Creating an elegant dining room on a $880 budget

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Creating an elegant dining room on a $880 budget
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Our original purple dining room.

Our dining room was painted in a dark purple and its beige carpet had wine stains to match, all from the previous owner. It was a good size for a single-family home at 132 square feet. The dark color on the walls, however, made the room feel small.

We wanted to lighten up the room and use bright colors to make the space feel bigger. First we painted the room a light blue-gray color. We had to use three coats of the paint plus primer to get rid of any trace of the dark purple. If you currently have a dark colored paint on your walls I would suggest using just a primer before painting the color you want. The light walls add to the room's already natural lighting coming from the window.

To give our dining room a more formal feel we decided to put bead board with molding half way up on the wall. We bought white bead board and painted it a glossy white to brighten up the room. No work needed to be done to the lighting as the chandelier was in perfect condition. We just added some black and gold lampshade covers to make the chandelier more elegant. The total cost for the paint, paint supplies, bead board, molding, and chandelier covers was $280.

For the floor we choose hand-scrapped café bamboo flooring. Laying down flooring is definitely easier and faster with two people. I did the gluing while my husband did the cutting of the wood and laid down the wood. Since the wood was all one length, he had to cut the wood different lengths to make sure the floor was not uniform. The total cost for the bamboo, glue, and floor supplies was $600. The cost was worth it as the café bamboo flooring gives the room a warm rich feeling.

The room went from a dark plain room to a light open elegant dining room.

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