One Room Challenge Week Six– Dining Room Reveal

Well guys…Times up! The six week One Room Challenge is officially over! I’ll be honest, for while there I wasn’t sure I was going to make the deadline. Gallons of oil based paint and lots of detail work does not make for a quick transformation. Top that off with a house full of boxes and a full-time job and the odds were stacked against me. In the end though, I really only have one or two more things I would have done if I’d had more time so to me the project was a success

For those of you who have not been following along, the One Room Challenge is a twice yearly event hosted by Linda of Calling It Home. During this event twenty design bloggers take on the challenge to transform one space in just six weeks. Every Wednesday, the designers document their progress while sharing their sources and professional advice. In addition to following along, everyone with a blog, (that’s me!) is welcome to join the fun as a guest participant by linking their own room transformations to Calling It Home.In case you forgot where I started with this here are a few before shots.

Pretty boring with a few good bones so for this transformation I decided to go all out bold. Remember guys I’ve been in a rental for the last four years so I’ve had a lot creativity bottled up just ready to let out. Here’s me letting loose!

If you haven’t been keeping up  you can see the transformation in real-time here:

Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4, Week 5

Or just skip straight to the big reveal…

My thrift store Karastan rug  is what really kicked off my inspiration for this room with its bold aqua and fuchsia pattern.

Once the colors started falling int place my husband said it reminded him of the jungle, so I went with it. My West German pottery got a dose of tropical foliage for the dining table center piece and I added plants all around.

You may remember this room was originally the living room the 1970’s built ins were intended for an old school box style TV. Rather than fight this awkward bump out I decided to make it look intentional by adding a bar area and of course my fabulous thrift store Greek key pulls.

When we first moved in I hated the black marble tile around the fireplace but now with the new paint I’m kind of digging it!

You may also remember in my earlier posts that I was unsure about my toile wall stencil that I was intending to go all the way around the room. In the end I decided to use it only on one wall since the others already had some fuchsia accents. I’m glad I did because the result was just enough….

Especially once I got it all styled up with my vintage credenza and lamps.

A little extra golden glam never hurts either…

I’m including the source list below but unfortunately for you guys is more of a #ThriftScoreThursday post but I thought you might enjoy seeing just how little I spent on some of these pieces.


*Affiliate links included in this list*

Paint: Sherwin Williams  Deep Sea Dive , Tradewind , and Juneberry.

Stencil: Secret Garden Toile

Side Chairs: M38 Wire side chairs

Round Mirror : TjMaxx

Dining table: Estate sale $150

Captains Chairs: Estate sale $75 each

Chandelier: Thrift store $35

Lamps: Second hand store $15 each

Lamp Shades: Habitat Restore $10 each still in original plastic

Credenza: Thrift store $60

Bamboo Plant Stand: Garage sale $20

Rug: Thrift Store $175

Cabinet Door Handles: Thrift Store $1 each

West German vases: Collected from various German thrift stores and flea markets at various prices, one actually had a tag for .40 (Euro)

Bar set: Thrift store and Garage sale collection: Carafes $4 each, Malachite tray $3, Mirror $8, Glasses $1 each.

Water color Painting: Art Coop $50 Large Pastel: Garage Sale $3

Console Table: Antique Shop $99

Globes: Flea markets, garage sales and thrift stores $3-$20

Built in Accessories: Almost entirely thrift store finds with he exception of my design books which I usually order off of Amazon.

I also wanted to let you know that this room is Blanche approved, unfortunately my rug is now her new favorite spot.

Now don’t forget to pop over and see the final reveals of the rest of the guest participants and featured bloggers .





  1. Maggie this space ks beautiful! bsolutely beautiful and totally up my alley. I love all the colours and accents. Pinning!

  2. Melissa says:

    It came out beautiful! You said in an earlier post, you weren’t sure about the stenciled wall, but I think it looks amazing!

  3. Karen says:

    Maggie, it’ a wonderful transformation. Love all the jewel tone colors with the gorgeous rug.

  4. maggie, this is such a boldly dramatic space! unique and awesome!!!

  5. This looks amazing! I’m so glad you kept with the stencil after all. Everything came together perfectly!

  6. It’s so pretty, Maggie! I love the mix of modern and traditional! The colors are perfection!

  7. Gretchen@BoxyColonial says:

    I love this room so much!! So much color, and that rug is just amazing. You’re giving me the courage to paint the judge’s paneling in our dining room; I’m scared of doing too much dark trim because someday I might have to paint over it again…but it just looks so good!

    • I was terrified Gretchen but I figured no guts no glory, and I think it is completely glorious … better than I hoped for sure. Go for it!

  8. WOW! You have so many amazing pieces in this space. I love that you finally have a place to let your true colors shine! I’m also SO impressed by how much you got done in such a short time.

  9. Another great job Maggie!!!! WOW!!

  10. luluthebaker says:

    What a transformation! Gorgeous dining room! I love all the rich colors.

  11. Such a unique and beautiful space! I’m of course loving that sideboard!!

  12. Jan Odom says:

    Nailed it!

  13. It looks absolutely wonderful, well done on putting it all together!! xx

  14. This room is beyond good! I mean, seriously! It is amazing! The wallpaper, the contrast! I love it

  15. Stephanie @ Casa Watkins Living says:

    Ooooooh my goodness Maggie! It’s perfect. I love the mix of styles and especially how you incorporated the chinoiserie toile. Very bold colors and they work excellent in this space.

  16. Gorgeous! Loooooove the peacocks on the mantle and everything else. Is the color the same as the color of your fireplace in the last house or just very close? Well done.

  17. Once again, you knocked it out of the park! Your dining room is special! The stencil turned out great. You make me want to “move” our dining room into our yet-to-be-done living room just for the fireplace aspect. Beautiful!!

  18. Maggie this is absolutely one of my favorite makeovers from the ORC. I love the chandelier, the stenciled wall, rug, chairs, I could go on. Plus I adore your fearless use of color. Congrats on a fantastic makeover.

  19. This is the one I was waiting for… I was afraid you weren’t going to keep the stenciled wall but I am so pleased to see it in all of its glory. I love the colors you chose based on that incredible rug (what a score!). If anyone needed convincing that thrift shopping is the way to go; you are the one to convince them. Thank you for including your thrift finds in the resources. I love thrift shopping and get a vicarious thrill from all of your treasures! Just an absolutely beautiful room. You must be so pleased with it!

  20. The stencil wall ended up coming out beautifully! Such a bold space, and a big improvement

  21. Brynne | The Gathered Home says:

    It’s incredible, Maggie!!!! Your instincts (as always) were spot on! I love the stenciled wall and the teal and fuchsia! It all turned out so amazing!!!

  22. You styled this room beautifully! That chandelier and those dining chairs – oh my goodness!

  23. Maggie girl! I always say the first room you decorate in your home sets the foundation for what the rest of your home will look like. With that said, I am pumped to see what you do in all the other areas of your home. This turned out beautiful! I love the colors you used and how you mixed and matched styles. Bravo my friend!

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