I love this makeover for another reason too. I realized yet again, how little you have to spend to make a space feel completely different. Other than paint, I spent very little.
1. Painted the walls Valspar Crafted White. It's a lovely neutral. Some parts of the day it's so creamy white, some parts it's almost a soft soft yellow. I love it.
2. I painted the hutch with the homemade chalk paint recipe. Mix of paint and plaster of paris. (If you missed the post, the details are all right here).
3. I used the same recipe for chalk paint for EVERYTHING. Chairs (made a goal - one per naptime!), table (base only), buffet table. ALL white chalk paint.
4. I spray painted the black mirror with white gloss spray paint. I can't even tell you what a difference that made when I hung that bad boy up in it's new look. Brightened the dining room 1000%.
5. Moved the bench we had at the "fake entry" (technically it's the dining room, but since we don't have a large foyer/entry, that's what we use. In it's place, I took a bookcase from my daughter's room (don't worry, we had a spare!;), and lined it with contact paper. That post can be read here.
6. Sold the rug, and bought a new one for not a whole lot more than we sold the old one for! Wasn't a huge expense by any means, since we had money from the old rug! (Seagrass rug from Overstock).
7. Sold the old dark curtains, made my own burlap ones (actually, did that as an update even before the big makeover began), but I added decorative tape to the trim. DIY No-sew Burlap curtains post can be read here. And trimming them with tape post here.
8. Spray painted even the freaking curtain rods white. And rings. Yes, yes I did.
9. Gave the gingham lamp shades to a friend and bought new white ones. Better Homes and Gardens line at Walmart - $2.86 a piece.
10. Made a runner from a piece of burlap (tutorial post to come very soon). $6.
11. Painted black oval mirror with white chalk paint to hang above the entry bookcase.
12. Spray painted black lamp in aqua for the bookcase.
So you get the point - paint, paint, and more paint. A few inexpensive accessories and voila! A pretty budget makeover;)
Now let's get to the fun part - the PICTURES!
Here's the old buffet table:
Ok, here's the entry before and after:
The china cabinet before and after:
I love how I can look into the dining room from the kitchen and just see it all so bright and cheerful now. Matches the happy mood of the kitchen to a T;) See what I mean?