Joanna’s Design Tips: DIY a Rustic Dining Room

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Editor’s note: Do you love Fixer Upper star Joanna Gaines’ style as much as we do? She’s offering up her design tips to help you get the rustic Magnolia Homes look she created in the dining room of this 1962 "Shingle Shack."  

When we first walked into this home’s dining room, it lacked interest and character. (See before and after photos here.) The tiles and basic beige made the room feel cold and bland. But, I knew it had potential to hold more than just a table and chairs. Here’s the finished product: 

The Dining Room After the Renovation

The Dining Room After the Renovation

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Want to recreate this room at home? Here are 3 tips to get the look.

Add Architectural Interest

You don’t need a large-scale art piece to make a big impact. Head to a salvage yard to find an old architectural piece, like the window frame on this wall, for the room’s focal point. I love how this window’s weathered wood stands out in contrast to the freshly-painted wall. The window and wreath add dimension to the wall, which makes the room more warm and inviting.

Add Color, Naturally

We kept this room’s palette neutral, adding color through natural accents. We added texture and greenery on the wall with a faux magnolia wreath, filled a white vase with flowers on the mantel and added a pop of color on the table with a wooden tray covered in bright green pears. 

Antique Books as Place Mats

Antique Books as Place Mats

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Try Unexpected Place Settings

Elevate the room’s design by creating custom place settings you can pull out when friends and family are on the way. We topped distressed white wooden chargers with aged books and white plates adding subtle texture.

See more photos of this gorgeous makeover here:

A Fresh Update for a Family Home

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See how Chip and Joanna made a bland “before” into a stunning “after.”

Curb Appeal Renaissance

Kitchen Love

More Pancakes, Please

Decidedly Casual

Meet the Homeowners

Photo By: Jennifer Boomer/ Getty Images

BEFORE

Photo By: Jennifer Boomer/ Getty Images

AFTER

Entryway, BEFORE

Entryway, AFTER

Entryway, Detail, AFTER

The Den, BEFORE

The Den, AFTER

The Den, Detail, AFTER

The Den, Detail, AFTER

The Den, Detail, AFTER

The Den, Detail, AFTER

Dining Room, BEFORE

Dining Room, AFTER

Dining Room, Detail, AFTER

Kitchen, BEFORE

Kitchen, AFTER

Kitchen, Detail, AFTER

Kitchen, Detail, AFTER

Kitchen Pass-Through, AFTER

Kitchen, Detail, AFTER

Living Room, BEFORE

Living Room, AFTER

Living Room, AFTER

Living Room, Detail, AFTER

Living Room, Detail, AFTER

Bedroom, BEFORE

Master Bedroom, AFTER

Master Bedroom, Detail, AFTER

Master Bath, AFTER

Master Bath, Detail, AFTER

Master Bath, Detail, AFTER

Master Bath, Detail, AFTER

Home Exterior, Detail, AFTER

Behind the Scenes, THE REVEAL

Behind the Scenes, THE REVEAL

Behind the Scenes, THE REVEAL

Behind the Scenes, THE REVEAL

Behind the Scenes

Behind the Scenes

Behind the Scenes

Behind the Scenes

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