One Room Challenge: Dining Room Week 1

The One Room Challenge is here! Gosh, I can’t believe how quickly this has come up on my calendar! An overwhelming 80% of you voted to have me participate in the One Room Challenge again and I’m here to tell you…I’m up for the challenge!

Here’s the plan.

I hope it knocks your socks off.

Right?  I know!  The combination of shiplap and oyster plates has me absolutely giddy!  I’m so excited about this one!

Our dining room has the curse of many dining rooms…not ever being used.  It sits there and waits.  We come in the door and it gets all excited because maybe we’ll have a great meal or sit around talking in it.

But we don’t.

We come in and plop down whatever is in our hands on the dining room table and walk on to the kitchen.  Poor dining room.

But this is her lucky day.  I’m creating a dining room that will also serve as my blogging HQ.  I guess she’ll be a doffice.  Here’s what she looks like right now.

I have to say, it NEVER looks like this.

There’s usually mail and kids schoolwork on it.

A dog leash, some  SPF and a Minecraft baseball hat.

This is the bare bones of the dining room.

Plus, I keep referring to her as the glorified hallway.  She’s not actually a “room” more of a designated dining room area.  It is the oddest thing about our floor plan and has made me scratch my head numerous times over the past few years.

You can see above, the hallway leads to the kids’ bedrooms and to the right of the little hutch is our foyer and front door.  Our great room is really an “L” shape with our living room and kitchen on the bottom part of the L.

Glorified hallway.

Another bad thing going for it…no windows.  It’s dark and the gold/beige paint isn’t helping.  When the sun does shine in the living room windows the whole house kinda glows gold.  I’m going to bring in a healthy dose of white into this space to make it lighter and brighter and add some black for drama.

If that doesn’t work, eventually we will have to put in skylights.  I’m trying to avoid that though since so many times they end up leaking years later.


Dining Space Trend - Black Accents - Nina Dobrev kitchen nook. Industrial black pendant light, black pedestal table:


A Divine Dining Room. Black and White with Gold Accents. Interior Designer: Delia Mamann.:

I didn’t want to do this without taking you along on the whole journey with the good, bad, and the ugly.  Here’s what I’ll share with you in the coming weeks.

Week 1: The Dining Room Plan

Week 2:  Creating A Real Persons Budget and Shiplap Wall

Week 3:  Focus On The Furnishings (Where to shop for the good stuff)

 Week 4:  Slap Some Paint On It: Recreate What You Have

Week 5:  How To Actually FINISH A Room Completely

Week 6:  The Reveal

This isn’t my first rodeo.  If you want to see my previous One Room Challenge Reveals click below:

ORC 1:  A Coastal Bathroom Makeover

ORC 2:  Media Room Makeover

I would love to have you follow along on this journey with me.  If you want my posts to come straight to your e-mail subscribe below.  I promise, I won’t share your info with anyone.

Don’t forget to click back over to Calling It Home to see all the other One Room Challenge Guest Participants.  This is going to be so fun!

  1. Susie

    April 6, 2017 at 6:39 am

    Your plan looks so awesome. I love the double light fixtures. And I’m with you about today’s floor plans. I’ve scratched my head more than once while trying to figure out my awkward space in the great room. Well, my friend, it looks like problem solving is our first priority for the next 5 weeks. I look so forward to watching your ideas come to life…and sharing this journey with you. Susie from The Chelsea Project

  2. CoCo

    April 6, 2017 at 7:36 am

    So excited to see the way this space comes together. It’s going to be gorgeous. I love everything you chose! Hugs, CoCo

  3. Debi

    April 6, 2017 at 7:58 am

    I love your plan! Can’t wait to see the updates.

  4. Shirley@Housepitality Designs

    April 6, 2017 at 5:47 pm

    Looks like a great plan and looking forward to the progress!!!


    April 7, 2017 at 12:11 am

    Nancy, this plan looks wonderful! Just know your dining room will look so nice once you are all finished! So happy for you that you have taken on this challenge! It’s going to be fun for you to see everything come together!

    Blessings! Thanks for sharing with us!

  6. kim

    April 7, 2017 at 1:54 am

    Your plans look great Nancy! Will be following along as well! 🙂

  7. Linda | Calling it Home

    April 7, 2017 at 8:29 pm

    I love all things coastal. I would take any one of those inspirations. Good luck and I can’t wait to see. Maybe you should tag Coastal Living? 🙂

  8. Cyndy

    April 8, 2017 at 5:15 pm

    Have you seen solar tube skylights? Much cheaper than regular skylights, look great,energy efficient, and don’t leak. We’ve had them for years now and never had any problems. We get really cold (-35) weather here in the winter and the tube lights are great. If you want any more info email me.

  9. KariAnne Wood

    April 10, 2017 at 9:40 am

    I can’t WAIT to follow along! Everything you create is amazing! Thanks so much for inspiring us!
    PS LOVE your new look!

  10. Linda Terry

    April 12, 2017 at 7:19 pm

    Oh Iove your plans! Everything from the double chandeliers to that beautiful bench. I can’t wait to see how come together.

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