dining room: before and after

Hello, friends! Today is the day that I get to reveal our renovated dining room to you all! First, here are a few before pictures.

These were actually taken after I had already removed the hideous pink wallpaper from the lower portion of the walls. As you can see, we also needed to get rid of the carpet and (flickering) light fixture in addition to painting and patching the walls, and refinishing the floors. Below are the floors in the state that we found them.

I almost don’t know where to begin! When Geoffrey left for training over the summer, Remy and I worked on this room together. After the wallpaper came down, I set out to removing the carpet and underlay. It was soooo gross. Every square inch was covered in mouse poop, and the carpet was incredibly stained. That only took a few days, and then we had to wait a few months for Geoff to come back home and finish what I started.

We rented a floor sander in November, and he had the entire room sanded in about an hour. It was much easier than using a small hand sander! I don’t think that we’ll ever revert back to the latter when it comes to sanding floors. Duh, right?

Next, Geoffrey added quarter round moulding and patched and sealed the vents. Then we painted the walls and ceiling. We used the same bright white that can be found throughout the rest of the house for continuity. Now for some after pictures!

I ended up purchasing a new light fixture from Home Depot. I wanted one that was completely different from what was hanging there previously. Rather than a small, brass, and round chandelier, I chose a large, black, and rectangular one! I also purchased four Edison bulbs for it, as we have them throughout our home and just love them.

Geoffrey stained the floors after that. Then we hung some hooks that I also purchased from Home Depot, changed the switch plates, and I bought a few things to go on the walls. We stained the picnic table a shade darker to match the church pew as well.

I think that’s pretty much all of it! Thanks for joining me on this room tour. It was a long process, and we’re just thankful to be done! Onto the next room!


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  1. Desireé

     /  03/08/2018

    love it!!

    • Hello, Scarlett Blog

       /  03/08/2018

      Thanks Desiree! It’s always nice to hear from you!


  2. wow!!!Loved it!!!!

    • Hello, Scarlett Blog

       /  03/08/2018

      Thank you so much! I appreciate you stopping by and taking time to comment!


  3. I love seeing people bring in natural element into their spaces, this screams cozy, what you made goes beyond a dinning room, I would spend plenty of time there now :)!

    • Hello, Scarlett Blog

       /  03/01/2018

      Oh my goodness! Thank you! What a compliment ☺️ Your home is so beautiful! You definitely inspire me to keep going with ours.


  4. WHAT A GREAT JOB!!!! WOW!! – 😃- I love those floors and I love the minimalist feel. I’m into “clean, uncluttered lines” myself these days..but after raising 4 kids and collecting STUFF for 35 years, it takes a while (and a lot of trips to Goodwill) to get there..I’m still working on it.

    • Hello, Scarlett Blog

       /  03/01/2018

      Oh thank you so much! I also love minimalist spaces! I feel as if they make your home feel larger. It also means that there is less to dust! ;-)

      Instagram served as my biggest inspiration when it came to the finishing touches. Other than that, our house had good bones under all of the carpet and wallpaper!

      Best of luck with decluttering! I bet that you’ll get there before you know it.


  • Welcome, friends! My name is Emory. I am a wife, mother of two (one earthside and one with the angels), and an animal rescuer. This is our life on the Canadian prairies.
    email: helloscarlettblog@outlook.com

  • Man, did Remy and I have a standoff this morning. All because she didn’t want to wear socks with her boots. She threw a massive tantrum, and I yelled at her. Afterwards, we went for our walk and everything was back to normal. That is, aside from her puffy eyes and tear-stained face. My poor girl. Parenting can be so hard sometimes. Thank goodness for children being so resilient. 
That disaster behind me is nearly gone. We’re currently installing the last of our kitchen shelves, and our new sink arrived this morning. I’m excited to have a less cluttered spare room!
Have a wonderful week, everyone. This room has not yet been touched by us. It is our master bedroom. Everything about it (aside from our furniture) is exactly the same as when we purchased our home. I think that if we do list in the near future, it will be the only room in our house that we did not renovate. Part of me wants to stay just to finish it. A small part.
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