My $100 Dining Room Makeover Reveal

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$100 Dining Room Makeover Reveal

The big day is finally here for my $100 dining room makeover reveal! I have been working with fervor for two solid weeks. Isn’t it amazing what you can accomplish when you know you have a deadline?

In case you are just jumping in here today, a few months ago my friends and I decided to challenge each other to makeover a room with a budget of only $100. You read that correctly, $100 and not a penny more. If you haven’t already, I would love for you to take the time to read My Dining Room Makeover post where I laid out the design plan and shared before pictures.

$100 Room Makeover Blog Hop

I have a confession to make before we get started. I am as nervous as a junior high kid on the first day of school who has no idea who she will sit with in the cafeteria.

Sharing a furniture project with you is scary enough but an entire room is absolutely making my hair even curlier.

I had a few challenges along the way and a couple of things didn’t turn out quite as I had planned but I must say overall, I love the way everything turned out. I hope you will too.

Where I spent my money.

I know the burning question in your mind right now is, how much did she spend? Did she go over? The answer is…$83.14!!!!!

Here’s the breakdown.

$30-3 drop cloths

$24- one bag of Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint in Linen

$2.99- fabric trim from Hobby Lobby

$3.59- fall leaves, also from Hobby Lobby (40% off)

$22.16- styling items which include Granny Smith Apples, Two Buck Chuck, 2 fresh flower bouquets, and 4 mini white pumpkins.

Can you believe it? Β The key for coming in under budget was using supplies I had on hand and re-purposing the artwork already in my room.

So without further ado, let’s take the grand tour of my new and improved dining room.

The Dining Room Makeover Reveal.

First, let me refresh your memory with a full room before shot. There wasn’t really anything wrong the room, it just wasn’t my room. As I explained in a previous post, our home was a model that we purchased fully furnished. The artwork, wine rack, chandelier, and curtains were all chosen by the designer.

Dining room makeover preview of the $100 Room Makeover Challenge.

The Chandelier.

The first project I tackled was the chandelier. I used paint I had leftover from my lamp projectΒ to give it a fresh look. It took a little getting used to the first couple of days but I must admit it’s almost my favorite thing in the room now.

Dining Room Makeover Reveal

Super Fancy Drop Cloth Curtains.

The second project was sewing the drop cloth curtains. I have a no-sew version in my office and I have completely fallen head over heels in love with the old world look they lend. I am not a seamstress by any stretch of the imagination. I had to overcome my fear of using my sewing machine in order to stay within my budget. I absolutely could not be any happier with how they turned out. They are my favorite part of the room now. You can find out how I made them in this post.

I had to stand on a chair in my living room just to get a full-length shot of these. πŸ™‚

Dining Room Makeover Reveal complete with drop cloth curtains.


A Drop Cloth Runner.

I had enough fabric leftover from the panel I used to make the valance with so I decided to make a drop cloth runner complete with tassel trim on the ends.

Dining Room Makeover Reveal


The Dining Room Chairs.

Painting these chairs has been an item on my list for 2 years now. This challenge gave me the push I needed to finally get it done. The table (built by my silent partner) has a Kona stain by Rustoleum on the top, the legs and apron are finished in Vanille by Maison Blanche, sealed with a light brown wax. I knew it would be a little tricky to match the finish. Β $38 dollars was NOT in my budget for paint. I decided to go with Linen by Miss Mustard Seed. It has a slightly creamy finish. Β It took 3 coats. I sealed them with clear wax but I still felt they were just too white. I boldly hit them with antique wax to give them a gloriously grungy look.

Dining Room Makeover Reveal.

The Dragonfly Artwork.

Turning these two pictures into chalkboards proved to be the most challenging project of the entire makeover. I didn’t really have enough traditional black chalkboard paint in my supply stash so I decided to use milk paint. We’ll chat about how I did this another day.

I decided to go dark with 2 coats of my leftover chalk mix paint in Virtual Taupe, sealed with dark brown antique wax. As of this minute, I’m still on the fence with how they turned out. One second I love them, and the next I’m like meh.

Dining Room Makeover RevealΒ Dining Room Makeover Reveal

The Vintage Spindle Leg Table.

You may remember this little table that I completely stripped down and restored with hemp oil. She found aΒ new place to hang out in the corner of the room almost as if she had always been there.

Dining Room Makeover Reveal

The Tablescape.

