It’s the time you have been patiently waiting for…the first room in the newest Angela Rose Home has officially been transformed! I had so many inspiration pictures collected and dreams in my head for the entry dining room. I wanted it to be just right. You guys, my entry dining room turned out even better than I could have ever imagined! It feels like I am living in the pages of a magazine! I put so much thought and care into every DIY project in this room and I can’t wait to share my complete dining room reveal with you.
Dining Room Project 1: Black Windows and Doors
The first DIY project I tackled in the dining room was modernizing the windows and doors. You guys almost broke Instagram polls when I asked for opinions about adding window pane grids to my sliding glass door. Some people felt very strongly that adding grids would block light and the view while others were all in for the grids. In the end, I had to stay true to myself. So I added the grids. With DIY you can change it if you don’t like it, right? Well, I love it! And, I am pretty sure I changed a few opinions about adding grids to windows to give an updated modern feel.
If you are like me and love how black modern windows look, you need to DIY the windows in your home. Check out my full tutorial on how to update old doors and windows. Just because your windows and doors may be old doesn’t mean they aren’t great. You just have to know how to upgrade old doors and windows. Remember, if you don’t like your view, change it!
Dining Room Project 2: Sleek Cement-looking Walls
Once the windows were upgraded, it was time to start working on the walls. Were you hanging out with me on Instagram while I was working on them? I had some really cool inspiration pictures which motivated me to figure out how to get sleek cement looking walls.
I figured out the best way to achieve a cement look was to use Roman Clay by Portola Paints. The application of the Roman Clay isn’t very hard, but a little practice goes a long way. I suggest WATCHING THE TUTORIAL video from Portola Paints and check out my step-by-step guide of how to get sleek cement looking walls. I love how my walls turned out and I know if you add this feature into your home you are going to love them too!
Dining Room Project 3: Faux Beams
The next DIY project in this room was one of the BIGGEST projects I’ve ever done. I’m talking about the Pinterest worthy gorgeous faux beams that I just had to have. Luckily I had some amazing help from my DIY besties to make my vision come to life.
You guys, these faux beams are seriously so BIG! They are 13 feet long, 12 inches deep, and 7 inches wide. And there are 8 of them! It felt like the equivalent of building 12 dining room tables from scratch. Everyone told me, “ Don’t do it.” “It’s going to be too hard.” But I knew I had to have them. So, in true Angela fashion, I had to go for it!
Faux beams are a beautiful DIY feature to add into your space. Once the beams went up in the dining room, the space completely changed. If you are interested in the process I went through when building them for this dining room. Check out my blog post. If having picture perfect faux beams is a project you’ve been thinking about trying, I’ll be your biggest cheerleader!
The last feature that needed to be installed in this room were the light fixtures. The Calor pendant lights by Alora lighting spoke to me and I knew, just like everything else for the project, I had to have them. They are big and beautiful, just like the faux beams. Plus, the combination of white and vintage brass add a unique style to the room. Aubrey especially loved the vintage brass on the pendant light, but to me, it was a bit too shiny for the room. So, in true Angela fashion, I made it my own.
To tone down the insides of the pendants, I added some Rub ‘n Buff in Antique Gold. Rub ‘n Buff is an amazing metallic finish that you easily apply to home decor with your fingers or a rag. Once I applied the antique gold color, the pendants looked earthy, distressed, and lived in. The complete dining room is a vibe and now the lights are the perfect addition.
Dining Room Table and Chairs
Once everything was installed, it was time to focus on the most important parts of a dining room: having a table set up where you can gather and spend time with your loved ones.
The goal of updating this room was to have an inviting space that was modern. To do that, I had to find the perfect dining chairs for the space. Good thing I had a bunch of modern dining chairs to choose from. Ultimately, I decided to go with the Summer Dining Chair by Lulu and Georgia. They have very traditional elements, while also retaining a modern look that will give any dining room a relaxed, but sophisticated modern feel.
I found the perfect table to keep the sophisticated and modern vibe going in the dining room. The Reese Table from Lulu and Georgia is the ultimate centerpiece for my dining room and I know it would be gorgeous in yours too! I love that it is on the understated side. This allows the table to complement the other features in the dining room, like chairs, rugs, light fixtures, etc.
One of the reasons I was working so hard on this room was because I wanted it to be ready on the day I announced my collaboration with Loloi rugs. I still need someone to pinch me! Working together for the past year and a half with Loloi has been a dream, and I am so proud of what we have created together. So much love and thought has gone into making each rug and pillow collection great.
I feel like every item from each collection is like one of my children, so when it came time to pick a rug for under the dining room table it was so hard! Ultimately I decided to go with the Natural Black rug from the Colton Collection.
Fun Fact: Each of my collections with Loloi are named after my kids. (The Aubrey Collection, the Blake Collection, the Colton Collection, plus the Pillow Collection.) So, when I say I love these collections like my kids, you know I really mean it.
The perfect way to tie this room together, and honestly any room, is to add in some natural features. I love using faux plants throughout my home as decor because they breathe life into any space. But, If you are anything like me, you don’t have a green thumb. Because I don’t have a green thumb but love having natural greens in my home, I’ve learned how to make faux plants look realistic. For the dining room, I found the perfect faux olive tree on Etsy that tied everything together.
My Complete Dining Room Reveal
This dining room has been so much more than a room refresh to me. It has been a creative opportunity to express myself while also inspiring me to do more. It has been a fun way for me to announce my rug and pillow collections with Loloi. But most importantly, it has reminded me that I am surrounded and supported by the best people. I could not have finished this room and given you my complete dining room reveal if it weren’t for the people in my corner. I want to be there for you, just like so many people have been there for me throughout this process. So, please follow along on Instagram and TikTok and tag me @angelarosehome in your room reveals. Let’s DIY together!