Dining Room The Victorian House

Making Over the Dining Room

Our dining room had creamy white walls when we moved in, and a large freestanding oak hutch that the previous owners left to us. Brandon and I plunked our dining table and chairs in the room, filled the hutch and arranged a display on its shelves, and that was about it. I would love to put up wallpaper eventually, but we still have some work to do on the first floor that will have us opening up the walls so it doesn’t make sense to paper them now. I was growing tired of the wall color though, and I figured it was time for a new coat of paint.

The dining room windows are north-facing and the house next door is pretty close, so we don’t get a ton of natural light in there. I didn’t want to go too dark with the walls since I had already painted the adjacent room black, so I chose Benjamin Moore’s ‘Basking Ridge Beige.’

Dining Room

It’s a subtle, historical pink, one shade darker than the color I used in the nearby library. I love the way it turned out, but at night the room still read as really yellow.

Dining Room with Fluorescent Lighting

I’ll be working on four projects over the next four weeks, making over rooms with just $100 from Target and GE reveal® LED light bulbs. I knew right away that the dining room would be my first pick for this series, because swapping out that old fluorescent bulb would definitely improve the look and feel of the space. I also decided to use sheets of wrapping paper that we had on hand to line the hutch, new candleholders that I’d repurpose as vases, and napkins that played off of the pierced metal hurricanes.

GE reveal® LED bulb, patterned paper, and candleholders and napkins from Target

I put together this video, detailing the changes to the room.

Dining Room | Making it Lovely

So much better! We eat every meal in our dining room, and we need the light on more often than not. The wall color looks far more true with the new bulb than it did before. Also, I’m so glad that my idea for fixing the lighting fixture with parts from a decorative knob worked! That hole in the bottom of the glass always bugged me.

Dining Room with Reveal® LED Lighting

Ah, the table. It would be lovely to have fresh flowers all the time, but of course I can use the candleholders for their intended purpose too, and the napkins work with them either way.

Table Setting | Making it Lovely

The dining room was fine before, but it’s making me much happier now.

Dining Room | Making it Lovely

GE LightingI’ll be hosting a Twitter chat with GE Lighting, along with Mandi from Vintage Revivals and Brooke from All Things Thrifty this Thursday night at 7:30 Central. I hope you can join us!

Also, Target will be holding a demo day for GE LED bulbs (including GE reveal®) across the country on March 1 with $1 off coupons. The bulbs are also on sale, buy two get one free March 1-7 with no coupon required.


If you had a $100 gift card to Target and GE reveal® bulbs, what would you bring in to update your dining room? Comment below for a chance to win your own #100reveal makeover!

See the complete rules for more information.

I’m so excited to be a GE reveal® #100reveal sponsored blogger. Opinions are my own, projects have been chosen by me, and additional products used in the project were selected by me and provided by GE reveal®.

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  • Reply
    February 27, 2015 at 6:19 am

    Not participating in the contest here!
    Just wanted to say that you really made it lovely! I’m copying your hutch makeover for the inside of my wardrobe!

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    February 27, 2015 at 8:10 am

    Today we’re closing on my dream house: a ranch with a walk-out basement. It’s the first time we’ll have an actual dining room (current house has dining area adjacent to living room). I am excited to keep a leaf in my table and have it ready for company at all times. I’d like to see a new larger lamp on my sideboard and a cheery runner on my table. Target has these things!

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    Jamie G
    February 27, 2015 at 10:01 am

    Thanks for the contest! I would love to add a table runner and some nice cloth napkins to my kitchen table, as well as some candles. Good luck, everyone!

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    February 27, 2015 at 10:37 am

    I love the Rifle Paper Co in the hutch! Adds just the right pop of color/pattern to the room! I would love to get some new accessories for our porch/garden for Spring!

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    February 27, 2015 at 10:54 am

    Linens! I need more cute placemats, napkins and table cloths, both for everyday and special occasions.