The main reason I decided to go with a primarily neutral color scheme was just so I could change out my tablescape whenever I felt like it.

I was craving color while I shopped for fresh flowers at Trader Joe’s and these had to come home with me.

Who can have a fall table without pumpkins?

I picked up the galvanized tray during my Magnolia Market visit last summer. The little fabric pumpkin I found 4 years ago at Kirkland’s. He is just my favorite.

Dining Room Makeover Reveal

Dining Room Makeover Reveal

Dining Room Makeover Reveal

Dining Room Makeover Reveal



I had so much fun creating this “champagne room on just my Kool-Aid budget” and I feel like it’s actually a reflection of my design style.

My $100 Dining Room Makeover using a little paint, my sewing machine, and a whole lot of coffee is done.

I am going to grab a cup of coffee and maybe a cookie while I check out what all my other talented friends did with $100. I hope you will do the same.


This dining room makeover is in the books!

Armed with paint, a sewing machine, and a whole lot of coffee, I gave my dining room a makeover with a budget of only $100.

Your exhausted sister in paint. πŸ™‚

Just click on the links below to see more makeover inspiration.

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  1. misstoni65 says:

    Lisa, I’ve been nervous the past few days too, excited really. I’m not sure why this time is different from any other project I’ve shared. But it’s a good nervous πŸ™‚

    I just love every part of your dining room. The chairs turned out lovely and they match the table perfectly. Those new curtains really brighten up the whole room, and the runner ties it all together. You did so awesome with your sewing machine πŸ™‚

    Great job girl!

  2. Sarah says:

    Lisa – where do I start?! I love everything you did here! The chandy is fantastic; your chairs turned out so great with that hit of dark wax on them; your curtains make me wanna run out and get more drop cloths and your chalkboards are beyond cute! And don’t even get me started on your tablescape. GIRL. Those place settings and your centerpiece are so homey and inviting. I wanna come over for dinner and coffee! πŸ˜€ Standing ovation, Hun!!

  3. Kim says:

    I am so over the moon with this whole room! Those chars give me all the butterflies, they are beautiful, and that sweet little pumpkin is so handsome! The whole room looks brighter and I will be over for dinner tonight. πŸ˜‰

  4. Denise says:

    Lisa…the chandelier is beautiful and I love how your chairs turned out. Smart thinking on keeping it all neutral and changing out the centerpiece. I love all the details you included on your room makeover. Beautiful job as always!

  5. Pat Lingner says:

    Your dining room makeover is fantastic! My favorite item, the curtains! Of course the table runner is an added bonus! The painted light, the painted chairs, everything is just awesome! Can’t wait to hear about the chalk boards. Great job!

  6. sherrygcole says:

    I am with you. I loved doing the challenge because it made me finally paint the pieces of furniture that I had been wanting to do. Your dining room turned out beautiful and I love that you included fall decor in your tablescape. Great job!

  7. Sam @ Raggedy Bits says:

    Lisa, I love all that you have done in your dining room! Your chandelier turned out awesome and I just love your tablescape! Your plates are adorable!! I love the writing on them. I bet you are tickled pink as it’s now yours!!

  8. Kimm at Reinvented says:

    What a beautiful room, Lisa! I think the chandelier is my favorite thing, but those curtains are pretty amazing too! LOVE your style, and girl, you are a genius with a $100 bill. Have a relaxing weekend, you deserve it!

  9. Susie says:

    Great job! As I was enjoying the tour…I kept thinking…so when’s dinner? LOL…. But seriously, you have a great eye for detail and design. Love this room to the moon and back. Susie from Chelsea Project

  10. Mary-The Boondocks Blog says:

    Wow Lisa the makeover was a huge success. I absolutely love those chairs. Painting them white makes a huge difference. As does painting that chandelier which literally pops out now. The curtains are opulent and gorgeous.

  11. Cynthia Chilson Finger says:

    Wow … a room makeover for under $100 … gotta love that! I think my favorite is the painted chandelier … you’ve inspired me to paint my own, which I’ve been putting off for years. Thanks for the inspiration! Cynthia

  12. Debbie says:

    Those must be the buttons you were talking about. I may have commented somewhere else, but…I just love your curtains. They are my most favorite thing of all.

  13. Sandra Garth says:

    Drop cloth curtains, wow! You wore your creative hat very well and your dining room is very pretty. Thank you for sharing with us this week at Celebrate Your Story, have a great weekend!

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