Rental Dining Room Makeover

Rental Dining Room Makeover

Dining Table Makeover

Hey folks, Happy New Year!  I hope you all had a great holiday and are in full swing on the new years resolutions?  Just before Xmas I decided that it was a good time to redo our dining room, yeah just before Xmas.  Seriously, I’m pretty sure I need help, are there support groups for people like me? 😉  The only saving grace is that for as long as we live in a rental house, the amount of projects involving changing things is very limited, if I owned my own home right now I’d definitely be tearing down walls and stuff on an almost quarterly basis!

But back to my dining room, I loved the individual pieces that were in there, we had the blue buffet and the blue hutch, unfortunately they were completely different blues that didn’t match and it had started to drive me crazy.  Initially I had put the buffet up for sale but as it didn’t get any interest (like, not one person liked it or commented! 🙁 ) I decided to keep it and just redo the entire rest of the dining room furniture as well as paint the walls, as I tend to do lol

Here is a before picture to show you what I was working with, the buffet isn’t in this picture as it’s against the other wall.


I started with moving my ‘Memory Dresser’ and record player into my lounge as the dining room was starting to feel cluttered, I then got rid of the rug, in fact it was an outdoor rug that I picked up on sale in Home Depot so it finally went outdoors on my patio.  I then decided to tackle updating the table first, and I remembered to take better pictures this time too!

I started by using CitriStrip on the top of the table to remove all of the old varnish and stain, the resulting bare wood was actually in really good condition so at this point I decided to use my new technique that I made up for my last dining table makeover and just finish this one with 3 coats of Valspar Antiquing Wax.

The finish was lovely and even a few weeks later I am still stroking my table every time I walk past as its so soft and almost velvety….again about the support groups?  I’m sure stroking tables is not normal behavior!

When I was done being a weirdo, I moved onto the hutch, I loved this thing so much, it was one of my first furniture projects and I really thought it would be with me always.  Shows how fickle I can be when it comes to repainting projects, this is now going to be a makeover of a makeover and I’m sure you’ll like the end result as much as I do.  Can you remember how it looked before?

Thrift Store Hutch Makeover

I started, as always, with applying CitriStrip to the top of the bottom piece, does that make sense? I wanted this part to match the table so I took off all of the blue paint and the varnish and stain underneath that had been painted over, I then treated this the same as the table top with the dark wax.  When this was all done, I painted over the blue paint with  two coats of Rustoleum Chalked paint in Linen.

And during all of this I also found the time and energy to paint two of the walls a light coffee color to try to warm up the room a little and also removed the crappy old plastic blinds from the back doors and added a white curtain.  With a little bit of work on the furniture and easily reversible paint on the walls it feels like I have a brand new dining room, now I just need some dinner guests!

What do you all think of the finished room?  I’m excited to hear your comments on this one 🙂

Dark Wax Dining Table

14 Thoughts to “Rental Dining Room Makeover”

  1. Awesome!!!! Very well done!!! Warm, inviting, chic, yet classic!!! 😊😊😊

  2. Absolutely gorgeous. Great job! So did you end up painting the buffet to match, too?

    1. No, I left that blue so now it’s a statement piece 😬 having a nice dining room makes me feel all grown up lol

      1. I bet! You should be proud of yourself. Everything looks beautiful. Question: do you have a light over the table? I feel like if you had some sort of antique chandelier, it would add a bit of glam to the room. But seeing as it’s a rental… just a thought.

        1. Right now I have an ugly white plastic light/fan thing, but I am looking at lights as hubby can swap it out for us and put it back when we leave 🙂

          1. Yay! Can’t wait to see it! 🙂

  3. Wood is good 🙂 Hi Kelly, I’m from the Pool, and here for the feedback. Here goes.

    Seems that you’ve already had some pretty good idea about how to maintain the look of your blog. So my only suggestion is: make yourself known, yeah, talk to strangers—leaving tracks on other people’s blogs. Starting with art-related blogs, perhaps (photography, design and such).
    Good luck! >-I

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