February 26, 2019

Dining Room Makeover: Before and After Photos (Finally!)

Photos from before and after making over my dining room!

I FINALLY have photos of the dining room makeover to show you! I'm going to give the whole rundown of what went into this before I post the before and afters.

If you haven't already read it, I suggest reading "The Story of Our Home" before you go through this post. We have a manufactured home (a.k.a. trailer, double wide, whatever you want to call it).

First, I REALLY wish that I had good "before" photos. I didn't think this project was going to turn out to be anything big, so I didn't think to take any pictures beforehand. Instead, I had to go through the photos on my computer and find pictures that showed the dining room before we did anything to it. So, the before photos kind of suck.

Also, I'm going to show the rooms we made over one at a time, because they aren't all done yet. We are almost done with the living room and kitchen, but I ran into a small issue with the molding and I want to fix that first. So, I will show these rooms in stages, starting with the dining room (which we basically used as an extension of the living room).

First, to go over everything that I did in the dining room:

Remove small wall attached to bar top
Obviously, we removed the cupboards that were being held up by the wall
Removed the textured/popcorn ceiling (here is a tutorial/post all about that)
Prepped, caulked, and painted the molding around the window
Replaced window blinds 
Replaced light fixture
Replaced flooring (Jerry did this--doesn't it look amazing?!)
Replaced heat vent registers
Installed and painted floorboard trim
Painted a huge chalkboard wall clock (I'm working on a DIY tutorial for this now--it's a lot more work than I thought it would be to explain!)
Built a couple of shelves for the cats to sit on in front of the window ;) 

Here are some photos of the progress and the big reveal!

Dining room "before"

Dining room "after"

Here are some progress photos from along the way...

Removing wall and cupboards

Removing wall and cupboards

Removing wall and cupboards

Removing wall and cupboards

Cupboards removed

Making my own laminate bar top

My DIY laminate countertop

After removing textured ceiling and painting

Taping and mudding the seams

Painting my table and chairs orange

Priming the chairs

My new orange table and chairs

After painting bar seating area

Priming the window trim

Before installing the vinyl planking

DIY chalkboard wall clock

DIY cat window perches

Dining room before photo

Dining room "before" photo

The final product--the "after" photo of the dining room!

To see all of the posts so far about the renovation, you can scroll through them here. This has been a huge project, and I can't wait to reveal the rest!!


  1. It looks so great! You did an amazing job. It look welcoming and fun now.

  2. Wow!!!! That is STUNNING! You could make a jillion dollars flipping houses :) But that seems like a LOT of work, LOL. Congrats! It'a beautiful!

  3. Looks fantastic! I painted our table chairs a few years ago - took forever!

  4. Looks great!! You guys do wonderful work. You should be very proud and satisfied with what you've done.

  5. That looks amazing!! Wow! I wouldn't have thought it was the same house. That's awesome. You guys did a great job. I love the clock and the pop of Orange.

  6. Are you going to add curtains? I think a light gray and white chevron curtain would look fantastic with this.

  7. I love Joey in the before pic! You should have a contest to see who could give him the best caption!

  8. Incredible!!!!! Come make over my house please :)

  9. It looks lovely. You and Jerry are very talented!

  10. That looks so pretty and amazing!!!

  11. What an amazing transformation! I can't even imagine doing all that work. You did such a great job and I can't wait to see the rest.

  12. EFFING AMAZING!!!!!!! I love everything about it!

  13. It looks AMAZING! You should be really proud of all your hard work!

  14. Looks fantastic! You guys did a wonderful job!

  15. All i can say is WOW! It looks amazing. I wasn't sure I would like the orange table and chairs, because I'm not a big fan of orange in general, but what a great pop of color! It's not overwhelming at all and I love it! I can't wait to see the rest.

  16. It looks amazing! I love the color you chose for your kitchen cabinets. We have the crappiest cabinets in our kitchen, so this is giving me ideas :)

  17. It looks so great! Very creative but homey and fresh!

  18. It looks absolutely amazing!! Congratulations, now you get to enjoy it!

  19. I've been waiting for THIS reveal! I LOVE IT!!! The clock is my fav! I've painted spindle chairs before & it was a nightmare...Must have lots & lots of patience. I can't wait to see the rest. Great Job you guys!!!

  20. Love it! Amazing upgrade!
    Can you come to Texas and do my house? :)!

  21. You can have your own TV show. It must feel really great to actually start something and finish it AND having it look GREAT. You did really, really well.

  22. Wow!!!! Unbelievable difference!!! I LOVE it!!!

    Love the grey wall paint! I chose that for my remodel too.

    But everything just looks so open and airy. Incredible. Way to go!!!

  23. PS I LOVE the floors!!!

  24. Such a warm, inviting home Katie. You should be proud of your collective work and determination. Thank you for always inspiring me!

  25. Absolutely beautiful! We are in the midst of a renovation too (bought an older home and updating it ourselves {mostly}) so I appreciate seeing your before and afters!


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