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Colorful Modern Dining Room Makeover

Sharing a before and after of this colorful modern dining room makeover I completed for one of my best friends. Bold colors are definitely out of my comfort zone, but I think this is the perfect balance and I’m so excited about how it turned out! Keep scrolling for project steps and tricks.

To see the entire process in detail, click HERE for the highlight.

THE BEFORE:

Colorful Modern Dining Room Makeover

Before the makeover, I completed this dining table and planter. To see the process for these two projects, click HERE!

Colorful Modern Dining Room Makeover

Step 1: Remove the Baseboards and Trim

Accent walls and trim always work better when you remove the baseboards, so I do this on pretty much every project first thing. I chose to replace the builder trim with 1×4 primed pine.

Colorful Modern Dining Room Makeover

I also removed the trim under the windows so the new trim I put in is all flush.

Colorful Modern Dining Room Makeover

Step 2: Add Window Trim

First, I cut 1x2s for the trim with my miter saw.

Colorful Modern Dining Room Makeover

This is a super simple window trim solution and I used my favorite nailer.

Colorful Modern Dining Room Makeover

Step 3: Wall Design

The night before this step, I glued and clamped 1x2s together for the long spans on the wall. I measured the wall for every board, wrote it down, and cut them all at once to simplify the process.

Colorful Modern Dining Room Makeover

I recommend sanding each piece and cutting scraps to use as spacers so it makes the process quicker. Spacer, level, nail, repeat.

Colorful Modern Dining Room Makeover

Step 4: Caulk and Wood Fill

First, sand all the joints. Then use wood filler. Sand again and then caulk. The wood filler should be used on the front-facing seams and caulk should be used everywhere else.

Colorful Modern Dining Room Makeover

Step 5: Paint

The wall color we decided to go with is called Tempe Star by Sherwin Williams. I chose to paint the window and sockets too.


Colorful Modern Dining Room Makeover

Step 6: Extra Details

The builder-grade light was replaced with this black chandelier.

Colorful Modern Dining Room Makeover

These small curtains were also added. I have a super simple and affordable curtain hack you can read about HERE! I do it for so many rooms I makeover and it’s a DIY project for $40!

Colorful Modern Dining Room Makeover

THE AFTER: Colorful Modern Dining Room Makeover

Colorful Modern Dining Room Makeover

Colorful Modern Dining Room Makeover
Colorful Modern Dining Room Makeover

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