When It's Time to Re-Do the Dining Room
As you consider redecorating and remodeling your home, remember
that one of the most important places for a change is your
dining room. After all, this is the room where you and your
family meet each day for much-needed time together with each
other. It's a room where you often entertain friends and visitors.
Also, if you ever intend to re-sell the house, an attractive
dining room will greatly improve the overall impression the
house will make on prospective buyers. Let's take a look at
some easy ways to create a better looking dining room.
you need to decide what kind of style or look you want for
the dining room. For instance, some people prefer something
contemporary, even futuristic. Others choose to go with
something that has more of a country look and feel to it. A very popular choice these day are counter height dining sets that have a bistro feeling.
Some people want to go with safe wall colors (whites, off-whites
or ivories) while others decide to go bold, choosing colors
such as citrus orange.
you have windows in the dining room, window treatments can
also help you enhance the new look you're trying to create.
Often, you can find what you need in a home-decoration store,
but if there's nothing there that suits you, you can always
make your own. One person who opted for the citrus-orange
dining room mentioned above made her own window treatments
by sewing two extra wide panels with alternating stripes:
half tangerine orange, and half a few shades lighter. She
then added to the room art that accented the look with greens,
ivory and orange. The room was positively spectacular!
while you're in "do-it-yourself" mode, consider
painting a rug as part of your dining-room redecoration
right, paint a rug. As an example, you might begin your
project by placing on your walls a medium-green wainscoting.
Paint the wall directly above this also green, but a few
shades lighter. Now use yellows, golds and greens to create
accents. To top it off, pick out several slipcovers for
your dining-room chairs, each in the same butter-yellow
color. Once you've done all this, it's time to paint the
this part of the project, you need a sisal rug. The fabric
with a sisal is highly absorbent, and will do a better job
of absorbing the paint, giving you a more even look, and
also helping it to dry faster. As for the size, usually
8 x 10 feet will work for most dining rooms (neither too
big nor too small). For this size rug, get a gallon of paint
in each color that you plan to use. For the example room
we've been talking about, consider buying about five different
colors. These should include a medium yellow, two greens
that will match your wall's paint scheme, and a gold. Also,
you'll want to get a paint pad for each color of paint that
you buy. All of these, you should be able to get from a
local home improvement store such as Home Depot.
you're exceptionally creative, you can come up with your
own design. The rest of us, however, will need to find a
design that looks good, either in a magazine or from the
Web. Once you have the design, paint, and other supplies,
place a plastic drop cloth under the carpet. now draw the
design onto the sisal with a marker.
this is done, dip one paint pad into its corresponding color.
Press the pad into the rug fibers (Do NOT brush, just press).
Allow that color to dry overnight, then move to the next
color. After 5 nights, your design should be complete....and
now your spectacular new dining room is complete! Pro tip: a glass dining table showcases your new, upgraded rug in a great way.