Redecorating a dining room is the act of changing what your dining room looks like. This can include the following: Furniture, wall color, window treatments, flooring and ceiling treatments. In this article, I will discuss what one does when they decide to redecorate their dining room.
To redecorate your dining room you need to be armed with motivation and patience! You are going to want to start by looking at pictures on online or in magazines for inspiration. There are all kinds of places that will give you design ideas; Pinterest, your local designer shop and online blogs such as House Beautiful , Country Living , etc.
After you have your inspiration find out how much the materials are going to cost you, I’m going to give an example of how to figure out costs later in the article. You’re also going to need to get a budget together and find out what you can actually afford so that during redecorating your dining room project you aren’t making yourself go into debt!
Some people work with their spouse or someone else who knows about budgets if they don’t have good organizational skills. A lot of people say that a large part of decorating is managing expectations…re-decorating your dining room can be very easy if you manage everyone’s expectations carefully..even your own!
After gathering all your information it comes time for the fun part; shopping! It’s always important when shopping to stick to your budget and make sure everything is within your total vision! If you are going to be purchasing furniture for the dining room make sure that it’s the right size, color and style.
What things do we need to redecorate a dining room?
Things needed when redecorating a dining room: A design inspiration, your budgeted money (make sure you stick to it!) and living with minimal clutter throughout the renovation process! Moving furniture in and out of rooms quickly can really help move the project along…but leave nothing lying around!
You don’t want piles of dishes waiting on stacks of other dishes stacked up too high because they may never get washed if they are covered up, everyone will be too overwhelmed by the size of the stack to do anything with it! We also need a few tools for our project; tape measure, hammer, pencil and numbers if you are going to paint your dining room yourself. You don’t need these things if you hire someone to come in and redecorate your dining room for you!
Now that we have everything we need let’s get started on this project shall we?
Go through your house and write down every single piece of furniture you have in your dining room, even if you are planning on re-doing them completely (which would be recommended!). Make sure that everything is listed including; couches, armchairs, side tables, chairs for the table if you have any or plan on moving some over there somehow. For example; if I were making my own list for this project I would include the following:
Dining Table; $300 Armchairs with an ottoman; $150 Side table with lamp and bookshelf underneath it (used for storage); $100 Upholstered bench seat that seats four people on each end of it; $200 Affordable Decorative Art Piece on wall; $50 Rug at least 5’x5 ‘ square, must match everything else exactly! ;$200
After you have your list ready go to an online furniture store or one near you to write down how much everything is going to cost. Look at similar things but keep in mind your style when choosing what you want. For example, if my dining room was more modern I wouldn’t buy antiques for that room because that wouldn’t look right. Remember to keep your budget in mind when shopping!
After you have your budget and the list of everything that needs to be re-decorated it’s time to get some other information ready. You need measurements for each piece, including any tables or chairs if they belong in the dining room. In order to figure out how much paint you will need to cover things in your dining room you should also make a note of what kind of material everything is; wood, metal or whatever else it may be. If something doesn’t include any information on it most likely it’s going to be wood so we can always assume that unless someone tells us otherwise!
Certain materials are known by certain names but we don’t want anyone getting confused when we talk about them so I’m going to do my best to give them all a nice name so we don’t get confused by what they are.
Wood (or the material wood is made of): Anything with the word “wood” in it is going to be “wood”. This includes wood, bamboo, walnut, cherry and just about anything else you can think of that’s made of wood! When dealing with these materials they almost always have the words “solid wood” or “plywood” somewhere on their packaging. Plywood is often used as a cheaper alternative to solid wood so this may surprise some people but keep in mind that plywood actually increases how sturdy something will be if it’s put incorrectly!
Metal: If something has the word metal anywhere on its packaging then it is most likely metal. It does not include anything made of real gold, silver or steel because naturally those things are also metals but they have other names you may recognize them by. Wood and metal almost always have the words “stainless” or “polished” somewhere in their description so that is another way to distinguish them apart if you aren’t sure which one it is!
Plastic: Plastic is a material that usually doesn’t admit to what type of plastic it is unless you look closely at its packaging (which can sometimes be hard to do). Most plastics will say something like “resin wicker”, resin wicker means plastic! The only thing I know of off the top of my head that isn’t plastic would be plexiglass and I highly doubt you have anything made of that so here’s what makes a plastic look like plastic: Resin wicker, resin wood, fiberglass or any words with those words in them almost always means it is some kind of plastic!
Knowledge about different materials can sometimes be useful when decorating something. If you get a couch from your attic that you are going to re-decorate make sure that it isn’t going to fall apart before doing so because if it does while you’re working on it then the work will be ruined! Or if you know what material an old item you bought at a yard sale is made of and decide that no matter how much cheaper than new (or even used) ones are available they aren’t worth it because you know that they are going to be fragile and break.
You can also use knowledge about different materials to decorate an item you already have. For example, if there is a table that has the words “solid wood” listed on its packaging then when painting it may not be necessary to cover the whole thing in paint because solid wood usually covers very well without being covered in even as much as one coat!
When figuring out how much paint and other supplies you’re going to need remember that most paints come in two gallons and are sold in either quarts or gallons. If you only buy one gallon (or however many quarts) of paint then chances are it will be enough for just about anything but never just assume that something should work just because what I said makes sense, check those measurements we talked about in the “Knowledge on the painting” category.
When choosing between different paint types also remember that it is generally cheaper to go with latex paints. Latex and oil are essentially the same things except latex paint has water added to it so when you’re making your decision just keep in mind that slightly more of the paint may be required if you choose oil over latex but generally for most things I would say that either type works just as well!
Stay tuned for part 2: where to place items in the dining room