Ugly Duckling Dining Room {Bloggers Without Borders}

Ahhhh.  Amazing what a fresh paint color will do!

As promised, here’s my progress on my Bloggers Without Borders project, my Ugly Duckling Dining room…

Bloggers Without Borders dining room

This was in the midst of the chaos– forgive the blur, I was a little weak from that dad gum stomach bug. 🙂

The paint color is Behr’s Silver Sateen, the same color I used in my Mom Cave (which is adjacent).  And because just painting isn’t enough, I decided to reconfigure the furniture arrangement when we put everything back in place (my indentured servants and I, that is).

Part of the reason was to improve the flow, but after several comments about my grandmother’s buffet (worthy of a post all by itself!), I decided she needed to be the show piece.  So I moved her to the back wall, center stage.   I love the way she pops against the gray wall now!  My aunt’s secretary is also in a better home and once she’s had her makeover, she’ll be a lovely piece of eye candy, too (I hope!).

And now the obligatory before and after pic.

Bloggers Without Borders dining room

Ahhh.  Much better.

Onward!  Don’t forget to visit my blogger buddies to see their updates, too!


Amy @ Buffalo Roam, Dana @ Crafted Niche, Jaime @ Crafty Scrappy Happy, Heidi @ Décor & More, Tisha @ Delectable Home, Shannon @ Fox Hollow Cottage, Kirby @ Kirb Appeal, Holly @ Life as a Thrifter, Cassie @ Primitive & Proper, Debbie @ ReFresh ReStyle, Jessica @ Stay At Home-ista, Karah @ the space between, Laura @ Top This Top That and Kelly @ View Along the Way.

Happy Monday!


  1. looking good!!! 🙂

  2. Silver Sateen looks great! I love that the buffet is taking center stage; it’s so beautiful!

  3. aaah! so pretty and breathable! 🙂

  4. The paint color is perfect!

  5. What a difference already!! Great first step. 🙂

  6. LOVE that color!!!

  7. I’m gonna like it…….


  8. It always amazes me what a coat of fresh paint can do. What a great backdrop. :0

  9. Looking good so far! Lovely color and great furniture arrangement!
    Can’t wait to see more!


  10. Beautiful color! It’ looking great!

  11. Love the way the paint color just shines when the lights are on!….Such a great sophisticated look! Looking forward to more updates!…

  12. Love love LOVE the paint color and new room layout! Such a nice space to enjoy with friends and fam 🙂

  13. Lovely! Can’t wait to see it on the screen of my computer! This iPhone doesn’t work with these old eyes. I’m getting the itch to start painting again, thanks for the inspiration!

  14. Love the paint color! Love the furniture placement! I can’t wait to see the whole room come together – I’m already catching the vision.

  15. I need some indentured servants – do you pay them in food?
    Grandma’s buffet deserves the spotlight!

  16. Amazing what a little paint will do:)


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