If you saw one of my previous posts, I’m trying to get rid of all the dark decor in our home and brighten things up. I started with the entryway. You can see that full project here.
Now it’s time to move to the eating area.
Here it is before.
So much dark brown. Although, if we were ever to have had a flood, my curtains would have been ready!
I started with the wall and replaced the dark toned artwork for brighter, lighter art. I recently shared that project here if you want to see how I made the frames.
Then on to this chest.
I just used white paint that I had and painted the chest and drawers.
I was going to buy a new lamp but decided to play around with the one I had first. I just painted the base of it metallic silver. I’ve never painted a fabric lampshade before but gave it a shot. I painted a light layer of white primer on the brown shade and, after that dried, I painted a couple coats of blue paint.
Then I just swapped out the brown curtains with some white ones that I had.
The only problem with this door is that all standard curtains are too short for it. Lengthening them is definitely a project I will have to tackle later.
The final touches were painting the dark star metallic silver to match the lamp base and swapping out a rustic, wood mirror with this more modern, silver one.
And that was it.
By swapping out items I already had and just painting what was already there, I was able to brighten up this area very easily and inexpensively.
Here was the room before.
Nothing drastic but it completely lifted the mood of the room for us.
Now on to the next unsuspecting room in my house….
Thanks for reading!
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Practical, pretty, and perfect, Jill! I love lighter tones to brighten, lighten, and enlarge my space. Thanks for more inspiration 🙂
Anytime 🙂 Thanks for reaching out!
I love these ideas! So simple but they look great!
Great job! Certainly does make the room brighter! Love the comment about the curtains and the possible flood! My curtains would suffer the opposite in the event of a flood because of the hem coming undone and me being too lazy to fix it.
ha ha curtains are so big and bulky, i think they are hard to work with. Easier to commit a decorative faux pas than deal with it sometimes 🙂
I have been debating doing a couple pieces in white, I get nervous every time and never do it… I have officially been re-motivated!! Thanks
Absolutely love it!!! Its seriously amazing what a little bit of paint can do…. That’s our winter goal… Make our house look better inside with a few buckets of paint 😉
Great job, the room looks so much brighter now!
This looks great, with just a few changes you really were able to get the rooms to pop! So bright! I need to try these ideas.
please do 🙂
I love the changes you made! It’s very bright and airy.
You inspire me!
love the look!
I always LOVE what you do! What a nice refresh!
Thanks you! 🙂
Hello Maggie! Your dinning room looks beautiful! I’m inspired to paint mine now 😉
Do it 🙂