Before: Dinner Party FlopKate Shaw dreams of someday owning her own restaurant — but, in the meantime, she would happily settle for a new dining room. This chef loves to entertain, but the dining room in her 1897 condo isn’t set up for elegant dinner parties. The table is wobbly and only seats four. There is no place to put serving dishes and the décor is rather bland. Shaw would love to have a sophisticated yet practical dining room where she can show off her culinary creations in style.
After: Elegant DramaWith the help of host Joan Steffend, carpenter Jeff Meyer, and less than $500, designer Joe Segovia create a hip and sophisticated dining room that is ready for some elegant entertaining.
The makeover starts by dividing the walls into thirds. The top two-thirds are painted green and the bottom third is painted black. White chair molding separates the graphic punch of lime green from the grounding, deep black.
Paint $42 and molding $45
black paint: Behr - Black Suede SH709
green paint: Dutch Boy - Always Lime, Lime Green DC336
Tables and ChairsThis chic dining set cost practically nothing to put together. The table was found in the dumpster. The secondhand chairs were $20 and the fabric remnant used to re-cover the seats was just $2. A couple of quarts of black paint for the table and the homeowner's place settings bring high style and shine to the once-mismatched dining set. The homeowner’s round rug fits perfectly underneath the set and works well with the room’s color scheme.
Table and chairs $38
paint: Behr - Black Suede SH709
Sideboard and CurtainsTo modernize it, crown molding is added around the edges before the entire piece is painted black. Then mirrors are inset into the crown molding edges. Mirrored panels are also epoxied to the front door panels. The sophisticated sideboard is then topped with the homeowner’s lamps which were updated with new crystals.
The bold curtains are made from banquet tablecloths and the tie backs are actually dog collars. A set of curtains are also hung in the entryway between the dining room and living room to help separate the two areas (see the Chandelier photo).
Buffet $113, lamp crystals $8 and curtains $60
banquet tablecloths for curtains: Bed, Bath and Beyond
dog collar for tiebacks: Target - Croc 83050257
MirrorsBeveled, mirror tiles are adhered to the wall then a frame is built to go around the tiles. Oversized buttons glued between the corners of the mirrors give them a tufted look.
mirror tiles: The Home Depot - Facets 43044210332
ChandelierTo illuminate the room, a secondhand brass light fixture is spray painted black then adorned with crystals, baubles and vintage chandelier parts. Old chandelier parts like these are a cinch to find on the Internet.
Chandelier and embellishments $60
Radiator CoverThe radiator box was put together using scrap lumber and leftover black paint from the walls. Some tabletop, garage sale frames are jazzed up with self-adhesive, chrome-style trim normally used on automobiles. Black and white floral prints contrast beautifully with the lime green walls.
Prints $25 and accessories $20