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    February 27, 2015 at 11:02 am

    I actually already use GE Reveal bulbs in my dining room chandelier, and I love them! I’d love to get some new cloth napkins and some decorative elements to spice up the top of my buffet. It looks great at Christmas time when it’s filled with glass trees and reindeer, but it’s sad the rest of the year.

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    Kathleen Preslar
    February 27, 2015 at 12:52 pm

    Love your historical style. We recently bought some new bulbs and I can’t believe the difference it makes in our kitchen!

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    February 27, 2015 at 2:21 pm


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    Sarah @ 702 Park Project
    February 27, 2015 at 3:15 pm

    My dining room needs something on the walls. Like, bad. I love the purple that we decided to go with, but our walls seem to go on forever and they are looking pretty naked! I’m definitely going to try out those bulbs…the closer to natural daylight, the better!

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    February 27, 2015 at 7:33 pm

    I would love to get new linens and some decorative pieces for our sideboard! And I will definitely be trying out these bulbs.

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    February 28, 2015 at 10:42 am

    I would love to try out those new bulbs, in a new floor lamp for my living room.

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    Megan m
    February 28, 2015 at 10:22 pm

    Maybe some new dishes!

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    March 1, 2015 at 2:07 pm

    I would definitely change out the bulbs in my dining room…most especially in the sconces. I also need something on the windows

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    March 1, 2015 at 2:13 pm

    i have a friend who leaves her table set all fancy year round. i think your set table looks so inviting!

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    March 1, 2015 at 4:42 pm

    I already use GE Reveal light bulbs in our chandelier. The best lighting! I’ve been thinking about adding something to the walls and a spring centerpiece.

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    March 1, 2015 at 10:07 pm

    I need three new light bulbs like yesterday! Hahaha I’m excited to try out these GE ones. My dining room definitely needs some help. It needs some color and something on the walls. I love flowers and a fresh bright look so I would find items to brighten up my small space. I love those chairs you have! If only target had those cheap. :)

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    March 2, 2015 at 1:28 am

    I would love some new drapes and target has so many to choose from! Thanks for the fun giveaway!

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    March 2, 2015 at 12:00 pm

    I really need a new light fixture!

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    Judy N
    March 2, 2015 at 12:54 pm

    What a simple refresh of the dining room, but so effective! I have been a fan of GE Reveal bulbs for a long time now, and am running low on my supply, so I would definitely get some more if I won. They are really nice in our windowless bathroom. I would also like a new shower curtain and spring/summer towels—something bright and cheery. Thanks for the chance to win!

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      Judy N
      March 3, 2015 at 8:13 am

      Oops–I forgot the #‎100reveal hashtag!

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    March 2, 2015 at 7:40 pm

    I would love to buy a table cloth and runner, and cloth napkins. Maybe a serving dish or 2. I’ve also been wanting to do a plug in lighting solution for above the dining table, I want to DIY something.

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    March 3, 2015 at 8:54 am

    So good Nicole your are genius at subtle yet impacful improvements. I want to try these bulbs now, everything is so yellow around here at night. Love the the target candle holders too!

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    March 3, 2015 at 5:34 pm

    Our 1904 townhouse lacks a dining room, but my eat-in kitchen could use some love in the form of some non-chipped dinnerware and flatware that doesn’t fall off the plates because the handles are too heavy!

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    Docia Fuller
    March 3, 2015 at 11:36 pm

    i love those bulbs, I just need a new light to put them in !

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    March 4, 2015 at 10:16 pm


    Forgot to put that hashtag on this post’s comment! I would still buy linens.

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    March 9, 2015 at 10:59 am

    A new light fixture and rug! And I still need to refinish the dining chairs…

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    Beth C
    March 10, 2015 at 2:55 pm

    I’ve been (very) slowly working on updating my dining room. I bought some stencils from Target–now I just need to get around to using them! #100reveal

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