Dining Room Makeover

July 28, 2011 |  by  |  Blog, DIY

Since we moved to our new place a month ago, I’ve been pretty overwhelmed with the amount of work that place needed! We had so much stuff, that I couldn’t find a place for (yet)! We downsized quite a bit to be able to live in the city again, but … it was well worth it! I am just not a country girl at all!

Lucky me, I had some good friends and great helpers to get me through the chaos. After moving boxes and furniture from one room to the other, back and forth for days, we finally started to tackle the dining room. Angela, my awesome friend and paintress stood by my side and we did our down-and-dirty best, to make this room livable again.

Are you ready?! It’s not pretty!

“I believe in small spaces; a place where comfort, beauty and practicality can all co-exist in harmony. Any fool can make things bigger and more complex, but it takes a touch of genius to move in the opposite direction.” – Thoreau & Gower

This room was used as a bedroom before, it actually doesn’t even have a door, it also looks more like a sun room or a closed balcony and is pretty small and narrow. It has a window on the left side, that leads to the living room, and two different sized windows on the right side.

The pictures were taken, when the old tenants still lived there.

Getting the basics done:

Fresh coat of paint, hanging the mirror (with help from the guys, that thing was too darn heavy!). The mirror will make the room look more spacious.

Our big ol’ dining table didn’t fit, so we had to go for smaller with Ikea’s VIKA AMON/ VIKA CURRY for sweet $53.99!

We also took the window out on the left, with the intention to make some kind of bar/storage for my many glasses and vintage bottles…(I have a DIY post planned for this).

Since we have very little space here, I decided to hang some extra chairs on the wall, huge space saver! I found the chairs at a second hand store $4.99 pc.

Hook | IKEA BLECKA $4.99/ two pack

Getting into the details:

I needed a chandelier, and since I had an old pulley and mason jars, I came up with this:

Here is the Vintage Pulley Chandelier DIY

Pillow World Market | Rattan Chairs IKEA ‘HAROLA‘ | Blinds IKEA

Candle Holders from the Fleamarket

The end result is this:

This is it, hope you like it! I was thinking of painting vertical black block stripes on the back wall, what do you guys think?

Enjoy your evening! Thanks so much Design*Sponge and AT for featuring my makeover;-)


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//xoxo, Sibylle//

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  1. Wow what a fantastic transformation, every space is used perfectly. I love the hanging chairs just adds so much character to the space
    Lisa recently blogged..Easy Stepping Stones

  2. wow! what a fabulous makeover!
    would’nt suggest the black stripes though… the fresh whitewash looks delicious… :-D and you can keep changing the flowers and cushions and stuff to suit the occasion!
    came across yr blog from sunday suppers and loved it!

  3. What a great transformation and brilliant use of a small space. I like the black and white with the natural wood/rattan plus the pop of colour. Well done!
    Nina recently blogged..Smells like home…

  4. Looks lovely, love the chairs on the wall and the airy black and white look. I think the stripes would be too heavy, how about first of all, a shade of black, like grey, and stencil some kind of pattern that relates to the pillow, or something lace like would be great too. Or how about adhering some doileys to the wall as stencils and doing something in light grey. It’s always much easier to give advice than to do it when it’s your place! all the best!
    sara recently blogged..Kid’s Craft: Jars Decoupaged With Printed Tissue Paper

  5. I’m with Sara, I thing black stripes would be too heavy. Your room is lovely and I woud’nt change a thing. I’m commenting all the way from Hendersonville, TN!
    Is your new place in NYC? I was there a couple of weeks ago for a mission trip. I’ve been serveral times and would move there in a heart beat. Alas though, hubby won’t come!

    • No, I am in Canada :-) but would love NY!! I guess the black stripes are a no go;-) maybe I can photoshop them in the picture and see how it looks.

  6. I’m soo glad you’re posting again…I’ve missed my daily dose of lovely-ness from you while you moved.

    I love this room & all of your idea’s really and I’m guessing there’s an IKEA store near you???

    I just spied some wooden chairs in a lady garage sale area that she’s had for last 3 weeks, maybe I can get a sweet deal :)


    ps… I just created a blog & need followers if you could help out…I know I need to post soon.

  7. Looove it! What an amazing transformation!
    Nicki recently blogged..Vintage Photos

  8. This is simply stunning – fabulous, fabulous job.

  9. This looks so good! I’m hopping over from Shabby Creek Cottage :)

    I absolutely love your diy chandelier!!

    I checked our your home tour images as well and they are gorgeous!

