Ugly Duckling Dining Room No More! {Blogging Without Borders}

I am sooo excited to share my Ugly Duckling Dining Room makeover with you!!  This has been a project of stops and starts, but I am thrilled with the end result.   I had to think outside the box AND try things  I’d never done before…  a challenge in every way!  But I think you’ll agree that the payoff is huge… and now I will have a fresh and FINISHED dining room for the holidays!

Before I get to the big reveal, let me remind you where we started… {I’m channeling Genevieve Gorder here, people}…

Blogging Without Borders ugly duckling dining room

See all the things I needed to do??   It was quite the To Do List…

BWOB ugly duckling dining room before


And now, when I walk in my front door, or come down my stairs, I’m greeted by this…


BWOB ugly duckling dining room after

Sorry for a bit of glare, but I’m giddy with all the light that floods in now!!

BWOB dining room after

I could’ve put the camera on automatic, I suppose…

BWOB dining room after

But I was so busy playing…

BWOB dining room after

And enjoying…

This space is now like a refreshing pause in our crazy household, not the dumping ground it was before.

BWOB dining room details collage

Let’s see…

  1. Repaint… CHECK!  Love the color.
  2. Window treatments… CHECK!  So long blinds, hello drapes.
  3. Artwork… CHECK!  One DIY Baby Spoon Display, one One Kings Lane chippy architectural mirror, a silver platter wall, and a relocated wedding photo.
  4. Lighting solution… CHECK!  Updated lamps and shades, and one over head fixture.
  5. Redo secretary… CHECK!  She is one lovely lady now.

I call this room MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!  I will be sharing tutorials and details of the room makeover in the weeks ahead, so stay tuned!

Here she is one last time, because I can’t resist!

BWOB ugly duckling dining room after

Ahhhhhh. 🙂

Don’t forget to visit my partners in crime on this project!  I think we’ve ALL been challenged this summer, both from a project standpoint AND from time standpoint, so go show them some love, please. 🙂

Here are their links…


Amy @ Buffalo Roam, Dana @ Crafted Niche, Jaime @ Crafty Scrappy Happy, Heidi @ Décor & More (that’s me!), 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.

 Thanks so much for following along and sharing this Season of Change adventure!   Wonder what we’ll get into next??



  1. Beauty. Love everything about your new space. Where did you get those curtains- love them! Congrats!

  2. LOVE IT! Those panels are gorgeous, the new light fixture is AWESOME, and you have done a great job with all your accessories. I’ll be looking for the tutorials.

  3. Heidi,
    I love it! You did a fantastic job. Love the new color and drapery panels. It feels so serene. M.

  4. BEAUTIFUL! And that bench is fabulous! What a fun addition!

  5. Heidi it looks gorgeous!! I LOVE the new light!! Everything looks fab 😉

  6. beautiful! i love the secretary and the curtains so much!

  7. Awesome! My daughter has to play the piano in the garage, and while I’m probably the only one around who does yard work to beautiful music, she would love to serenade me in the dining room, or your newly redecorated one.


  8. LOVE! Especially… 1) Drapes! 2) Portrait of you and Jay above the piano! and 3) Overhead lighting fixture. Can’t wait to hear how that went in. I’m inspired, we have Thanksgiving in Ohio, but I’m really going to make an effort to update mine by Christmas. Nice job my friend.

  9. It is definitely not an ugly duckling any more! I think the drapes are my favorite. But the paint color is beautiful too. Such a huge difference!! Congratulations on the beautiful room!

  10. MUCH better! Love how it turned out! 🙂

  11. It’s beautiful, Heidi! Truly gorgeous. Love the wall color, and every single thing you have hanging on them. 😉 Great job!

  12. Oh my gosh…it looks BEAUTIMOUS!!! Absolutely perfect.

  13. It’s so, so pretty now! I mean, it had potential before, but it’s all primped now. Does that make sense? Today was my daughter’s first day of kindergarten so I’m a combo of excited/nervous/happy/elated/in shock:)

    Love the curtains too!


  14. Well, I dropped the ball but you clearly found it, picked it up… and ran for the touchdown 🙂

    It looks wonderful. You should be very proud!!

  15. Oooh fancy! I love it all 🙂 Great job

  16. Oh friend! I LOVE your space! I am so so so so in love with every little detail! You did such a great job and it was so fun seeing your progress and that you actually accomplished your goals—-I am more than a little jealous about that one 🙂

  17. Beautiful curtains! Really nice job.

  18. You rocked it – dinner at Heidi’s house! My favorites are the drapes and your silver plate wall!

  19. Heidi…gorgeous dining room…you did such a magnificent job!…I just love the beautiful color scheme…love, love the drapes and the secretary turned out fantastic…cannot really pick a favorite as there are so many beautiful things in the room!!!

  20. YAY!!! Everything came together so awesome. Those curtains are so beautiful! And that secretary, what an update. Such a great space, Heidi!!!

  21. A beautiful room. Great work.

  22. Heidi,

    Job well done! Simply amazing. Seriously, just love the colors and the light and the window treatments and the painted pieces and the bench … and that light fixture! Amazing!

    Truly and inspiration …




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