Dining Room Update

Hey friends! Our dining room is a huge part of our home. Growing up in my parents house we used the dining room on Christmas day and that was pretty much it. Brian and I host constantly so I want this to be a room that people enjoy spending a lot of time in. There are few things that bring more joy to our lives than seeing memories being made in our home.

That being said, our dining room needed a much needed face lift. If I haven’t said it before, I HATE the wall color that the bank painted our home. Don’t get me wrong, I’m so thankful I didn’t have to deal with another persons insane color choices or wall paper from the 80’s. The paint we have is a step above all that. However, if I had to describe it, I would say it’s a dingy white paint and chalk mixture. If I’m wearing black I avoid grazing the walls because it will leave a chalky residue on my clothes. So annoying. Not to mention it looks kind of dirty. Here are some before pictures.

This space looked dull in comparison to my dreams of a warm space that people would have a hard time leaving.

So let me just brag for a second about the most outstanding husband in the world… Brian is a stud. We volunteered to host Thanksgiving this year and I got the brilliant idea we need to paint the dining room in order for Thanksgiving to be perfect. Brian didn’t say a word, he grabbed his paint brush started to help. We started on Monday night and did most of the trim. Tuesday we decided that I was insane and we needed a pro to help. So Brian went out to Home Depot and picked up a paint gun. Let me tell you… if you don’t have one, INVEST. It is the most amazing tool in the universe. I thought I was excited about my sander, I’m in love with this paint gun. We covered the walls in 20 mins and if we knew what we were doing or had a strategy, we would have been able to paint the whole room in one night.

Check it out.

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You need to give yourself about 16 inches of buffer space, but this saved us HOURS and it was fun to use!

Here’s the final result!

It looks so fresh and warm. The paint color is Wheat Bread by Behr.

Diamond Accent Wall

This was the very first project I did to make our new house feel like home! Admittedly, I was really excited to do something adventurous because I was finally the boss of my own space -minus Brian. This was fun and simple and it took two days! Here’s the finished product…

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I would recommend doing this on a wall that has very little interruptions. Avoid weird shaped walls, fireplaces, and tons of vents and electrical outlets (square walls are definitely the easiest to work with). The fewer the obstacles, the simpler it is to do this! This wall is in our family room.

Here’s how it’s done.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Willing Husband
  • 1 Roll of painters tape
  • 1 pint of Behr Waterscape from Home Depot.

Starting from the top right corner, make a mark every 24 inches. From the bottom right corner, mark every 12 inches. These are going to be your guides.

Take the painters tape and tape off the wall like you would for regular paint job. Then start to lay it out diagonally. It’s easier to start in one direction, move all the way across the wall. Then go back and do the opposite diagonal direction on top. Doing a basket type weave with the tape is only going to get annoying and make it difficult to adjust the tape. YOU WILL NEED TO ADJUST THE TAPE. Make sure it’s not bowing and you have straight lines.  When you’re finished it will look like this…

FullSizeRender copyDisclaimer: even after you adjust the tape, it will never be perfect. The good news is the wall is so busy, no one will ever notice.

Make sure all the tape is completely adhered to the wall, if there are bubbles or creases the paint will find its way in there!

You’re ready to paint!

Let the paint dry 90% of the way before taking the tape off. Don’t wait until it’s completely dried or the paint can chip when you’re taking the tape off!

Enjoy!