Perking up the Dining Room!

Our dining room was one of the very first rooms we decorated when we moved into our house seven years ago.  It is now looking pretty tired and in need of some serious updating.  (It doesn’t help of course that for the best part of last year our dining room was used as storage whilst we had major building work done.)  The wallpaper is dirty and torn, the light fitting is hideous (I think I chose it because it was cheap) and there is just a general mass of clutter everywhere. One of the biggest problems with our dining room is that because it’s the first room you come to after you walk through the front door it tends to become a bit more a dumping ground and is often treated as more of an over sized entrance hall with a table in it than an actual dining room.  We have a chest of drawers full of hats, scarves, shoes and general rubbish, Amy’s pushchair and her SmarTrike (as we have no usable garage or utility this is the only place they can be stored).

Cluttered Billy book shelves

When we first decorated our dining room we discovered that the plaster wasn’t in a great condition and as we weren’t really in a position to do anything about that at the time we made the best of it and decorated the room wtih a textured wall paper to try and disguise the lumpy bumpy walls which we then painted in a neutral creamy colour (Egyptian Cotton if I remember rightly).  Seven years down the line I now know that the room doesn’t just need skimming as I first thought but in reality we are going to have to strip the plaster completely and do a full re-plastering.  There seems to be a bit of a damp issue at the front of the house which Dad says we will solve by injecting the walls.

Re-plastered wall - damp patch

So much as I really want to redecorate my dining room and give it a fresh new look, realistically there is no point doing this until my Dad has the time to sort out the damp issues and we have the money to pay for the plastering – this could be quite some time.

In the meantime I’m focusing on the little things I can do to brighten the room and perk things up a bit!

I’ve always loved our gallery wall but it needed a bit of an update – for a start there is no evidence of a third child.  A third child who is sneaking up on being two years old!  Shameful!  So I’ve been out and bought a new picture frame so that Amy’s little face could be included up there, I just need to get a picture of her printed out for that now!

Our dusty old light fitting (with it’s one working bulb) is to be replaced with this beauty (Cream pendant from Lighting Majestic) when Dave has the time to get it sorted out and fitted:

The shelves have had a good old sort out and look a lot less cluttered now. . .

Billy book shelves and malm chest of drawers

. . . and I’ve sorted out the chest of drawers and am trying hard not to dump stuff on them!  (Probably best you don’t look inside them of course!)

faux yellow tulips

What else would you do to our dining room to give it a bit of life back?

*Disclaimer – We have been provided with the new light fitting free of charge for the purposes of inclusion in this post.  All thought and opinions remain our own*



  1. Sian - The Mama Story
    August 29, 2015 / 10:31 pm

    Love the handprint print! And the lampshade. We have those dining room chairs! I'm thinking of painting them with chalk paint as I'm a bit over wood so that might be an idea.

    • August 30, 2015 / 9:27 am

      Good thinking! I'm very much of the same attitude at the moment – wanting everything lighter and brighter than all that IKEA oak veneer allows! Let me know how it goes if you do it!

  2. August 29, 2015 / 9:38 pm

    You have made a huge improvement already. I desperately need new lights in both my living room and dining room, I bought a similar cheap set when I moved in!
    I absolutely love the handprint canvas, that is such a lovely idea.
    I would put some fairy lights along the top of the bookcase, but I'm fairy light obsessed!

    • August 30, 2015 / 9:30 am

      It's quite a while since we did the handprints so Amy isn't on there – I often think we should do another one.

  3. August 30, 2015 / 10:06 pm

    That handprint canvas is gorgeous and it has made such a difference just tidying up! x

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