

      Ahh me too! It can be so dangerous to just go to Home Goods to ‘browse’, but they seriously have the best stuff! Oh I love dainty little coffee cups! It makes the coffee/espresso drinking experience that much more special!

  7. It looks beautiful! I love the pots and pans hanging on the wall!
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    • HappyWifeHealthyLife says:

      Thank you so much! My dad actually made me the pots and pans rack for Christmas last year. It is so unique and I love how it shows my pans off almost like wall art! 🙂

  8. Looks beautiful. You have done a great job.

    • HappyWifeHealthyLife says:

      Thank you! You will have to come see the house again soon, it has been awhile since you visited last! Love you! 🙂


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