House Tour: Dining Room

As many of you know, we moved in back in July, so we haven’t even been here an entire year. I’ve been going room by room giving you guys a tour.

Every single room of my tour is either in the “way before”, “before”, or “in progress” state. There are no finished rooms here at House of Hepworths. I’ve been spending my days trying to slowly make this new house a nice cozy decorated home for us.

So far I’ve shown you the Piano Room and the Office. Today it’s time for the Dining Room!

When you open the front door, this is what you see.


Obviously I’m nowhere near finished with this room. I recently painted it, but I still need to hang all the chair rail, box moulding, and moulding around the windows. And that is just to get the room in a presentable “before” state! On top of that I don’t own any dining furniture.


The gray on the walls is “Slate” by Restoration Hardware and the white is “Alabaster” by Sherwin Williams.


When I posted my Piano Room you guys had more to say about the carpet vacuum lines than the actual room! So let me just say to clear the air here, this carpet is brand new. We haven’t lived here even a year yet. The carpet lines stay pretty for about 5 minutes before my kids start running circles in there. I literally vacuumed and then snapped the pictures while the kids were at school so I could get photos without tons of little feet prints.

Before we moved in I posted a few MLS pictures of the house. I think this purple room alone single-handedly turned off so many people that the house was forced into foreclosure. No one could see past the paint. But me. I’m nuts.

When we moved in in July of 2010, the room looked like this:

I don’t even know what to say about this room. “Train wreck” does not even do this room justice.

In December you got another little sneak peek of the purple and gold faux when I showed you some goodwill candlesticks I spray painted.

FINALLY, in February I just couldn’t deal with the room one.second.longer. and I busted out the paint.

And just in case you are curious about the green cart, I posted all about it here.

And there you have it. The “waaaay before” pics of the Barney massacre room and now, the “before” pics.


Hopefully I’ll get around to finishing that moulding soon so I can actually start on the room. UGH!

Unforch, we are still trying to sell our other house (in the Dallas area if you are interested!), so until that house sells, I’m forbidden to spend a penny on fun stuff like moulding and furniture. Boo. So if you want me to finish that moulding already, find me a buyer! 🙂

Up next on the tour… probably the family room, but I make no promises!

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  1. Wendy Lynch says:

    OK, I won’t marvel over your vacuum lines this time – but I will marvel over the fact that you were able to live with that gold and purple room for so long. Your improvements are wonderful!

  2. Loving the shade of gray you chose for the walls! What a great transformation so far!

  3. I love to hear and see the progress of your home. I feel like our house and situation is similar to yours. All of our rooms have a start but nothing feels finished yet. We too, still own the “other” house which has seriously put a halt to any major spending on the new house. Thank you for sharing your progress.

  4. Love the color of the walls in your dining room! I like to see “progress” photos so I know I’m not the only one whose house wasn’t made in a day 🙂

  5. I promise not to comment on the impressive vacuum lines this time…

    I am big time cringing at the before pics…you did well to last as long as you did with that room. Yikes!

  6. You’re not alone! My bathrooms (yes, they painted BOTH of them the same) look just like your dining room “before” picture. Except change the purple for a weird hunter/teal green. The woman that lived here before must have gotten a good deal on that weird green because the living room, hallways, and master bedroom were that color! Thankfully only the bathrooms have the lovely sponged gold on top.

    You’ve definitely inspired me to get back to painting! (I got kind of burnt out for awhile).

  7. Looking good! I am going to marvel at the fact that you found all those candle sticks at Goodwill! All my goodwill has is ceramic chickens!

  8. allison walker says:

    wowsa!!! i had to scroll back up, i couldn’t believe it was the same room. i thought i had missed something. great color!! we have a similar color in our family room. LOVE IT!! good luck selling your old house. :o)

  9. eeeuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu!! they painted that hideous paint onto the ceiling, too? what a fright!

    I think I would have had to paint that room the day I moved in, lol.

  10. Even in it’s current, unfinished state, it’s still waaaaaay better than the Barney massacre room! I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed for a quick sale on your Dallas house so you can buy some molding and furniture 😉

  11. I love your adorable green entry way table!! I LOVE me some green! Your home is darling!!

  12. I love that gray paint color…the room is looking good. Also love the green cart and black candlesticks.

  13. I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again! You have fabulous style girl! LOVE LOVE LOVE they gray you chose!

  14. Love that at least the paint has been changed in that room. Definitely an eye sore before. Maybe you should make it into a craft room like Jen over at Tatertots & jello and add some french doors – who really uses a dinning room anyway. Just a thought. You do such a great job with the moulding – I’m sure it will look fab.

  15. You are CR-acking me up here! Thank you for your house tour photos – I love house tours, no matter what the state of the house may be. I’m in a similar boat – we bought our house in November, so most of my rooms are in a state of flux as I spin through them like a top with all of my plans and ideas. It’s encouraging me to show my house “as is” and I have started doing so. 🙂

    I’m taking a week off for the kids’ spring break here in a couple weeks, so I’m really hoping to get some serious projects DONE!!

    Love your blog – thanks for sharing. Even without the moulding, it’s still gorge compared to the Barney Massacre…

  16. You are making some great progress! 🙂

  17. I love the transformation that paint can make! Our house is full of rooms with “potential” like your dining room. We’re slowly eliminating the sponge-painting, stenciled borders and other crazy paint treatments. It’s so rewarding when you stand back and see the “after” view of the room. Yours looks beautiful. Good luck with selling your house!

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