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Amazing Dining Room Makeover & Holiday Tablescape

For the final week of this challenge, I am sharing the reveal of the dining room makeover AND a festive table setting designed for the holidays. My first One Room Challenge was a success and I thoroughly enjoyed documenting the transformation over these last six weeks. Thank you to everyone who followed along, I had a blast!

Head to the bottom of the post for a full list of linked items included in the dining room reveal.

Modern dining room makeover with a moody wall color | Building Bluebird #orc #bhgorc #diningroomreveal

Here is a reminder of where we started in my dining room just 6 weeks ago!

Modern dining room makeover with a moody wall color | Building Bluebird #orc #bhgorc #diningroomreveal

And her is that same view after.

Modern dining room makeover with a moody wall color | Building Bluebird #orc #bhgorc #diningroomreveal
Table / Chairs / Art Ledge / Flowers / Light Fixture (similar)

If this is your first time on the site, welcome! Check out week 1, week 2, week 3, week 4, week 5 to see the full One Room Challenge transformation.


Dining Room Makeover Reveal

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The dining room turned out better than I could have imagined and I have already hosted a number of dinners with family and friends in our new space. For the last week of this challenge, I worked with my favorite local flower shop, Bartz Viviano, to create a holiday table setting to inspire you when hosting your next holiday get-together.

Modern dining room makeover with a moody wall color & holiday tablescape | Building Bluebird #orc #bhgorc #diningroomreveal
Modern dining room makeover with a moody wall color & holiday tablescape | Building Bluebird #orc #bhgorc #diningroomreveal

Dining Room Tablescape

I wanted the flower arrangement to be beautiful and elegant in the design. We kept it simple with a white and green color scheme. I chose to forego a table cloth and runner and used the greenery to act as a “living table runner”.

Holiday flower arrangement in the modern dining room makeover | Buidling Bluebird #flowerarrangement #holidaytablesetting #bhgorc

Bartz Viviano created one large arrangement for the center of the table mixed with white roses, poppies, and various eucalyptus. I placed 6 additional vases with eucalyptus down the center of the table. The vases were all different shapes but had the same gold patina to tie them all together.

Holiday flower arrangement in the modern dining room makeover | Buidling Bluebird #flowerarrangement #holidaytablesetting #bhgorc

The gold and green gave the table the festive feel I was going for. I added a dozen or so tea light candles to give the table that festive holiday glow!

I like to say that my style is traditional/modern (even though that seems like an oxymoron). There is something special about setting the table with your best china, surrounding yourself with people you love while eating great food, and for me, drinking delicious wine.

Modern dining room makeover with our Arhaus table and moody paint color | Building Bluebird #arhausinmyhouse #floralarrangement #tablescape

I used the china, flatware, and glassware we received from our wedding to set the table.

Modern dining room makeover with our Arhaus table and moody paint color | Building Bluebird #arhausinmyhouse #floralarrangement #tablescape

The gold chargers are another example of adding personality to the formal table. Their pattern is different from the standard gold charger and adds a modern twist to the table settings.

Modern dining room makeover with our Arhaus table and moody paint color | Building Bluebird #arhausinmyhouse #floralarrangement #tablescape

Dining Room Buffet DIY

My DIY’ed buffet is perfect in the new dining room! I found this buffet at a local consignment shop and used the Rust-Oleum Furniture Transformations to paint it black. A little Brasso on the original handles made them really shine!

Modern dining room makeover with a moody wall color & holiday tablescape | Building Bluebird #orc #bhgorc #diningroomreveal

This beauty not only stores all of my china, but it is that extra counter space that everyone needs at a party! The clean lines make it a standout piece while also blending perfectly into the background, not taking too much attention from other areas of the room. Formal dining room or not, a buffet table will always be a “must-have” for me.

I love this little silverware drawer! My fine flatware has been in a bag for the last 10 years, so it was so gratifying to sort it and put it in its proper place.

Modern dining room makeover with a moody wall color & holiday tablescape | Building Bluebird #orc #bhgorc #diningroomreveal

Dining Room Artwork

The artwork in the dining room came together in the end even with the struggles I had figuring out the back wall! The DIY picture ledge I created based on the ChrislovesJulia DIY turned out perfectly!

Modern dining room makeover with a moody wall color & holiday tablescape | Building Bluebird #orc #bhgorc #diningroomreveal
DIY Art Ledge
Modern dining room makeover with a moody wall color & holiday tablescape | Building Bluebird #orc #bhgorc #diningroomreveal

And my beautiful Juniper Briggs print (similar artwork) that means so much to me finally has a home.

Modern dining room makeover with a moody wall color & holiday tablescape | Building Bluebird #orc #bhgorc #diningroomreveal
Artwork

Dining Room Lighting

Modern dining room makeover with a moody wall color & holiday tablescape | Building Bluebird #orc #bhgorc #diningroomreveal

I knew that I wanted to modernize the chandelier in the living room and this piece from Amazon was perfect. The chandelier was originally centered in the middle of the room. I decided to center the new chandelier over the new table that would be centered in the doorway into the living room.

Modern dining room makeover with a moody wall color & holiday tablescape | Building Bluebird #orc #bhgorc #diningroomreveal

Thank you all SO much for following along these last 6 weeks and checking out the dining room makeover, it means so much. Check out the final reveal of the other guest participants of the One Room Challenge – this crew is so dang talented!!

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Holiday flower arrangement in the modern dining room makeover | Buidling Bluebird #flowerarrangement #holidaytablesetting #bhgorc

Heidi Ford

Sunday 3rd of October 2021

Can you tell me the name of the paint color in the dining room? TIA

lindseymahoney

Monday 4th of October 2021

Hi there! The paint color is actually a color match from the gray cabinets in our kitchen. The gray color is very close to Peppercorn by Sherwin Williams if you are looking for a similar color!

Dining-room Redo - Making a Formal Dining Room More Casual - Smart Cloud Magazine

Thursday 9th of January 2020

[…] into design, however it can still be difficult to make regular usage of a too-formal area. Lindsey Mahoney, for instance, didn’t really hate the dining-room in her house, however states the correct design […]

Create/Enjoy (@suzannahstanley)

Friday 8th of November 2019

Loved watching this one transform! Great job! That dark paint color is perfect!!

lindseymahoney

Sunday 4th of October 2020

Thank you so much for the kind words!

Katy

Thursday 7th of November 2019

This space looks beautiful! It will be perfect for the holidays! Congratulations on also completing the One Room Challenge!

lindseymahoney

Thursday 7th of November 2019

Thank you so much, Katy! I am looking forward to hosting some holiday parties in here :)

Danielle Gutelli

Thursday 7th of November 2019

Lindsey,

This space turned out absolutely beautiful. We need to come. Seriously!

xo

danielle clarkandaldine.com

lindseymahoney

Thursday 7th of November 2019

Thank you friend! Yes lets seriously plan a get together for the January once the holidays are behindus!

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