Behind the Big Green Door: A Dining Room Makeover Surprise for Mom
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A Dining Room Makeover Surprise for Mom

10:29:00 AM



I love my momma! No really, I love her! I never truly appreciated her until I became a parent. For Christmas this year I decided to makeover her dining room. I think she truly deserves it! I wasn't exactly sure how I would be able to without her knowing... I mean she does live at her house. :) I found out she would be out of town for a week and used that time to get everything done.



My mom's house was built in the 1980's and much hasn't changed inside since it was built. In addition, my mom's furniture is a collection of hand-me-downs. The medium brown molding makes the space look dark and the added fact that her house also does not get any natural sunlight doesn't help. A combination of this makes for a space that is much needed for makeover. Here is the dining room before the makeover.


The main thing I knew that needed to be done was to lighten up the space since there is no natural sunlight. This was easily achieved with paint. I chose a nice neutral color for wall and a crisp white color for all the trim, including the handrail that divides the dining room from the living room....and wow, what a difference!


I didn't intend on spending a lot of money, since I knew I was spending for great chairs, so instead of purchasing a new table I stained her old table. My blogger buddy, Erin, has a great table staining tutorial on this that I used.


This rug here was previously used in my dining room. It was a bit too traditional feeling for my space but it goes perfectly here. The curtains was a great deal from World Market at only $10.00 per panel!


My mom absolutely loves the room! She loves the white trim and said "We need to paint the other rails too!" She usually works in her dining room but she didn't want to work in there today because she didn't want to mess it up. lol. That cracked me up! The picture below is when she first saw it, 7:00 AM. The picture isn't "blog ready" but I loves how it captures her taking it all in.


I have to give major thanks to my BF and my cousin/sister, Ellen. I could not have finished what I did with the time I had without them! Thank you so much my loves! Drinks on me... :)

There is still more to come for this room. I'm still working on the rest of her chairs. But in the meantime...what do you think?

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  1. I think you gave your mom's dining room a beautiful makeover. So sweet of you. I bet she was really surprised. Staining the table made a huge difference. Merry Christmas, Alaya!!!

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    1. Thank you Brandi! She really does love it and was soooo surprised! I love the table now! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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    2. I LOVE this room. It changes my whole perception of this room. I am one of the fortunate people who goes away and comes home to a new space. It is WONDERFUL. My daughter, Alaya, is my greatest gift in life and she has given me a gift that has blessed me tremendously.

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  2. Beautiful job! Lucky mom!
    I love those chairs. Where did you find them?
    Dona

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    1. Hey Dona! I got the chairs from World Market...and they are on sale now! http://www.worldmarket.com/product/linen-hayden-dining-chair.do?&from=fn

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  3. Amazing Alaya! You have an amazing talent and it was used on a amazing person!

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  4. Fantastic job laya. Mom is blessed and I know you are too. Love you and your work.

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  5. What a wonderful gift to give your mother! You can tell from the look on her face she's loving her new space!!!

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  6. What are you doing for the other chairs?

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    1. Hey! I stained the other chairs and recovered the cushions. I am in the process of putting them all back together now.

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  7. What a wonderful daughter your Momma has! and you chose an action as a gift. So thoughtful of you. Thank you for sharing with us.

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  8. The only things I think I'd do different is add a few pillows (zebra or leopard print) to the chairs, also (to make the art look bigger), make a frame that is about 6" bigger than the outside of the frame of the picture, pin gun it to the wall....Immediately your eye see's it as a bigger framed picture with a mat the color of the walls,.....and add a vase with flowers (real) to the center............
    Love the table and chairs......

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    1. Hey Gigi! Thanks for the suggestions! I'm still working on the room so will keep your suggestions in mind

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  9. What a special gift for your mother! I love how the table turned out. Can't wait to see it all finished up!

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    1. Thank you Michelle! I think I'll try to get finished up in the next couple days. This wore me out! lol

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  10. Such a good idea to stain the old table. Love the new look already!

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    1. Yeah it saved money for sure, but was def a lot of work! :)

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  11. You are so sweet to have done this for your mom. I love the more modern look and those chic chairs and rug work perfectly in the room. I think you did a fabulous job!

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  12. Alaya you are just so sweet to do this for your mom and it looks great ! I love your blog header too !!

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