Before & After: Renita’s Thanksgiving-Ready Dining Room

by hookedonhouses on November 21, 2012

Last week I showed you Renita’s amazing kitchen makeover. She’s a reader who entered my Hooked on Your Kitchens Contest, and I loved her new dining room, too, which looks like the perfect gathering place for Thanksgiving dinner. This is how it started out, when it was a den (above), but take a look at it now…

I love how she uses antiques and vintage finds in her home to give it character and a sense of whimsical style. And isn’t that “Thanksgiving” sign perfect for this time of year?

Again, here’s the before, with the fireplace, which was transformed in the remodel, too:

And the fireplace corner after:

You may remember Renita’s amazing kitchen makeover that I featured last week, which went from this:

To this:

Those upper cabinets were actually salvaged windows. She gave lots of helpful details and answered lots of your questions in the comments of that post about her kitchen if you want to know more.

Even the exterior of her house is charming:

Many thanks to Renita for sharing her home with us. To see more readers’ entries for my Kitchen Contest, click here. And thanks for keeping the comments about your fellow readers’ houses polite and positive.

We’re on our way to Indiana to visit my husband’s side of the family. Can’t wait to see everybody and eat some pumpkin pie. Happy Thanksgiving!

P.S. If you missed it:

Renita’s New Kitchen Goes Back in Time


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Catherine November 21, 2012 at 10:10 am

I love that she painted that scalloped edge white – it is such a lovely detail and would make me happy every time I walked in that room. Beautiful job!

House Crazy Sarah November 21, 2012 at 12:10 pm

agreed – painting the knotty pine paneling, beams and scalloping was a brilliant idea! The end result is amazing! Now I want to see more rooms in Renita’s house!!

Renita November 21, 2012 at 5:11 pm

Thanks, Catherine. Happy Thanksgiving!

Trish @TheOldPostRoad November 21, 2012 at 10:19 am

WOW!!! That was amazing! I love before and after photos – wouldn’t have believed it was the same room without the scallop trim!
Beautiful!
Trish

Renita November 21, 2012 at 5:11 pm

Thanks, Trish. Have a nice Thanksgiving!

Gail Rubin November 21, 2012 at 10:20 am

That is a Wow!!!! I love the color blue she used. Gorgeous.

Renita November 21, 2012 at 5:12 pm

Thanks, Gail. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

Jennifer November 21, 2012 at 10:21 am

I would love some details about painting that wood and a close up of a panel. I have similar wood in my dining room and I am so scared to paint it!

Renita November 21, 2012 at 5:15 pm

Hi Jennifer,

We used a primer and then oil paint (I believe). Don’t be scared to paint it if you don’t like it the way it is. I am sure you will be thrilled once it is done! Good Luck!

Have a great Thanksgiving.

Renita

Laura November 21, 2012 at 10:27 am

This woman is a godess among mere mortals!!! LOVE the reno!!! I have a knotty pine den that drives me NUTS that I can’t paint it (I’m technically in a “rent to inherit” situation from my parents – it was the house my dad grew up in). Maybe this will convince them to let me to paint it all! :-p

Renita November 21, 2012 at 5:18 pm

Wow, Laura! What an amazing compliment! Thanks so much.

Good luck with convincing your parents!.

Have a great Thanksgiving!

Kelly - Talk of the House November 21, 2012 at 10:40 am

What a cool house!!!! I loved the kitchen, but this is great too. Got any bedrooms to share with us? ha ha.
Have a happy Thanksgiving Julia!

Renita November 21, 2012 at 5:19 pm

Thanks, Kelly. Working on pictures of the rest of the house :)

Have a great Thanksgiving!

Amy November 21, 2012 at 11:04 am

I LOVE this! It’s exactly my taste. Just gorgeous and simple.

Renita November 21, 2012 at 5:19 pm

Thanks, Amy. Have a great Thanksgiving!

Baileywife November 21, 2012 at 11:31 am

I WANT THAT SIGN in her dining room! Love it! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday with your family!! ~Kim

Renita November 21, 2012 at 5:20 pm

Thank you Kim. WIshing you a wonderful Thanksgiving to you and your family, as well.

Luciane at HomeBunch.com November 21, 2012 at 11:48 am

Whoa! Incredible! This is soooo beautiful! I love the wall color… serene!

