It’s hard to believe we have been in our home for almost nine months now! Slowly but surely we have been making changes to make it feel more like home! When we moved in we knew one of the first projects we wanted to tackle (after painting our front door!) was to transform the dining room!
One of the things we liked about this house when we first viewed it was the openness of the downstairs area. The dining room is the one space downstairs that isn’t fully open to another room so we knew this would be a great space to have as our first big project. We started with a blank canvas so to speak and decided to paint the room a bold color! Be sure to scroll to the bottom of the post to see the “before” photos… two from the listing and two as we worked on the room!
We worked with Clare paint to find the perfect bold color for our space. I personally loved that you can sample the paint colors, without all the mess! You can order swatches that are peel-and-stick, which is perfect for making sure you like the color in different lighting. After testing out a few swatches, we landed on Goodnight Moon, a dark navy, for the wall and Fresh Kicks, a neutral white, for the trim! We had all the supplies we needed, thanks to Clare – including paint rollers, trays, painter’s tape, and paint brushes.My dad came up and helped us add wainscoting. Adding the wainscoting made the space more elevated and really helped to transform the room. The wainscoting required quite a bit of logistical thinking and math since every wall is a different size. Luckily my dad was able to work all of that out (thank goodness, it went WAY over my head!) and make it perfect for us!
We were able to complete this project in three weekends! The trim took three coats and was the longest, most tedious part of the project. The navy paint took three coats. The paint went on so smooth and dried well! We couldn’t be happier with the way this space turned out!
Traditional paint stores were incredibly overwhelming to us as the paint possibilities were virtually endless. We knew the color we wanted but couldn’t find the exact one… until we discovered Clare! Their Goodnight Moon was the perfect true navy with no undertones. I liked that their product has no toxic air contaminants or EPA chemicals, has an ultra-low odor and dries quickly. The brand also has a high focus on sustainability which you can read more about here.
ready for the before photos?
The first set of photos are how the dining room looked when we viewed the home (aka this is the old owner’s belonging). We didn’t really get many good “before” photos & these show just how big of an impact paint can have on a room! The second set of photos were taken when my dad was assembling the wainscoting!
this post is in partnership with Clare paint. All thoughts are my own.