Dining Room Reveal

It’s been five months since we moved into our new house and we have made a lot of progress.  I haven’t done any reveal posts yet simply because I haven’t felt like any one room is really done.  But then I realized — this is me!  I will never think anything is done — so get on and show off what we have accomplished so far!

The most “done” room at this point is our dining room.  Let’s remember what it looked like when we bought the house.

Dining Room 3

Dining Room 1

Dining Room 2

So there was a lot to do!  Strip all the wallpaper and borders, paint the walls, remove chair rail and paint that, remove the mirrors and wooden shutters… the list goes on!  The wallpaper was SO hard to get off in this room! It was really stuck on there.  I made me seriously consider – could I live with this??  But alas – we got it all down!

So here is what our dining room looks like now ….drumroll….imagine Niecy Nash of Clean House is about to pull off your blindfold…


We painted the walls a pale yellow and the trim and chair rail a bright white.  We removed the mirrors and the wooden storm doors.


We actually kept the green on the butler door to the kitchen – not sure if it will stay forever – I am trying it out!


We installed two wooden shelves to the left of the patio doors.


Under the shelves is an antique wooden desk for Olivia (mine from my childhood.) The small wicker bin next to the ice box has all of her arts & crafts supplies for when she wants to draw at her desk.


We also removed the wooden shutters off the window.  Still on the to-do list – hang the broom (the one Larry and I jumped at our wedding)  over entrance to the living room.  The big wicker basket under the window is filled with Olivia’s play food and toy kitchen items, because this is not a magazine shoot, I actually live here, and I have a toddler who has more stuff than you can even imagine!


After living in our house for a few months, I realized that I was always using my laptop at the dining room table.  It is a great place to spread out all of my things – whether bill paying, blogging, or doing things for work.  I began to think that maybe I wanted my desk to be in the dining room.  Then I remembered this old bookcase and thought – this will be great for all my cookbooks and the larger shelf in the middle can serve as a work station. So this is where I keep my laptop, magazines, and my home organizational binder.  Everything is right at my finger tips and easy to move to the large table when I work.

When I placed the bookcase in the corner, I immediately remembered the cover to one of my HGTV magazines. I think I want to redo this bookcase like this one.  What do you think?

HGTV Magazine - White and Yellow Bookcase

What’s still left to do in this room?

A curtain for the window (maybe a yellow gingham one I have from Olivia’s nursery), wall switch plates for the light switches (I saw beautiful ceramic ones at the Philadelphia Art Museum – but they were quite pricey), hang a few more pictures, with a few lower on the wall near Olivia’s desk so she can see some art at her eye level, and possibly redoing that bookcase.

What do you think?  This is my first “reveal” post so I hope you like it!  Leave me a comment and let me know!



25 thoughts on “Dining Room Reveal

  1. Angela says:

    Looks beautiful, Maureen! It’s amazing how much more open the space is with a nice, pale colored paint instead of intricate wall paper. I see your green accent color has made an appearance!

    • Maureen says:

      Thanks Angela – I think the room looks so much bigger too. I also changed the direction of the table which makes more room on either side of the room.

  2. Maria says:

    I love it! You did a great job. I love how you incorporated your style with things for Olivia, because like you said it isn’t a magazine shoot and you live there with a little girl who owns more than you. That is how Joe and I are now that we moved from a 3 story home into a 3 room apartment. It looks like Lainie’s toy store. I love the art you have hung already, especially the Seurat print-it’s my favorite 🙂 Can’t wait to see what else you accomplish!

    • Maureen says:

      Thanks Maria! It is so true how much stuff kids have – and it never matches the decor at all! I try to find bins and baskets that at least blend with the room in order to hold all of Olivia’s stuff.

  3. Dana says:

    I love everything about it! The color scheme, the butler door!, the french doors, open shelving, antique ice chest, everything! Looks fabulous. And I know what you mean, a room never feels finished…but that is the fun of it, right?

  4. Lisa Loeb says:

    Maureen, what a great job! I do a lot with color, too, and I think the high gloss white is the key to making a room pop. I think the hutch needs a big (fake?) ivy plant on top in a white basket. Then, you could do a few real ivy plants here and there to tie it all in together. I remember how beautiful your parents’ home was and I like how you’ve developed your own style!

    • Maureen says:

      thanks Mrs Loeb!! an ivy in a white basket would be perfect… it would have to be fake because i have the opposite of a green thumb!!! Mom always had a beautiful home – I aspire to give Olivia the same – I was so lucky!!! Love seeing the pics of your kids on Facebook – Hannah is a perfect composite of you and Mr Loeb!

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