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Design Reveal: Modern Traditional Dining Room

I am excited and relieved that our dining room makeover is complete, for now, at least! I don’t think a home is ever truly finished. It changes and morphs over time. So, I am sharing our modern traditional dining room with you!

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Design Reveal: Modern Traditional Dining Room

Moving into a brand-new home can be exciting and daunting at the same time. Most of the time, new builder-grade homes lack character. I wanted to start somewhere that would impact how our home felt, so I designed our dining room! Deciding where to start can be a challenge.

The before

It honestly did not get more builder-grade than this. Basic framed-out windows and a cheap light fixture were all we got.

We moved our old furniture into the house and knew we wanted to replace everything. These were hand-me-down chairs mixed with an old pine table we had previously built, and it didn’t hold up well.

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Adding character with trim-work

The first place we started working on was the accent wall with picture frame molding. I have a whole blog post you can check out HERE to read how to achieve this look step by step.

The tray ceiling already had crown molding, and we were able to source the exact one to add to the rest of the dining room. Crown molding is such a game-changer! It instantly upgrades a space.

Once the wall was complete, we framed out the windows. Comparing the before and after, you cannot deny that this makes the windows look complete. I plan to frame out all of the windows in our home slowly!


My husband, Robby, and I built our dining table out of hard maple. We finished the table with Minwax Special Walnut and Triple Thick Polyurethane. We purchased THESE legs from Amazon, and they matched perfectly.

We also built the sideboard after seeing a similar one for over $2,000 online! That is out of my budget, so we made it, and it came out perfectly!

Both styles of chairs came from Target, and I am thrilled with their quality and comfort.


White wall paint color: Sherwin Williams Alabaster
Accent wall paint color: Sherwin Williams Anonymous
Curtains: Ikea Hannalil in the color beige
Curtain rods: https://rstyle.me/+lUsSQrmx5XBT0poQz96VFg
Curtain rings: https://rstyle.me/+5IEmsOuXEn0qPGW2Yagk4Q
Pleat hooks: https://rstyle.me/+uZs8HmRfcW75cgSTIV0a7w
Light fixture: https://rstyle.me/+HZfh67d1ci8A6_H5Rt5Exw
Wall sconces: https://rstyle.me/+dbyXoxzQ0fxKpdk7W2QNbw
Black chairs: https://rstyle.me/+Y_K_B5PKFVFQI8UU1s4KbA
Cream end chairs: (cream is currently out of stock but this is the same style!) https://rstyle.me/+2VKI4o-RZs2uR5bJwW19tg
Rug: https://rstyle.me/+WupEMHogp9vV7SIZcrtDgQ
Table Legs: https://rstyle.me/+NLUMrysBTd3jpxx-3z3M0g
Table stain: Minwax Special Walnut
Table sealer: Varathane Triple Thick Polyurethane

Design Reveal: Modern Traditional Dining Room

It is so rewarding to finally sit back and enjoy this room with friends and family. You can transform a space with a little hard work!

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