Okay so the dining room now looks like this
It was a long process though
When we looked at my house, the dining room really bothered me but I knew we could fix it because it was only cosmetic. The wallpaper, wall color, light fixture, and scratched up floors made me hate the room.
It started with the chandelier. We took it down and primed and painted it with oil rubbed bronze spray paint. I replaced its light bulbs and hung it back up
We moved on to painting next and used a historically accurate teal color from Lowes. I painted the top portion of the wall dark teal and love it.
We decided to wallpaper the bottom half where the wallpaper was up from the previous owner. I couldn't remove it without seriously damaging my plaster walls. I bought some paintable textured wallpaper from Target in a damask pattern and went to town with dh. If I were to do it again, I'd pick a smaller pattern. We wasted a lot of wallpaper getting the design correct but it was our first wallpaper job and I'm happy with how it turned out.
We painted the wallpaper white after we put it up and sealed the seams with paintable caulk. It helped give the wallpaper a seamless look. We also put up wood trim between the painted section and the wallpapered section.
We decided we didn't like the floor and I went through a stage of painting the floor. It's a good idea in theory but my floor didn't like it. Whatever was on there made it so the paint didn't stick and we had to sand it or replace the floor. We decided it couldn't get much worse so let's sand and stain and see what happens.
The floor started out like this.
And not that you can see it well, but the floor was chipping. Whatever was previously used was more like paint and was instead of stain. it looked awful in spots. So we rented a sander and sanded, stained, and polyed the floors ourselves. Which led us to this
I love the room so much more now and feel like it goes better with my 1920s house. Now I just have to get the rest of the rooms in shape too. I already did the ( front living room
), but there are a lot more rooms in this house to make pretty!
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