Have a lovely day, Julia!

xo

Luciane at HomeBunch.com

Renita November 21, 2012 at 5:21 pm

Thanks, Luciane. Happy Thanksgiving to you!

Erin November 21, 2012 at 11:55 am

What a happy space! Love it!

Renita November 21, 2012 at 5:22 pm

Thank you Erin. Happy Thanksgiving to you!

Marcela November 21, 2012 at 12:01 pm

Beautiful !!!! Congratulations.

Renita November 21, 2012 at 5:22 pm

Thank you Marcela. Happy Thanksgiving!

Tim November 21, 2012 at 12:04 pm

This is a wonderful transformation! I too would like to know more about painting the knotty pine paneling and how to prevent the knots from bleeding through. My parents filled the house with it in 50s and I can’t stand it, but have never known exactly what to do with it because of the knots.

Renita November 21, 2012 at 5:24 pm

Thanks, Tim. We primed the paneling and then used oil based paint (I believe). The knots did not bleed through but we put at least two to three coats of paint on.

Good luck with your paneling!

Have a great Thanksgiving.

martha November 21, 2012 at 12:20 pm

Just beautiful! Love every single thing! What a wonderful room to gather family and friends for Thanksgiving dinner. Thanks for sharing!

Renita November 23, 2012 at 12:22 pm

Thanks, Martha. Hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving!

Anne C. November 21, 2012 at 1:31 pm

love it- looks very cozy and inviting! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Renita November 23, 2012 at 12:23 pm

Hi Anne,

Thanks for your comment. Hope you had a great Thanksgiving!

Jennah November 21, 2012 at 1:43 pm

I have so much respect for the repurpose and reuse of so many details in her beautiful home. She’s very creative and innovative. Lovely. Thank you, Julia and Renita, for sharing!

Renita November 23, 2012 at 12:25 pm

Hi Jennah,

Thanks. I love to repurpose as you can tell! Hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving!

Meredith November 21, 2012 at 2:59 pm

This is gorgeous! Renita is a genius! It’s so cozy and harkens back to a much simpler time. LOVE it.

Renita November 23, 2012 at 12:26 pm

Thanks, Meredith. What a nice comment! Hope you had a great Thanksgiving!

Screendoorgirl 3 November 21, 2012 at 4:04 pm

So pretty! Thanks for sharing … Happy Thanksgiving Julia!!

Renita November 23, 2012 at 12:27 pm

Thanks for your comment. Hope you enjoyed your holiday!

Blake November 21, 2012 at 4:34 pm

a perfect transformation – and so inviting for a cozy Thanksgiving dinner!

Renita November 23, 2012 at 12:28 pm

Thank you Blake. Hope you enjoyed your holiday!

Linda November 21, 2012 at 5:24 pm

LOVE this home inside and out !!!! I wouldn’t have never dreamed of doing the things she did…..not brave enough or lacking in decorating talent……but she sure knows what she is doing. She NEEDS to start a bog, PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Renita November 23, 2012 at 12:32 pm

Hi Linda,

Thanks so much for all your kind words! I am about to start a blog in the next few weeks. I hope to talk about my antiquing and decorating adventures. I am out of town and have taken pictures of a number of great things in a couple of markets that I stopped at. Can’t wait to share them.

I hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving holiday and thanks again for your feedback.

Laura November 21, 2012 at 6:16 pm

LOVE LOVE LOVE! Wow! So creative and personal! Looking at the exterior of your house, it looks like it was built about the same time as mine, which makes me wonder about the floor plan. Is the eat in part of the kitchen in the other post in what is “supposed” to be the formal dining room and then what’s “supposed” to be the formal living room now the made-over dining room? If so, that’s kind of what we’ve done with our house. We have a big family and needed more space for a bigger dining table but have zero need for a formal living room, so we took it over for a bigger dining space. So glad to see you making your house your own. I’m so over people remodeling for some future buyer instead of making it what they really want or what their family needs. That’s clearly not an issue in your house!

Lisa T. November 22, 2012 at 7:42 pm

I totally agree. She is obviously brave and her design choices show it. She wasn’t afraid of taking risks and it paid off in a beautiful and unique home.

Renita November 23, 2012 at 12:36 pm

Hi Laura,

You are correct! That is exactly how our layout used to be. Our house was built in 1939.

Thanks for your very nice comment. I hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving holiday!

