Budget-Friendly Dining Room Updates From Expert Designers

We asked. They answered. Expert designers share what to buy if you only have $200.

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Hide CaptionShow CaptionDesigner Gina Fitzsimmons knows that fabric and paint is all you need to create a stunning transformation in the dining room.
Gina Fitzsimmons, Fitzsimmons Design Associates:
Give your dated dining room a lift by painting the dining chairs a fun contrasting color to the table. Purchase three yards of fabric and staple gun the new fabric on the seats. Paint the wall behind the buffet the same contrasting color for an accent wall. With the remaining money, sew a table runner from the same fabric that is on the dining seats, grab a large bowl from the kitchen and fill it with something seasonal like pine cones, fruit or Christmas balls.

Check out more of Gina's traditional design style on Designers' Portfolio.