Amazing Dining Room Transformation & Table Setting

November 6, 2019

For the final week of this challenge, I am sharing the reveal of the dining room transformation 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.

Lindsey Mahoney of Building Bluebird | One Room Challenge Guest Participant

Dining Room Before

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

Week 1 dining room of ORC

If this is your first time to 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 After

My 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 transformation with a moody wall color | Building Bluebird #orc #bhgorc #diningroomreveal
Table / Chairs / Art Ledge / Flowers / Light Fixture (similar)

Dining Room Table Floral Arrangement

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 it all together.

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!

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

Table Place Settings

I like to say that my style is traditional/modern (even though that seems like an oxymoron). I love the tradition of hosting a formal dinner but with that modern twist. 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
Modern dining room makeover with our Arhaus table and moody paint color | Building Bluebird #arhausinmyhouse #floralarrangement #tablescape

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

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

Dining Room Buffet

My DIY’ed buffet is perfect in the new dining room! 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.

Refinished buffet table using Rustoleum Cabinet Transformations | Building Bluebird #diningroom #bhgorc

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.

Silverware drawer on my refinished buffet | Building Bluebird #formaldiningroom

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! I want to make 100 art ledges now, I just think it looks perfect!

DIY Art ledge in the dining room
DIY Art Ledge

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

Juniper Briggs artwork above the table setting

Dining Room Purchase List

Thank you all SO much for following along these last 6 weeks and checking out the dining room transformation, 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!!

One Room Challenge

For more exciting before and after transformations from the One Room Challenge – check out the modern boy’s bedroom makeover and moody master bedroom reveal!

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

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  • Reply Angela Nickerson November 7, 2019 at 1:57 am

    I said it on IG, and I’ll say it again here: well done! This is just beautiful! What a beautiful place to enjoy many, many happy meals together!

    • Reply lindseymahoney November 7, 2019 at 9:14 am

      Thank you, that means so much! Your home office makeover is quite a stunner as well! So many great organization ideas 🙂

  • Reply Cassie Bustamante November 7, 2019 at 6:23 am

    i love this space- so classic and beautiful! i am in love with that gorgeous sideboard! and your sweater and hair. 🙂

    • Reply lindseymahoney November 7, 2019 at 9:14 am

      OMG thank you so much! 🙂 I love a good upsycled sideboard too!

  • Reply Danielle Gutelli November 7, 2019 at 7:19 am


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



    • Reply lindseymahoney November 7, 2019 at 9:13 am

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

  • Reply Katy November 7, 2019 at 3:25 pm

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

    • Reply lindseymahoney November 7, 2019 at 9:22 pm

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

  • Reply Create/Enjoy (@suzannahstanley) November 8, 2019 at 10:24 pm

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

    • Reply lindseymahoney October 4, 2020 at 9:34 am

      Thank you so much for the kind words!

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  • Reply Heidi Ford October 3, 2021 at 11:30 pm

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

    • Reply lindseymahoney October 4, 2021 at 9:07 am

      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!

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