E. george November 21, 2012 at 7:19 pm

Hi Julia what is there not to admire about this lovely home. The lady has style. Thank you for sharing this beauty. Happy Thanksgiving. Regards Esther from Sydney.

Renita November 23, 2012 at 12:37 pm

Hi Esther,

Thanks for your very kind words. Hope you enjoyed your holiday!

Leigh November 21, 2012 at 7:46 pm

I absolutely adore this dining room and kitchen as well! And the exterior is an absolute dream! I think we need some more pictures of the rest of the house! Thank you for allowing us to peak into our beautiful home!

Renita November 23, 2012 at 12:38 pm

Hi Leigh,

Thank you! I am working on pictures of the rest of our house. Enjoy your upcoming holiday season!

Kim November 21, 2012 at 7:55 pm

What a nice transformation. I love that she painted the wood paneling instead of tearing them out. It really made a big difference.

Renita November 23, 2012 at 12:39 pm

Hi Kim,

Thanks for your comment. I did not have the heart to rip the paneling down. I appreciate your feedback.

Carol M November 21, 2012 at 8:50 pm

I haven’t seen any changes in this home that I don’t absolutely love. The painted paneling looks amazing. I love the color and the scalloped trim. The exterior is just as well done. I hope to see more of this lovely home.

Renita November 23, 2012 at 11:13 pm

Hi Carol. Thanks for your nice comments. I am working on taking pictures of the rest of my house. Have a nice holiday season!

Rebecca C. November 22, 2012 at 12:32 am

With just a few changes and some paint, it’s amazing how much the room has developed. I love the fact that you kept the scalloped edging at the ceiling. I do covet that sign too! Loved your kitchen. Love your dining room. Thanks so much for sharing. Happy Thanksgiving.

Renita November 23, 2012 at 11:14 pm

Thanks, Rebecca. Paint is a wonderful thing! Hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving holiday.

chiara rognoni November 22, 2012 at 5:20 am

Absolutely gorgeous! and the garden is really stunning!
Hugs from an italian reader

Chiara

Renita November 23, 2012 at 11:15 pm

Hi Chiara,

Thanks for your kind words. Have a nice holiday season!

P.S. I absolutely love your country!

Kay November 22, 2012 at 7:32 am

Whew! So glad they saved that scalloped trim + even emphasized it with color! CHARM-ing!
Kay

Renita November 23, 2012 at 11:16 pm

Thanks, Kay. I appreciate your comments. Have a great holiday season.

Cate November 22, 2012 at 10:12 am

She can come redo my house any day!

Renita November 23, 2012 at 11:16 pm

Hi Cate,

Thanks for your kind words. Maybe that can be arranged! :)

carrie November 22, 2012 at 10:59 am

Cate, exactly what I was thinking! Renita, you have such wonderful ideas and the end result is perfect. Thank you for sharing your home.

Renita November 23, 2012 at 11:18 pm

Thanks, Carrie. You are very welcome!

Happy Holidays to you!

Patti November 22, 2012 at 11:16 am

I love it. Such a great job and it makes me sooo happy to look at.

Renita November 23, 2012 at 11:19 pm

Thank you Patti! I’m glad you enjoyed seeing it! Happy holidays to you!

Rebecca@MidcenturyModernRemodel November 22, 2012 at 11:44 am

I thought all of the kitchens were amazing. This was a very fun feature. Her before is so classic. It is interesting to me how unappealing the before is vs. the after. Back in the day, the before was the look. Our tastes have really changed.

Renita November 23, 2012 at 11:20 pm

Hi Rebecca.

Thanks for your comments. Have a nice holiday season.

Maren November 22, 2012 at 11:53 am

Ahhhmazing!!

Renita November 23, 2012 at 11:20 pm

Thanks, Maren!

Patti November 22, 2012 at 12:40 pm

Renita, may I ask where you scored such an awesome Thanksgiving sign? Actually all the signage you have in your home is cool. I love vintage signage but can never seem to find any in Chicago or outlying areas! Many thanks and Happy Thanksgiving under your amazing gobbler sign!

Renita November 23, 2012 at 11:29 pm

Hi Patti,

Of course you can ask…I got it at an auction in upstate New York. If I remember correctly, I think I was the only bidder probably because it was so large! I actually had to have it cut down because it was even bigger!
SIgns are definitely my weakness. I actually picked up three this week!!
I wish I could give you the names of some places in the Chicago area to shop but the midwest is not an area that I am that familiar with. There used to be an antiques mall off the 80/90 tollway(?) right when you cross into Indiana I believe. That was a number of years ago though. I actually purchased the two deer heads (not real of course) that are above the fireplace in the dining room (I think you can see them in the pictures) at that antiques mall.

