Before and After: Dining Rooms | Midwest Living

Before and After: Dining Rooms

These 8 remodels will inspire you to embrace a dining room update.
  • Before: Hidden charm

    You'd never know this is a 125-year-old waterside home. The next slide reveals the hidden charm.

  • After: Hidden charm

    After stripping the carpeting and paint off pine floors, homeowners installed era-friendly baseboards, window and door casings, and crown molding. White paint on woodwork means it stands out against the soothing green walls. Fabric and furniture add subtle elegance.

  • Before: Cozy center

    The warmth of traditional style was lost in this dining room. Click ahead to see the changes. 

  • After: Cozy center

    Furnished with family heirlooms, the dining room is now a clubby, cozy spot. Rich wood, wallpaper, fabrics and paint get brightened with a little white paint on woodwork and the crystal lighting. 

  • Before: Cottage charm

    This 1875 cottage pales in comparison to one with charm of its era. Click ahead to see its renewed look. 

  • After: Cottage charm

    A 19th-century pine breakfront and custom trestle table add a touch of formal elegance and warmth. The moss-green wainscoting matches cabinets in an adjacent kitchen.

  • Before: Nothing standard

    The standard-issue chair rail and brass chandelier can't stand up to floral wallpaper trying for cottage charm. Click ahead to see how the owners injected style.  




  • After: Nothing standard

    There is nothing standard about the combination now. Blue-painted walls, an oil-rubbed light fixture, shutters and a fun mix of furniture create style fitting for a 1912 cottage.

  • Before: Twice as nice

    Sunshine, but little else, warms this bungalow's dining area. Click ahead to see how a makeover doubled its impact.

  • After: Twice as nice

    Floor-to-ceiling shelves filled with books now line the dining room so it doubles as a den. A couch and reading chair make it just as easy to enjoy a book as a meal at the dining table. The books, pillows, masks and other accessories stand out against the white of the walls and shelves in this bungalow.


  • Before: Bright and airy

    White is bright but cold before this room was remodeled. Click ahead to see how it got warmed up.

  • After: Bright and airy

    Colorful art and fabrics punch up this white dining room, keeping it bright while injecting personality. A sisal rug tops wood flooring that echoes the tones in the traditional furniture. Sweetheart fabric on seats adds a little kick to that furniture though! A graceful glass chandelier crowns the look.

  • Before: Respecting the past

    Dark and dingy transforms into sunny and classy in this rehab. Click ahead to see. 

  • After: Respecting the past

    A pair of antique doors from a flea market in France flank the entrance to the revived dining room. Like architectural art, they hint at the more subtle architectural updates, such as the substantial clean-lined plaster moldings replacing cheap wood trim and wainscoting. Subdued color keeps the space peaceful.

  • Before: Overdue updates

    This Edwardian home hadn't been updated for three or four decades. The next slide shows the updates. 

  • After: Overdue updates

    Chairs in comfort-extending upholstery surround a vintage-style wood table. Neutral yet textural grass cloth on the wall complements a group of drawings, which seem to reference the squares of the patchwork-look rug. 

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