How to Do a Cottage-Style Dining Room Makeover & Refresh

I’m giving my cottage-style dining room a much-needed refresh. My dining room has been one of the most neglected rooms in the house. It’s neglected because we never eat here.

But I want to change that and to achieve that, I need to do a dining room makeover. I don’t want to do anything major but I do have some dining room makeover ideas. Let’s get started.

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Dining room before the makeover
Murals made with peel-and-stick wallpaper

Here are murals under the shelves. The murals are peel-and-stick wallpaper. I’m addicted to symmetry so these two scenes are mirror images of each other and the trees are facing one another.

Large crystal chandelier

The large crystal chandelier was purchased a few years ago. It was very affordable.

Dining room table with layered rugs
Layering rugs under the table

Under the table my sister gave me, I have layered rugs; an area rug and a faux hide rug. I love to layer rugs, it really anchors your space.

Scones, shelves, and a peg rack

Over the buffet, I have sconces, a shelf, and a peg rack.

Wall panels

The wall panels were purchased from Lowe’s years ago.

Painting the walls
Painted lower half of the wall
Painting the walls

Makeover idea 1: Painting

I decided to paint the walls. I love using 4-inch foam rollers to paint. For a brush, I prefer the 2-inch sash/angled brush with the short rubber handle–it’s easy to work with. I painted the bottom half Sherwin-Williams Retreat color. The murals were really the inspiration for the color.

Tying the wall color into the fireplace
I recently used Retreat in the kitchen on the island and on the fireplace in the family room, too. Now everything is tied together.

Black curtain rod

Makeover idea 2: Adding gold

I have some gold accents in the room and wanted the curtain rod to be gold, too. I used Rub ‘n Buff rather than taking the rod outside to spray paint it. A little goes a long way in that small tube.

Gold Rub ‘n Buff
Applying gold Rub ‘n Buff

All you do is apply it, let it dry, and buff it off. It makes it quick and easy to transform the curtain rod. From start to finish it took 15 minutes. I was going for an imperfect weathered look and it looks great and ties in with the wall lights, mirror, and handles on the furniture, as well as against the white drapes.

Framed print
Framed print on a shelf

Makeover idea 3: Adding a framed print

I recently purchased a print that ties in with those two murals. I added it to the shelf above the buffet. I reused a frame but added some Rub ‘n Buff gold to tie in with the rest of the gold touches.

Adding white dishware to the shelves
Framed print
Adding dish towels to the pegs

Makeover idea 4: Decorating

I added wine glasses, white bowls, candlesticks with battery-operated candles, pottery, faux florals and greenery, and dish towels on the shelves in the room. I didn’t want to hide the murals so I did not put too much decor up there.

Faux greenery and lamps on the buffet

I also added lamps and faux greenery on the buffet.

Casual white chairs around the dining table

Makeover idea 5: Chairs

I put casual white chairs around the table plus two slipcovered chairs with pillows on them for added comfort.

Cake stand with a cloche

Makeover idea 6: A simple centerpiece

What could be more inviting than a simple basket tray lined with a dishcloth and cakestand with a cloche?

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I love this cottage dining room makeover. What do you think? Let me know in the comments. Also, let me know what you’ve done to refresh your dining room on a budget.

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