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Dining Room Reveal

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We have lots of great dining room decor ideas for you in this dining room reveal! It took a long time, but we couldn’t be happier with our new dining room!

Better late than never, right?

Well, the dining room makeover took a little longer than expected, but what’s a few extra months between friends?

And can you believe it? We finally finished it! This room makeover has been 5 years in the making, but we officially launched it here on the blog back in February! Look, when it comes to room-sized projects, we’re not exactly Speedy Gonzales. Remember the Guest Bathroom? How about the Deck? And the Laundry Room?

Anyway, back to the dining room makeover. Yeah, it took a long time. Here’s some footage that Handan captured of me making some real progress one afternoon.

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First, let’s take a moment to appreciate the beauty of a long list of completed and crossed-out projects.

Dining Room Makeover Checklist

  1. Moodboard and plan.
  2. Paint the room.
  3. Create a gallery wall and design printables for it.
  4. Decide on the rug.
  5. Buy Chairs.
  6. Build dining table.
  7. Build a small console table.
  8. Makeover/upcycle antique wardrobe.
  9. Makeover/paint the buffet table.
  10. Decorate dining room.

There were some long and complicated projects in this makeover! (I’m looking at you, Farmhouse Dining Table with Gothic Revival Legs and Antique China Cabinet aka The Wooden-Boobed Wonder!) But now that all is set and settled, Handan and I couldn’t be happier with our dining room.

We have DIYs, we have makeovers, we have store-bought stuff, and we have one-of-a-kind pieces from all over the world that we picked up in our travels. The room defies a style categorization, but let’s call it World Eclectic. That sounds nice and fancy, doesn’t it?

What once was dark and dreary has become light, airy and open.

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I love how the dining space flows into the living space. Now that we’ve lightened up the walls, the whole first floor feels so much bigger. When the walls were dark, Handan used to feel like they were closing in on her, especially throughout the long, dark winters. Now the house breathes.

As a reminder, this is how it looked before we moved in.

Dining Room Reveal - TheNavagePatch.com

Dining Room Reveal - TheNavagePatch.com

The focal point is the dining table. Duh. It’s a dining room. But this a table we’ll keep forever. With legs salvaged from a vintage Gothic Revival table and a DIY custom-built ash top, this Frankentable is my pride and joy. The chairs are from Pier 1, and they work perfectly with the table, the rug and the room. Don’t worry about keeping track of what came from where. There’s a source list at the end of the post with all those juicy details.

Dining Room Reveal - TheNavagePatch.com

Dining Room Reveal - TheNavagePatch.com

Dining Room Reveal - TheNavagePatch.com

Speaking of that rug, it’s not the same one pictured in our Dining Room Makeover Plan post. We tried that rug for a while, but realized it was just a little too small for the table and chairs. Fortunately, we had another one in storage. I know, I know, we’re lucky! Handan’s mother bought a bunch of beautiful silk rugs in Afghanistan back in the 90s for very little money, and she had them in storage at her house in Turkey until we relieved her of four of them, including the two big ones pictured here and in the plan post. There’s no way we’d be able to afford these same rugs if we had to buy them today, so we are thrilled to have them!

Here is the view towards the front door.

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Dining Room Reveal - TheNavagePatch.com

Dining Room Reveal - TheNavagePatch.com

This little corner of the room is the only place where you won’t find a DIY. The cabinet, lighted glass vases and the Buddha came from HomeGoods, and we bought the brass oil lamps in India.

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Dining Room Reveal - TheNavagePatch.com

Dining Room Reveal - TheNavagePatch.com

Above the Buddha’s head hangs Handan’s favorite JRR Tolkien quote. Handan made a larger version than the one we previously gave to our VIP members, so head on over to the VIP Patch for your free printable! It’s under the Oversize Book Page Art section of the VIP Patch.

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Standing between the entryway and my office is one of our very first DIYs, long before The Navage Patch was a twinkle in our eyes. Handan bought some vintage-looking suitcases online, and I installed spindle legs on them. We have one more in a bigger size in the guest room.

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The back wall has the most going on.

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Our printables gallery wall hangs above my DIY Farmhouse Console Table, and they’re flanked by two vintage-style doors that Handan bought from Grandin Road.

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Dining Room Reveal - TheNavagePatch.com

Sitting at the base of those doors are wooden bird cage lanterns that we bought at HomeGoods.

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A basket of faux flowers the the corner brings a pop of color to the room.

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The DIY farmhouse console holds a mix old and new, near and far. Jade elephants that Handan bought years ago in Abu Dhabi wind their way around a tag sale lantern, while two metal vases topped with dried hydrangeas stand sentry on either end.

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Dining Room Reveal - TheNavagePatch.com

Underneath sits an armillary along with a couple of antique jugs that we’ve collected over the years.

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Dining Room Reveal - TheNavagePatch.com

The antique china cabinet stands in the corner by the back door. That was one hell of a restoration! Atop are two vases that Handan’s mother bought in Saudi Arabia decades ago. The leather elephant came from a consignment store in town. I took one look at it and knew that Handan would love it.

