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Dining Room Reno – Cheap, but Chic

Dining Room Reno – Cheap, but Chic Posted on July 2, 2017Leave a comment

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The hubby and I have been in full force working on the house and so far we’ve redone the flowerbed in the front, added a firepit outside, and have redone our dining room. Here I’ll be showing you the dining room renovations and what all took place. Later there will be a post about the flowerbed and the firepit so… stay tuned!

Here WAS (Ah that feels good to say!) our dining room:

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Please excuse the mess, but LOOK at those purple pink walls and that carpet that was pink! We inherited the table, buffet, and china cabinet. The cream-ish color above the chair rail was an 80’s flower wallpaper border and right when we moved in my brother and mom took off the first layer. We later found out that it was double glued and it took us almost an entire day just to get that border off!

This reno can be done for $300-$500! Which is great for a fast and easy dining room switch up! I believe our reno. was about $700, because we sprung for some really nice beadboard and baseboards. We also had help from an awesome neighbor who generally is handy with these sorts of projects- so we owe this dining room to him for his hard work and to his wife for letting us borrow him for almost a week. 🙂

These materials were used:

The items with a star * by them indicate that we needed to buy those materials, but with the help of our neighbor, we didn’t need to buy much! (If you have most of these materials you cut down on your costs as well.)

First, Asa and I tried to take off the wallpaper border, we didn’t take off the bottom border because we knew that beadboard would be covering it up. We couldn’t get all of it off because it was double glued, but we used an electric sander to lightly sand as much off as we could. I read this pin about fabric softener and hot water as the best solution to get wallpaper off. We also tried the vinegar that is mentioned and we still had a heck of a time trying to get it off, but this is what the paint looked like in the end: dining room 3

Once the paint was on we needed to rip the carpet out. Before we moved in we knew we wanted hardwood floors and I had inspected the floors/ carpet in the living room and noticed that low and behold there was hardwoods – so easy fix we just take up the carpet. We just ripped it up in sections and while Asa was working on taking out the footlong staple boards (that’s not what they really are called, but I don’t know what they are called :D) that hold the carpet to the edge of the room, I was taking out the staples everywhere else. We both finished about the same time and we were pretty pleased with the looks of the floors. I think we will eventually refinish the floors, but that was not on our to-do list.


After the carpet was ripped up, we moved on to the beadboard that would go under the chair rail. We had asked our neighbor a few questions and one thing led to another and he was up helping us… and MAN did we learn a lot! It was great!!

Asa and I had planned on painting the original baseboards white and to just get the beadboard, but when we were matching the beadboard to the chair rail we noticed that our over 50 yr old home has done some settling and the floor was just not that even. So, the old 4-inch baseboards were taken out.


Don’t you just love the expression on Asa’s face ;). He didn’t know I was taking a picture ;).

The beadboard was bought in the regular 3/16-in x4ft x8ft sheets and not much cutting was needed to be done on those except for around the registers. The guys did a great job!


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We have plaster walls and we had to do some adjusting with the nail gun’s pressure when it shot into the wall. Sometimes it took a couple times to figure it out, but hey that’s why you use caulk!

I just love the way the chair rail breaks up the pastel green and white – so nice! Once the beadboard was up, we started to work on the baseboards. When we cut the baseboards we actually used a circular saw to make the 45-degree angles needed at each corner. dining room 8

We had to make shim’s for the baseboards below the beadboard because if we hadn’t the baseboards would have caved in, or tilted inward, rather than be completely flat. We also added molding to the bottom of the chair rail because gaps were exposed due to the settling of the house, but I think it looks great – I think it looks like it was supposed to be there!

We finished the space with a smaller molding at the bottom of the baseboard and I cleaned it up with some caulking glue. This can be pretty tedious, so I had started on this while our neighbor was finishing up the baseboards.

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I loved the way that it turned out! I feel like the character of the home is still there, but we have taken it into the 21st century.

Slowly, but surely we will get this home turned around, but in the meantime do you have any fixer-up projects you’ve done? How much have they cost you? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

Thanks for stopping by! 😀


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