Wait until you see this before and after dining room makeover! It is amazing how much a few hours and a can of paint can completely change a space.

I love my red dining room.

Not like a little.

But a lot.

However, I’m ready for a change and started refreshing other areas of my house.

And it started with my kitchen.

It’s almost like that book If You Give a Mouse a Cookie?

The refresh started with one room and progressed to others.

But another reason I decided to refresh the dining room is because I had 2/3 of a can of paint leftover from the living room refresh I had just finished the week before.

Is that a reason to redo the space?

Not really, but I knew there was enough to paint the dining room.

And I also found these incredible vintage-looking botanical prints that I wanted to use on the large empty wall.

Since I didn’t want to display the prints with the red walls, I just used the rest of my living room paint and did a quick makeover.

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Before the Dining Room Makeover

When we added a second story to our small 3 bedroom ranch home 12 years ago, we painted all of the rooms with sage, gold, and cranberry tones.

My dining was a deep hue of cinnamon red.

And I really love it.

dining room with red walls before makeover

But as much as I love this red, the time was right and I decided to finish the paint from the living room refresh here so I could display the vintage botanical prints.

At the time, I was on a makeover tear.

The kitchen was the first room to get a refresh.

It went from dark and dingy to a modern farmhouse.

And I painted the whole thing myself.

Because my kitchen turned out so amazing, I wanted to paint the living room next.

Since I had all that paint leftover, I just kept going with the dining room.

And doesn’t it look so much better?

Rustic Farmhouse Spring Home Tour

After the Dining Room Makeover

I painted both the dining and living rooms with Benjamin Moore Manchester Tan.

It is a true greige – it looks beige in some light and gray in others.

Rustic Farmhouse Spring Home Tour

I really love it and goes well with all of my decor.

Here are some photos of the dining room after I painted it.

When I saw these vintage-looking botanical prints, I knew they would be perfect for this large empty wall in my dining room.

dining room with new neutral wall color and prints

This is what it looked like in spring with my gorgeous spring florals.

Even my spring tablescape looked better with lighter and more neutral walls.

I am really loving the neutrals.

And then I decorated it with THIS.

Beautiful Fall Table Setting Ideas

And here’s what my dining room looks like in fall.

I am loving all the pumpkin decor and fall florals this year!

But I got bored with it and changed it to THIS.

My dining room decor went through a few changes last winter.

The greens and decorative touches look so much better with the lighter, neutral walls, don’t you think?

Winter Tablescape Idea

Renovating the Rest of the Main Floor

Now that my kitchen, living room, and dining room are updated with a lighter, neutral color palette, I had to paint my front entry too.

I just had to keep going!

With those makeovers complete, the only rooms left to update are the bathroom and laundry rooms.

And we recently remodeled them both.

You can check out the bathroom remodel HERE and the laundry room renovation HERE.

So let me know what you think of the updates in the comments below!

Early Spring Table Decor Ideas

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Before and After Dining Room Makeover
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  1. Our kitchen used to be the same red as your dining room. It’s now a bright blue. I know, I know, wowza, she’s crazy. I was that day. Thought I was going to have to live with the dog puke gold walls in the adjoining rooms for another 10 years so I chose something that would make me smile. Well I’m tired of smiling. I want a beautiful neutral color like you! Love it and how everything pops. It will be fabulous for years.

    1. Thank you Cindy! I love blue! It’s my favorite color! I have to hop over now to see the color cause I bet it looks amazing! I’m all about the neutrals lately here – I love how my plants look now.

  2. Love tge new color. Manchester tan is a beautiful color. Benjamin Moore is my favorite.

    We have Stone House in half the house and love it!