DIY Dining Room Makeover

A little paint goes a long way. See how this dining room was refreshed with bright colors in these fun projects.

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This dining room got a floor-to-ceiling makeover–literally! We'll show you how to use paint and DIY stencils to update everything from the floor to accessories. You won't need to buy anything new, either. All of these projects give a fresh coat to items you already own or spruce up flea market finds. The bowls, trivet, and vases also make great homemade gifts. Bust out the paintbrushes and get started!

Always Sunny

Yellow instantly brings cheer to a drab wood floor. This design was stenciled on and marches right off the floor and up the wall. The best part? No stripping and re-staining needed! Both the yellow base and accompanying pattern were done with floor paint, then finished with two coats of sealer.

Learn How to Stencil a Floor

Ombre Outcome

A thrifted dresser gets a new life as a colorful ombre sideboard. You can use it to store extra plates and other dining room essentials. Here's a hint for getting the look: Choose three colors from the same paint strip so that the drawers flow from lightest to darkest.

Tips for Repainting Wood Furniture

Dip Dyed Dining

Give plain wooden bowls a color blocked effect with a tub of paint. Dip a bowl in the paint to the level desired, then use a paintbrush to swipe off any drips. For a drying rack, set the bowls on a board with inverted screws.

Table Talk

Bright blue paint made this table pop, while place setting stencils added a whimsical accent. To mask out your own stencils before painting, print out shape outlines on sticker paper. Cut out the shapes and stick on tabletop in desired spots. Roll over the stickers with a brayer to ensure clean lines. Prime and paint the table as usual. After the paint has dried, gently peel off the stencils. Seal the entire surface to prevent smudging.

Trendy Trivet

Put old wine corks to good use as a DIY trivet. To make it, cut corks into half-inch pieces (we used about 50 corks for the trivet shown here). Using a hot glue gun, glue the corks together. Start with one cork in the middle and circle around it in a flower-like shape. Place the flattest side of each cork piece facing up. If desired, paint one side with craft paint and top with a clear sealer.

More Wine Cork Projects

Feeling Frosty

Get the look of etched glass with this easy spray painted vase project. We masked out a design on a plain glass vase using thin automotive striping tape, then sprayed over it with Krylon Frosted Glass Finish spray paint. (Wait for the paint to dry completely before peeling off tape.) Experiment with different designs: Try cutting vertical strips in various heights to look like grass, or spray painting over animal-shaped stickers.

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