Dining Room Inspiration

With most of the first floor renovations complete at Kyle’s house, he’s put me to work decorating. I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed. Before living on my own, I always attributed decorating to being a bit like picking out an outfit – just dressing a space instead of myself. But I’ve learned it’s a lot harder, a LOT more expensive, and something most of us don’t get to practice very often. I mean seriously, besides interior decorators, most of us probably haven’t had the means to decorate more than one or two spaces, college dorms aside, before we’re thirty. Until now, furnishing a place, for me, has consisted mainly of hand-me-downs from my parents and a few IKEA purchases here and there.

That aside, we’re having some friends over for dinner in a few weeks so I’m focusing on the dining room first. Kyle’s one rule: No re-painting walls. (Disappointing but after eight months of renovations, I suppose I see why.) So to get my own creative juices flowing inside the sage green walls and before going crazy with Kyle’s credit card, I put together some ideas:

Dining Room Inspiration

1. Mirror, Z Gallerie (or my DIY version here)  |  2. Parsons Side Chairs, Overstock.com  |  3. Chandelier, Overstock.com  |  4. Paint, Cedar Grove 444, Benjamin Moore  |  5. Rug, Pottery Barn  |  6. Table, World Market


Mirror Makeover

My boyfriend, Kyle, is finishing up some renovations to his house and asked me to help decorate. I was lusting after a silvery quatrefoil mirror from Z Gallerie; price tag = $499 (+$50 delivery and processing). While I swore there was no piece more perfect for the dining room wall than this mirror, there was just no way…

Z Gallerie Quatrefoil Mirror,

Z Gallerie Quatrefoil Mirror, $499

So when I ran across a similar mirror in black at Hobby Lobby for $70 on sale for 50% off, I was clearly ecstatic. A couple coats of paint and I had my dream mirror for a total investment of under $50.

Materials and instructions below.

Mirror Makeover


  • Quatrefoil mirror, available at Hobby Lobby (in store only) or Lowes
  • Metallic paint
  • Primer
  • Scouring pad
  • Brush (I used a bristle paint brush; use a foam brush for a smoother finish)
  • Razor blade (or painter’s tape; however, if your mirror has rounded corners, it may be easier to scrape any paint off with a razor blade once the paint has dried)


  1. Scuff surface with scouring pad.
  2. Prime and paint the frame according to can or bottle instructions.
  3. Let frame dry overnight.
  4. Use a razor blade to scrape any dried paint off the mirror (or remove tape).
  5. Voila! You’re done. Hang the mirror and enjoy.