Anyway, have a wonderful holiday season!

Carisa November 22, 2012 at 2:37 pm

They made magic with just paint and a change of furniture! Fantastic!

Renita November 23, 2012 at 11:29 pm

Thanks, Carisa. Have a nice holiday season!

Kelly in Memphis November 22, 2012 at 4:38 pm

I am in love with that house, inside and out!

Renita November 23, 2012 at 11:30 pm

Thank you Kelly. Happy holidays to you!

Christina from Dallas November 22, 2012 at 10:14 pm

Lovely room! Love the scalloped edges! I have white shelves like that only without the scallops. Maybe I can find a way to add some.

Renita November 23, 2012 at 11:32 pm

Hi Christina,

Thank you for your comments. I would think that scalloped trim can be purchased just like crown molding can. Good luck.

Have a great holiday season!

cbean November 22, 2012 at 11:31 pm

One of the best remodels you’ve posted.
This lady has it all over those professional decorators and impersonal mansions of the super rich.
Wonderful, inviting room!
Thanks, Julia. (:

Renita November 23, 2012 at 11:33 pm

Thank you for your nice compliments! Have a nice holiday season!

sandyb November 23, 2012 at 6:54 am

When I saw your kitchen I totally fell in love with it. Everything just felt right. Homey & warm. Like arms wrapping around you giving a hug. Your dining room is cheerful & comforting at the same time. What an absolutely wonderful home to create memories in.

Renita November 25, 2012 at 6:16 pm

Thank you Sandy for your kind words.

I hope you have a nice holiday season.

seraphina November 23, 2012 at 10:19 am

First time commenting…
Am crushing on the exterior
Showed my mom the pic, and she just sighed…
Dear Renita, am dying to see your backyard
I’m sure it rocks

Renita November 25, 2012 at 6:17 pm

Hi Seraphina,

Thanks for your comment. Have a nice holiday season!

Julie B. [Holland] November 23, 2012 at 6:05 pm

really really lovely!!

Renita November 25, 2012 at 6:20 pm

Hi Julie,

Thanks for your kind words. Have a happy holiday season!

Amanda November 24, 2012 at 10:04 am

Renita, I think painting the wood paneling was brilliant! And what a neat color. I want to see more of your house too. I’m about to turn my dining room into a sitting room and the office into the dining room, so thanks for the visual encouragement!!

Renita November 25, 2012 at 6:23 pm

Hi Amanda,

Thanks for your nice comments. I am working on taking pictures of the rest of the house. Good luck with your room transformations!

Amanda November 24, 2012 at 10:07 am

Renita, painting the paneling was brilliant! I’m about to turn my dining room into a sitting area and the office into a dining room, so thanks for the visual encouragement!!

Lisa T. November 24, 2012 at 1:46 pm

Love it all. The balls covered in turkey feathers (?) on the dining room table are so cool!

Renita November 25, 2012 at 6:25 pm

Thank you Lisa. The balls are actually large rage balls made out of fabric. Enjoy your holiday season!

Neesha November 25, 2012 at 10:07 am

I am so in love with this! I don’t know where to start but everything, the entire room is just full of love and warmth.

Renita November 25, 2012 at 6:25 pm

Thank you Nisha. I appreciate your comments. Have a happy holiday season!

Paula November 25, 2012 at 10:19 am

I love how you transformed this room into a very warm and inviting place. You definitely have the gifted talent of decorating. Seeing your photos, you are giving me several ideas on what to do as I am bringing my grandparent’s 100 year old farmhouse back to life. Please keep the pictures coming. They are so enjoyable. God Bless.

Renita November 25, 2012 at 6:26 pm

Hi Paula,

Thanks for all your compliments. Good luck with your grandparents’ house. I am going to take pictures of the rest of my house shortly. Happy holidays!

Wendy November 26, 2012 at 8:18 pm

This is lovely and inspiring. Instead of trying to look just like the design magazines you have set the standard with something totally unique and original, all while managing to acknowledge current fashions with your clean color choices.

Renita November 27, 2012 at 5:31 pm

Thanks Wendy. I appreciate your comments. Have a great holiday season!

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