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Atlanta Homeowner Gives Dining Room Budget Makeover


by Staff

Continuing our blog series on our "Decorating on a Dime" Contest is a budget dining room makeover by local design blogger Michelle Rothmeier. Spending $825, Michelle was able to give her unfinished dining room a fresh new flare that speaks to her traditional tastes.

With a new navy blue paint job accenting the white-painted paneling, the room is now vibrant and alive. A farmhouse-style dining table, vintage and reclaimed chairs, now painted and covered, together with a flatweave rug from IKEA create the centerpiece of the space. Overhead lighting is provided by a pendant light she scored on sale at Crate and Barrel.

Michelle takes the room to the next level with the addition of two DIY projects; a gigantic sunburst mirror made from bamboo sticks, round mirror, and shiny metallic pearl paint, and an abstract art piece made with a blank canvas, paint, and painters tape. Additional personalization comes in the form of a chic stenciled built-in wine rack.

Here are Michelle's expenses for the entire project:

  • Wall paint (Behr) $50
  • Dining table (Cost Plus World Market) $450
  • Vintage dining chairs (Habitat for Humanity ReStore) and slipcovers (Kmart) $50
  • Chair cushions (Cost Plus World Market) $30
  • Bamboo sticks (Michaels)$5
  • Round mirror (Target) $10
  • Metallic spray paint (Krylon) $15
  • Stencil for wine rack (Hobby Lobby) $15
  • Vintage books (Habitat for Humanity ReStore) $20
  • Blank canvas (Hobby Lobby) and painter’s tape (Scotch Blue) $15
  • Throw pillows (Ikea and Target) $15
  • Flat-weave area rug (Ikea) $200
  • Vases (Ikea) $10
  • Pendant light and lighting kid (Crate & Barrel) $25

Contest winners will be revealed in the February issue of Atlanta Home Improvement magazine. Check out some of the other contest entries from homeowners like you, and stay tuned for updates on our blog:

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