It’s time for another $100 Room Challenge, and this month is especially exciting because a bunch of my blogging friends are joining me; so instead of just watching my progress, you can follow along with lots of people and see how they use $100 to transform rooms in their own homes. There will be links to all the other rooms at the bottom of the post, so be sure to check them out 🙂
You may remember that a couple months ago I created a coffee station in our dining room area. I am absolutely in love with it and use it on a daily basis.
I had hoped to work on the entire dining room area, but in the end we were only able to get the coffee station completed. That all changes this month because I’m taking on the rest of the dining room. Sooo… here’s what our dining room looks like currently…
Let’s talk about my goals for this space… a little lofty, but I think we can do (most of) it.
Goals for Our Dining Room Makeover
Goal 1: Paint
So… I only painted the wall with the coffee station. Why I didn’t just complete the job is really beyond me, but this is a must. Greenish paint and bluish paint do not make for a great combo. I still have paint from the coffee station, so I can get this done for free.
Goal 2: Redo the Table/Chairs
Let’s talk about that pine dining set, shall we? It doesn’t go with anything in our house. It was fine when my husband and I were married 15 years ago, but it just doesn’t feel right in this space… and those chairs are a hodge-podge mix. We have three that came with the original set (one broke), two from a restaurant that was getting rid of chairs, and then another random one thrown in the mix. What we’d like to do is match the table to the coffee station and add benches on the sides. This might stretch our budget, so we’ll see what we can do.
Goal 3: New Curtains
Let me tell you a little story about our current curtains. When my youngest was a baby he decided it would be super fun to fling his baby food prunes around the kitchen, with extra points for hitting the curtains. I took them down and washed them… and they shrunk. I mean, they are sitting 6 inches off the floor. Not only are they completely too short, they do not match the paint that’s going on the walls.
Goal 4: Wall Décor
I actually like our coffee décor for the most part, but as I fall deeper in love with the farmhouse style, I want to make a change and use the barnwood out in our garage to make something different for the walls. This should have a free price-tag, so that should be perfect for my budget.
Goal 5: Light Fixture???
I’m a realist. I know that light fixtures aren’t cheap, so this is just a wish list item. I’m going to scour Facebook groups and Craigslist to see if anyone is giving away a cheap (free) light fixture that would fit into the dining room. If so, we’ll do a little happy dance. If not, no big deal.
I’m anxious to get started on this space so it feels more cohesive with the coffee station.
Remember to check out the other bloggers that are participating in the challenge this month!
Check Out Other Participants Here
You did such a beautiful job on the coffee bar. I can’t wait to see how the rest of the dining room turns out!
Thank you Tracy. I have been dreaming of a coffee station for-ever. So happy to have that space… now if I can just get the dining room to look a little better, we’ll be set.
sara s syrett says
I cant believe your curtains shrunk that much! I have no doubt you’ll create something amazing!
Seriously! I never would have thought curtains would shrink that much. I even tried to iron them out, hoping to get a little more length. No luck. Time for something new 🙂
Your coffee station is great and I can’t wait to see what you do with the rest of the space!
Monica Benavidez says
I think curtains and paint will make such a huge impact! Fingers crossed you find a bench and light fixture- your space is going to look great.
Thanks Monica! I’m hoping I can convince my husband to make a bench… we shall see. As for the light fixture, I figure, if I find one, awesome, if not, no big deal; this space will still see some major changes.
What a nice bright space you have! I can’t wait to see what you do with the barn wood! A girl after my own heart! Good luck on the hunt for a light fixture. I was lucky to get one for Christmas, which actually helped decide what room to do!
I love so barnwood so much. Use it all the time. I’m hoping that even if a light fixture doesn’t come into play, the room will still see a major transformation.
Carol @ CAD INTERIORS says
This is such a great idea! It forces us to get even more creative with our projects. Is this a challenge you do throughout the year?
This is round 10 for me, but it’s the first time other bloggers have joined in. I was going to see how things went this month and find out if there is interest for next month (maybe from some of the same bloggers, maybe different ones?). If you are interested I have a FB group set up for this challenge, and I can add you so you’ll get the information… Let me know.
Amanda @ Old House to New Home says
I am obsessed with your coffee station. It is beautiful so I am sure the rest of the room is going to be amazing as well!