    I’m working on a blog series showcasing people’s homes that aren’t necessarily pro decorators. Want to show people that you don’t have to be a pro or have a million dollar budget to make your home beautiful. Would looove to feature your place! Let me know if you’re interested :)

  10. Couple things I want to be:

    1] The girl who has an old pulley hanging around [then, you know, literally hanging around]

    2] The girl that finds sweet deals on chairs [then knows what wondrous thing to do with them]

    Thank you for rocking out – making what would have a been a so-so bedroom into a so-fab dining room [and for sharing!!]
    Jayca @ *cart-wheels* recently blogged..365 Days of Coffee [behind the scenes]

  11. You are ah-mazing!! I love this room!! You did such a great job!! I can’t even name my fave part…I am speechless!!
    Angie @ The Country Chic Cottage recently blogged..Make your Own Stamps with Yarn or Pipe Cleaners

  12. WOW… your dining room looks so beautiful. Considering that you had a very small space and a lot of things to fit in… I would say you have done a remarkable job. About the vertical lines, if I would have been in your place, I would have been so happy and content with that room that I would have not done anything more. But you have an awesome taste, go ahead and do it if you want to. I am sure it would look good. :)
    And yes, Ikea rocks!! :D

    Tanya Anurag recently blogged..At ‘Designing Life’ and More…

  13. Sibylle LOVE your makeover! It has that perfect vintage touch!

  14. I love the pops of pink! Great job!

  15. Great work on this project. I vote NO on the black stripes. I would prob go with an outdoors color, like pale turqoise or pale sage green, but that’s just me. Sage green is nice because it’s kind of silvery green, not mint green…I would like birch bark wallpaper….how about black trim where the walls meet the ceiling?? Good idea, to give the high ceiling a finished look. And a black chair rail….and paint the trim where the floor meets the ceiling black, too, but not the heater-thing. Just some ideas I have. Like your post.

  16. What a great makeover! It’s such a simple thing, but I love the way
    your pair of folding chairs looks hanging on the wall. I love when beauty and function merge! The whole room is simply elegant and creative the way it is.
    Erin@Out on a Limb… recently blogged..Magnetic Paper Sorter…

  17. What an amazing room. More the Merrier Monday will be open until Wednesday at midnight. I would love for you to stop by and link up your transformation. http://diyhshp.blogspot.com/
    Jamie recently blogged..More The Merrier Monday #22

  18. Love your pulley! Beautiful transformation.

  19. brilliant and beautiful!~

  20. What an amazingly chic room!! :)

  21. I’m so impressed! It takes me absolutely forever to work through ideas in my head before I start on any sort of project. And almost instantaneously you converged all these fabulous ideas together to make a tiny spot into an incredible little dining room! Did I say I was impressed? Oh, yes. but I really am :) ~diane
    Diane @ home sweet homemade recently blogged..things I love – crazy quilts

  22. So lovely! Really great job! Who knew such a sweet little space could be so charming?!

  23. Love, love it! You made it so clean & fresh, the flea market finds add such character, & the window transformation is inspiring! Great job!
    Christine recently blogged..pelican study

  24. I love your blog!

  25. Just found your blog! Had to go through everything. It is really lovely. Will definitely be following!
    Catherine recently blogged..Found Art

  26. WOW…totally different, im impressed! i love the new all white look!:))))))))
    JEN RAMO recently blogged..Your Weekend…

  27. Wow, you did a great job. Love the chairs hanging on the wall. What a great solution to a small space. It’s looks bright and beautiful now!
    Anita @ GoingalittleCoastal recently blogged..Photography of the Past

  28. Um…. LOVE the white BRICK and the pops of color! Seriously, you are awesome!
    Savannah recently blogged..Friday Madness!!!

  29. loved this – love small space decorating .. you have totally nailed it – well done clever you le xox

  30. LOVE it! i love the mix you have going on! gorgeous! off to follow so i don’t miss a thing!

  31. I love the window bar! This is a fabulous make-over.
    Thanks for sharing.

  32. I love it! I am just so amazed at how you transformed such a tiny space into such a grand room! I’m not sure about vertical stripes… that may make the room look taller and even narrower… how about horizontal… or someone else mentioned stenciling something, I think that would look great!

    Tania Angelo recently blogged..Altered Cigar Boxes

  33. Wow! I’m shocked! I LOVE your new dining room. Everything about it is cute, and pretty! I would leave the white wall, it looks perfect.
    Rocio @ Casa Haus recently blogged..Tendencias: Búhos


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