Handan explained the Turkish evil eye in a previous post. We have them all around the house, but the most prominent hangs above our back door. We mounted a large evil eye on a ceiling medallion, and it’s one of my favorite things in our house.

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I love the blues contrasting off the white medallion.

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We love light here at The Navage Patch – especially fairy lights! Handan’s stuffing them into anything with a glass face these days. But they make our house glow at night, and I love them! She put them to good use on and around the vintage buffet that we just madeover.

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Dining Room Reveal - TheNavagePatch.com

Handan made this little guy. We never post DIYs this small. I wouldn’t know what to say, LOL!

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Dining Room Reveal - TheNavagePatch.com

Dining Room Reveal - TheNavagePatch.com

Dining Room Reveal - TheNavagePatch.com

Dining Room Reveal - TheNavagePatch.com

We bought a ton of candles from Hobby Lobby this past winter, and we have them scattered about the house and the dining room.

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And as the day wears on, and the sun dips low, the lights become more prominent.

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Dining Room Reveal - TheNavagePatch.com

I had some company for this photoshoot. Handan took a pic of my watchers.

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And I swung my camera around and snapped them too.

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They always look so interested in my work!

And one last pic as night took over. The bulbs in the chandelier are Philips Hue smart bulbs, so I’m able to control the color temperature and intensity from my smartphone. They’re great for setting the mood!

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51 Comments

  1. Absolutely gorgeous! I love how in the day your home looks so airy and at night so cozy! Definitely worth all the hard work! As for not knowing what to say about a small project, I find that hard to believe! Lol!
    P.S. A lot of Canadians live near the border and can very easily make a trip to Home Depot! Just sayin’! ?

      1. Thank you so much! I don’t think you can spend them in Canada but it is only a quick tunnel or bridge ride to Michigan for me!

  2. There are no Words Handan and Greg! A Long Wait But definitely worth the wait!
    Outta the Park Awesome! Job well done You Too!!

  3. Your dining room is beautiful two of my favourite things – wood and ironwork, i love everything about that room created with skill and love, you are the most wonderful talented couple. I have just found my dream home unfortunately for me it belongs to you. May you both enjoy many happy years in your beautiful home and keep entertaining us with your wonderful blogs. Love the footage of Greg relaxing at the top of the post but the feet was one pic too far.

  4. okay, okay you can get me off of the deck to come into the dining room to eat, gosh guys you tempt me so much to just come and move right in, but i guess i will just have to wait until i see that laundry room is done, you know only one carry on now to fly so i will have stinky clothes to wash ha ha xx

  5. Gorgeous! Everything has come together beautifully and the light is fabulous! The lighter colors really do open the room up so much. Congratulations on another job well done!

  6. Oh. Em. Gee! That is absolutely beautiful!! But, that silk rug clenches it. We can no longer be best friends, I’m going to have to give up my dream of swapping houses for vacations, and everything else, because if I ever spilled food on a silk rug, I would NEVER be able to forgive myself!! LOL! It is so incredibly beautiful, though, and fits the room beautifully! Nice job, Greg and Handan!! Very nice job!!

    1. Stain Shmain! We have a Bissell portable stain cleaner ( https://rstyle.me/n/c8ictvcb45f ), and it’ll suck the stink off cheese! The only rule is NO DOG BONES because those greasy things are impossible to clean. We know from experience with the other silk rug, lol! Even a professional cleaning couldn’t get rid of the grease. Blech.

  7. OMG GREG!!! You and Handan never cease to amaze me. Your home is absolutely BEAUTIFUL, magazine ready, but has a “love lives here” warmth to it.
    You should be very proud!
    (Would you adopt me?? Just so you know I come with husband and a 19 year old daughter!!!)

  8. Love everything about this room! Especially excited about the new book page printable. (Thanks!) We recently moved into a new to us home, and I have yet to hang the first picture! But I want to paint first. I love the color you chose. Thanks for all the inspiration! I always look forward to your blogs in my email.

    1. Thank you, Collier, I’m so happy we’ve inspired you! Send us pics of our printables hanging on your walls when you get there!

  9. It really is “Home Sweet Home!!!” Grand job you’al!! May you live “happily ever after!!” franki

  10. It’s very nice of you to share the Home Depot gift cards with us. I also use Behr Paint. I’m waiting for the sale Labor Day weekend to buy a couple of gallons for our kitchen. Though how I’m going to paint the kitchen with a Walking Boot on my foot I’m not sure yet. It’s amazing how painting a room and change so much.

  11. Thank you for the chance to win and the tour, it all looks lovely! I really like how you’ve brought your own style and things that are special to our family to the space.

  12. ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS ☘️???
    YET. AGAIN…..I have purchased paint but not started yet on my own kitchen and dining room because of the market that we have coming up in October and I doubt I can get my farm house to look as beautiful as this BUT you guys have inspired me once again. Thank you so much for sharing!??☘️???

  13. This was worth the extra time and effort, what a lovely dinning room. It’s so bright and airy during the daytime and so romantic at night with all the lights twinkling. Another great room makeover you two!