Modern Dining Area Makeover That’s Fresh and Fetching

Article Posted By: Sarah Wissinger

of The Surznick Common Room

Modern Dining Room Makeover That's Fresh and Fetching

This modern dining area makeover is absolutely adorable. This space is especially fetching with it’s hand-painted wall pattern, cordless shades and the pink door! It also coordinates beautifully with the living area next to it in this small home.

Sarah Wissinger of The Surznick Common Room created a dining space that’s comfortable and appealing and inviting.

Fresh and Modern Dining Area Makeover

Our dining area was in desperate need of some TLC. My fiancé Nick and I actually hadn’t touched this space since purchasing our home last summer. Seeing as it’s right as you walk in our front door, we knew it was time to turn it into a room we loved.

The Dining Area Before the Makeover

Dining area before a makeover

Our house is a small mid-century ranch without a formal dining room, so what we consider our “dining area” is actually part of our living room. We’ve gone back and forth over what to do with this space— round table or rectangular? White wall or colored? We wanted it to feel like a dedicated dining space with a punch of personality, but still feel similar in style to the living room since they share the same space.

The Dining Table

Modern Dining Room Makeover

Conrad Antique Natural Dining Table

As soon as I saw the Conrad Antique Natural dining table from Home Decorators Collection, I knew it was meant to be the table for our modern dining area makeover. We’d been using a flimsy table that was much too small for the space and we needed a major upgrade. From the beautiful wood to the tapered mid-century legs, this table just felt right. After we decided on that, everything else just fell into place!

Window Casings and Paint

Removing baseboards for dining room makeover

Painting a dining area

Creating a hand-painted patterned wall

Our first step in the makeover was to remove the old, reddish trim from the front door and floor. None of the windows in our house is encased, so Nick started taking measurements to add window casing and install new floor, door and window trim.

While he was doing all of the measuring and cutting, I gave the main wall a fresh coat of paint, using BEHR Premium Plus Eggshell in untinted Ultra Pure White, and started thinking up a fun pattern. I decided on a basketweave-type pattern, which I hand-painted with BEHR Premium Plus Eggshell in Summer House, using an L-shaped piece of cardboard periodically as a guide. It took me two afternoons to complete the wall, about 10 hours total.

Installing window casing

Cordless Window Shades

Cordless window shades

floating shelves

After the painting and trim was finished, we added new cordless window shades, also from the Home Decorators Collection. While we love to look out this large window to our front porch, we wanted to add a window treatment that would look sleek and stylish when closed. This cordless shade fit the bill!

We also added two white floating shelves to house our frequently used cookbooks, plants, and other tchotchkes we love.

Setting Up the Dining Table

Finally it was time for the main attraction of our modern dining area makeover— our Conrad table!

Fresh and Modern Dining Room Makeover

Sarah Wissinger of The Surznick Common Room sets her dining table

Fresh and Modern Dining Area Makeover

We ordered the dining table online and received it just a few days later.

When we opened it up, it was even more beautiful in person. It’s made of high quality mango wood, so we added placemats at each seat to keep it protected. It is far and away the nicest dining table we’ve ever had— we’ve received endless compliments on it from friends and family. We know we’ll have it for many, many years to come.

To continue the mid-century theme for the modern dining room makeover we added Eames-style dining chairs. The contrast of the white chairs against the wood table really makes the table stand out as the star of the show.

Fresh and Modern Dining Area Makeover

The Pink Front Door and the Living Area

A pink front door next to a modern dining area

A modern style living room in pink

Our front door has been painted with Pink Carnation semi-gloss from Glidden for some time now, but seeing it against the blue basketweave wall really makes me love it more. The pop of pink really ties the dining area to the rest of the living room, where we have a pink rug, pink and green art and color-coded bookshelves.

I’m so glad that these spaces finally feel unique, yet cohesive. We couldn’t be happier with our new dream dining area! Hope you love it too!

Fresh and Modern Dining Room Makeover

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