Dining room mini makeover, before and after with paint and fabric

I have been planning on painting the legs of my dining table ever since we moved to our new house (ah.. hum) 8 years ago. Our previous house was a country cape in the suburbs and now we actually live in the country but in a much more contemporary style home. Well this past weekend after yet another snow storm kept me house bound, I decided …today is the day for a mini dining room make over. Luckily I happened to have a can of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in the basement. I had originally planned on painting the legs black but Graphite is a dark charcoal and that is the color I had on hand.

Here is a before of the table with the country white washed legs. FYI.. In case you are wondering, I wasn’t going for a “puddled look” with the drapes…I  think I had just hung them and they weren’t hemmed yet. Also, there is no rug because at that point we were having “elder dog issues”.

dining room before

dining room before

As always, the reason why I like using the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint is because I just open the can and start painting…no prep what so ever.

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Graphite

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Graphite

It took less that 30 minutes to apply the first coat, and then another 30 minutes for the second. A project that I have been thinking about for 8 years done in an hour.

Here is the After. I am so happy with how it turned out (still no rug because now we have puppy chewing issues).

dining table after

dining table after

I also reupholstered the seat cushions of the chairs with a beautiful wool fabric in a diamond pattern from Alessandra Branca.  That actually took longer than the painting but was totally worth the work as I think it looks much better.

reupholster seat cushions

Alessandra Branca for Schumacher Sofia Diamond

Now, this is where I would love your opinion. I fell in love with another print from Alessandra Branca but it is a bit too pricey to use for new window panels ($140+ /yard). I want to use it though to tie everything together. Here is the print.

Alessandra Branca

Alessandra Branca Elizabeth from Schumacher

There are two (more affordable) ways I can use the fabric. The first is to have faux roman shades made to hang between the current drapes. Here it is hanging up to give you an idea of what I mean.


The second way I can use the fabric is to buy a couple yards and make a table cloth. Here is a what it might look like with a place setting.


Soooo…. please help me make a decision…roman shades or a table cloth?  Which do you like better?

If you would like help with a mini makeover in your own home, give me a call!

29 Responses to Dining room mini makeover, before and after with paint and fabric
  1. Barbara Pirie Reply

    Roman shades! Same color chalk paint I painted Kelsey’s bureau!

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Barb, That’s what I’m leaning toward as I think I might stress out over spills on a $300 table cloth.

  2. nancy foley Reply

    Beautiful fabric! I’d like to see faux romans with one or two pleats for weight. It also brings more interest to the window treatments thus giving you a excellent dollar value.

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Thanks for commenting Nancy, think I am leaning toward the shades.

  3. Sherry franklin Reply

    Roman shades And either a table runner or placemats from the gorgeous fabric.. Or just use gorgeous fabric as edging on running/ mats…

  4. Livia Reply

    Linda, you found the perfect fabric for the roman shades. I will really pull the entire look together. Wonderful make-over !

  5. Cindy Reply

    I would do the roman shade valances and a runner for the table. The runner would take less than 1/2 yard of fabric. I love the fabric!

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Thanks for weighing in Cindy and I love the idea of the table runner.

  6. Merit Reply

    Table cloth. Get a more deeper graphic, bolder statement for the valences, install over the existing drapes?

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Thanks Merit! So much to think about.

  7. Karen Reply

    Love the look! I’d go with Roman shades. Great talking with you today.

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Thanks for taking the time to comment and likewise about our chat!

  8. Mary Marson Reply

    The roman shades for sure! Beautiful fabric and it truly does pull your colors and the whole room together. I want to paint something with Annie Sloan paint!

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Thanks Mary! The paint is great..and so very easy.

  9. Jill Dippman Reply

    Hi Linda, It looks beautiful! How about a table runner layered over a solid or just the plain wood?


  10. Janis Hill Reply

    I just feel in love. That fabric is gorgeous! I searched, but the cheapest I could find it for was $148.50 a yard. Yikes! I would love to use it for seat covers on my chairs.

    I would go with faux Roman shades and a table runner or perhaps a black table runner with a wide edge band of this fabric around the edge.

    Either way I can’t wait to see what you do!

  11. Maureen Coates Reply

    Roman shades and a table runner.

  12. Karen Fronterotta Reply

    I LOVE the Faux Romans idea.

  13. SuZanne Reply

    Love the Roman Shade with & a runner or place mats. The room looks awesome!

  14. Sue Lansil Reply

    Linda, I love it! Can you do both the Roman shades AND the table cloth?
    I love the fabric, and think it would tie in everything wonderfully!
    Awesome job!

  15. Zsuzsa Belhazy-Kovacs Reply

    Hello Linda,

    I absolutely love the fabric and yes I agree it is really price.
    As I was looking at the picture to first thing that came to mind was to Roman shade so I definitely like that idea. I also like the idea of the tablecloth.
    So I do not know if this is the possibility, as it makes it obviously pricier, I really like the idea of both together. I feel it would tie the room together as a whole with Roman shades and the tablecloth.
    If that is not an option, I’d go for the Roman shades and try to match the table cloths in shade to the curtains, also put a couple of napkins or accents with the new pattern on the table as well.
    It will turn out to be a very pretty redo either way:-)

  16. kelly Reply

    We are so alike Linda! I also am trying to figure out the same issue between panels, which I love, or roman shades. Roman shades are so pretty and really make the fabric the star. I like the idea of the table runner also. If you go with the panels, maybe you can edge the inside with that beautiful fabric. Decisions, decisions! Always hard when it is our own home.

  17. Susan Kanoff Reply

    What a fabulous job!!! Gorgeous!!! You are so gifted. I like the idea of using the fabric as a tablecloth just in case you get tired of the print…sounds like drapes could be costly.

  18. Kay Perret Reply

    I also vote for the shades. I think the vertical will make a stronger statement and tie the room together better than a more horizontal table cloth . Which would also cover up the legs on the table a bit, and they’re so pretty!

    Lovely room.

  19. Kristie Barnett, TheDecorologist Reply

    The dining room looks awesome, Linda! Love the graphite table base and BOTH new fabrics. I’d use the floral on the table, or maybe in black frames as art. Whatever you do, it will look beautiful!!!

  20. Jil Sonia Interiors Reply

    My vote is for the faux roman shades, they would look amazing and really finish off the room beautifully. Love that fabric!

  21. Connie Nikiforoff Designs Reply

    I would make a runner rather than a table cloth. I would position it across the ‘short’ side of the table so when its hanging down over the side, it won’t hide the cute little drawer on the apron of the table. And then use some additional fabric in this pretty floral for faux roman shades.

  22. Lisa Dean Reply

    Hi Linda!
    I agree w/ the faux Roman shades….AND/OR even incorporate it as artwork in a frame so you’ll have it hanging on your walls to give it that extra WOW factor! Beautiful colors and fabric!

  23. Dawn Hearn Reply

    Love the colors! I vote for roman shades.

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