Thanks Amanda! I sure hope we attain a little more of that coffee station style in the rest of the space, cuz I sure love that wall more than the rest of the room 🙂
Amy | Stow and TellU says
Thanks so much for including us in $100 Room Challenge. I LOVE that coffee station and I think your idea of matching the table and chair set is going to be maaar-velous! Looking forward to next week’s progress.
I am SO happy to have you. I’m excited to see how everyone’s room progress over the next few weeks… and I’m excited to get this dining room to a better place 🙂
Wow! That’s a big to do list. Can’t wait to see how it turns out! It’s going to look so different. Thanks so much for inviting us to participate with you!
I am SO excited to have people joining in this time around. It is SO fun to see everyone’s rooms and their plans for the space. I know I’ve got some lofty goals and I probably won’t be able to get to everything, but I’m hoping the room looks a whole lot better as the weeks go by.
Maria Brittis says
Wow I cant wait to see the transformation! The lighting is going to be challenging. Thanks god for hand me downs! I am using stuff in my attic an buying accessories. Thats the key
Lighting is a challenge for sure. Not many light fixtures are going to fit within the budget, I’m afraid. We’ll see what happens. I’m totally fine with keeping our current lighting if I can’t find what I’m looking for. You are SO right! Using stuff you already have on hand is the best.
I absolutely love the coffee station! I am hoping to add one to my kitchen. Can’t wait to see how it all turns out! Thanks for organizing all us crazy $100 makeover-ers 🙂
I have wanted a coffee station for SO long, and we finally put it at the top of our to-do list. It’s been such a fun space (especially when you compare it to what it looked like before)… and I am beyond thrilled to have you joining in on the challenge.
Erin this is such a sweet space! And it reminds me of my own stage in life when I started to shed those short curtains and mismatched chairs from an earlier part of married life. It will look so pretty!
Thanks Colleen. We’ve been waiting to update the table since we didn’t want our children destroying it with glue, glitter, and markers, and I think that time has come. I’m so excited to get working on this space!
I love all of your ideas! I can’t wait to see how the table comes out. I especially love your story on your little one flinging fruit across the room! I’m looking forward to all of the changes!
Ha! Too bad it wasn’t peaches or something that would’ve blended in with the curtains. I probably wouldn’t have even bothered washing them 🙂
Meredith @ The Palette Muse says
I’ve been through that exact same thing with curtains before! This whole room is going to be gorgeous when you’re done though. Can’t wait to see!
Yea. I’m pretty sure those curtains should have gone a long time ago, but they provide the privacy needed from our neighbors who would be able to see right in 🙂
Kristen & Vicki says
Hey Erin! You have a really great space to makeover for this challenge! Love your ideas and we are so excited to be a part of this Challenge!
I am so excited to have you joining in! Hoping to end up with a much more cohesive space in a few weeks 🙂
Jeanie Emmert says
Hi Erin, I can’t wait to watch this space transform. I’ll keep my fingers crossed and hope that you will find the absolute perfect light fixture at an amazing price! Thanks for including us in the challenge!
So excited to have you joining in on the challenge! I’m also keeping my fingers crossed that the perfect light fixture will come along, but if not, I think there’s still a lot the can be accomplished with $100.
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Haha, totally laughing about the only painting one wall thing ( I do the same thing sometimes!). Can’t wait to see what you can do with this space!
I hate painting, so if I’m not going to photograph the green walls, why paint them? Ummm… Because they completely clash with the new coffee station??? My goal is to paint the space this week so it’s done and I don’t have to think about it 🙂
Kendra @ www.joyinourhome.com says
Can’t wait to see what you do, Erin! I’ll have to jump on board next month! I’ve often wanted to redo our dining room set so I’m excited to see yours!
I’d love to have you join in! I admit, this time around is so much more exciting with other people taking on the challenge with me. A little more energizing 🙂
Thanks for hosting the challenge. I can’t wait to see your dining room. We did ours a bit back. Almost everything was from Craigslist, goodwill, or what we owned. Oh, our chandelier came from Habitat ReStore.
I am truly so excited for this challenge. It is SO much better with friends joining in! Thanks for the idea of the Restore. I always forget about it.