Sunday, January 29, 2012

A $40 Dining Room Update

Hi All! 
Hope you had a great weekend!  We were busy with a celebration for a soon-to-be 10 year old.  I will share my 8+ hour cake decorating story tomorrow. 
But I wanted to show you our dining room makeover that cost us $40.  Yup, that is all and it made a great impact.
And was easy.
Can it get better than that? Cheap & Easy!!
About 5 years ago, I decided to use some new product that left a metallic sheen.  So I painted in a brownish color and then applied the product on top.  I hated it from day one but it took a lot of time (rookie) and cost way to much money, so I left it as it was for a long, long time.
Last week Hubby was game to finally tackle this room!  Yeah, I love a project when someone else joins in and does the work.
Here it is in all its glory.
It was such a simple update that really transformed the room. 
Here are the details:
  • 4- 8ft sections of primed poplar trim            less than $40
  • Compound Miter Saw
  • Elmer’s Wood Glue
  • Trim Paint
We measured the wall and decided to take the easy approach.  We cut the trim into even squares.  For the first square we found the center and arrived on a height based on outlets and registers and our preference.  Then the rest of the squares were installed following the same method.
A little wood glue on the back of the trim helped position it.
The walls were primed and painted with the trim paint used throughout the house.  Once the trim was installed using a pneumatic nail gun, Hubby back caulked with painters caulk.  This step makes all the difference.  Caulk is your friend.
Once all completed, another coat of paint finished it off.
Let’s revisit the before & after.
Ahh, so much better!
Of course now this gal is exploring hardwood floors to completely finish off the room.
It never ends!
Cheers to the start of a great week!

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Wanda said...

It looks beautiful! amazing what you can do with $40.00 and your creativity. Love it.

At The Picket Fence said...

Love it! I did the same thing in our dining room last year and it makes such a big difference. Great job! :-)

Jen Lossing, The Consigner Designer said...

This is awesome. Thought you put whole new paneling up. But upon further reading realized it is trim. Love Love love it! Great job!

dee dee said...

Beautiful transformation!
Make the room pop!
Dee Dee

Pat@Life At Lydias House said...

What a fantastic job you did! I love the transformation!

Kammy's Korner said...

Wow, what a HUGE difference that made!!!! Beautiful!

Linda @ it all started with paint said...

That is amazing ...

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the cape on the corner said...

great update! it's so much brighter and lighter in there now.

Cathy Wall said...

Fabulous! Nice hubby to be a partner in crime!
Cathy @ Room Rx

Sarah said...

What a huge difference! Love it! said...

What a huge difference and soooo economical! I would love for you to share it at this weeks Meet Me Monday party! I party with many of the girls that you partied with. You can find my button on their parties. Would love to have you but so glad I found you either way! Love, Me

BerryMorins Bits & Tips said...

What an affordable and beautiful way to update a room. Great job!

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

Oh what a great update! Really pretty!

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Looks fantastic- I have made wainscot for my kitchen and hall too~ love it- thanks for linking up at Feathered Nest Friday!

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