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Stark to Old World Dining Room

Emely Romero considers her dining room a decorating challenge. After three different paint colors and no success, she's decided she needs professional design help to get her room in order.

Before

Emely Romero considers her dining room a decorating challenge. After three different paint colors and no success, she's decided she needs professional design help to get her room in order.

The Dilemma

Host Kristan Cunningham arrives at Emely Romero's home to investigate the dining room. Currently, the space has stark white walls and is overcrowded with mismatched furniture. Romero wants her guests to feel welcome in the space instead of retiring to the living room. She would like to swap the old blinds on the windows for some fabric shades. The outdated ceiling fan/light fixture needs to be replaced and the walls should be filled with color. Also, the current storage units are too bulky for the space.

After

The Solution

The team creates an Old World design to dress up Romero's dining room. Here's how they do it:

  • The walls are striped in a two-step paint process using an olive green color. The base coat is applied at 100 percent; after it dries, the same color is darkened 50 percent and used to create the stripes.

  • Design coordinator Dave Sheinkopf purchases new dining chairs and reupholsters the seats. He pops out the seat cushions, removes the existing fabric and replaces it with a plaid pattern that coordinates with the Old World theme.

  • Cunningham creates custom valances to go over new rattan shades, which both add an understated sophistication to the room while taming the excessive natural light. More window treatment ideas>>

  • The ceiling fan is removed and replaced with the freshly-renovated chandelier and an ornamental ceiling medallion.

  • Design coordinator Spencer Anderson constructs two matching corner units out of 3/4-inch birch plywood. The pieces are perfect for storing Romero's flatware.

  • Accessories include an iron plate rack, decorative plates and a trio of pretty plants set upon an elegant iron tray table.

  • The bare wood floor is dressed up with an Old World-style area rug full of color and intricate pattern.

  • The Cost

    Furniture - $496

    • wood dining chairs: Hotel Surplus Outlet

    Accessories and lighting - $352

    • Tuscan dinner plate: Z Gallerie - Autumn Acorn Dinner Plate, 409827269
    • potted plants, gold pitcher: Mainly Seconds
    • white ceiling medallion: Lowe's - White/33953
    • decorative plate: Linens 'n Things - Rustico 11" Dinner Plate, 048552600118
    • floor rug: Ariana Trading Co.
    • tray table: Pier 1 - Bronze/1979831/1970828

    Fabrics and window treatments - $120

    • dining chair fabric: Michael Levine
    • bamboo window shades: Pier 1 - 1851396

    Paint and supplies - $30

    • wall paint: Benjamin Moore - Wethersfield Moss HC-110

    Project Total - $998

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