One Room Challenge | Back in Black Dining Room {THE REVEAL!!}

Black dining room with white tulip table. Mixed dining room chairs | One Room Challenge

Alright folks, we’ve made it across the finish line. Today the 6 week challenge of making over one room is complete! A huge thanks to Linda of Calling It Home for creating this home makeover challenge. Once again participating in this One Room Challenge not only left me with a beautiful space to enjoy with my friends and family, but also led me to find new bloggers who I am excited to follow and find inspiration from. Yesterday the 20 invited designers revealed the fruits of their 6 week labor, and man there are some beautiful and well-designed spaces! I’ll do a big ol’ roundup of my favorites from the Spring 2016 One Room Challenge so come back next week to check that out.

But today I’m here to show you my revamped dining room! I’m affectionally calling this the Back in Black Dining Room, not because it was ever black but because I want you all to crank up the AC/DC and jam out to this space. Let’s not get ahead of ourselves though. We need to start at the beginning to appreciate the changes made in this room. Here’s the dining room before it went to the dark side:

Erin's Dining Room- pre ORC

Erin's Dining Room- pre ORC

The room wasn’t horrible to begin with. In fact, at one point I was pretty pleased with this room. Almost every piece of furniture in the room I got for dirt cheap and then refinished myself. These were some of the first pieces that I tried stripping and refinishing the wood on. But after a while the room felt flat and the style didn’t completely work with what I had done in the rest of the house. So why not make over the room in six weeks?


Here was the initial plan I put together for the room. I had already painted my office, which is directly across from the dining room, Tricorn Black by Sherwin Williams. Painting the dining room black seemed like a natural choice as it would compliment the office. And with the white wainscoting already in the room I knew that black would be a great contrast color. Because black and white will always look good together!

In the past year or so I have learned one thing about my decorating style- I really like neutrals. As much as I have tried to bring colors into rooms, I always end up regretting it. Case in point, those golden yellow curtains in the dining room that I painstakingly made by hand. Yep, lined them and added grommets to the top which was a really big deal for this sewing novice. But after all that work I grew tired of them because it was just too much pattern and color for my liking. I can’t commit to colors and now I’m ok with that. I have learned that when decorating with neutrals you really have to include a lot of textures in a room so that you still have visually interesting things to make the eye travel around the room. And textures I’m cool with. In fact, I really love textures. For this room some of the textures I used were matte black walls, leather, wood, sheepskin, wool, leaves, airplants, lacquer, and brass.

Styling a dining room buffet | One Room Challenge West Elm leather dining chairs | Suburban Bitches Snake plant in West Elm Planter | One Room Challenge

Black dining room | One Room Challenge

Black dining room with white tulip table. Mixed dining room chairs | One Room Challenge

Regarding furniture for this space, I could have easily used the dining set that was already in the room. But for years now I’ve wanted a white tulip table somewhere in my house. In fact a couple of years ago I bought a vintage knock-off tulip table on eBay because at the time it was terribly hard to find knock-off’s that had 60″ tops. Sad story short, I got totally scammed by the shipping company and never received the tulip table I bought on eBay. I put my tulip table dreams aside for a while, because losing that eBay tulip table was actually a good thing as it changed some of the design plans I had for my kitchen which lead to a much better space. BUT- recently I had been seeing a 60″ knock-off tulip table pop up on some blog posts. So I clicked over to Lexmod and there I was happy to find a 60″ table that was being sold for a very reasonable price. Reasonable enough to switch out my current dining set for this tulip table.

Black dining room with white tulip table. Mixed dining room chairs | One Room Challenge

white tulip table | One Room Challenge

Let’s take a moment to talk about the star of the room- that vintage overdyed rug! Vintage Turkish rugs are super on-trend right now and I was all about jumping on that trend. I soon found that tracking down a rug that was not only long but also wide is a bit of a challenge. Many of these Turkish rugs are long and narrow, more like a runner than the large area rug that I needed to set the table and chairs on. Luckily one day on Instagram I saw Oh Fox Creative post a picture of a beautiful vintage rug that was large enough to fit my room! It’s always a bit risky buying a rug and not being sure what the true color of it will be, but I was so pleased when this rug came and I saw the deep orange-red color in the rug. I just love how it pairs with the black and brown dining chairs!

Jonathan Adler 1948 dessert plates with gold silverware | One Room Challenge

And those Jonathan Adler gold splatter plates were a happy splurge to bring a little glam to this tablescape.

Back in Black Dining Room | One Room Challenge

Of course my peonies were being ultra stubborn and refused to open up despite me trying several tricks I found on the internet. Can’t you just imagine how great they would have looked all opened up in their majestic crimson glory! But when peonies fail you there’s always air plants jumping in to save the day.


Black dining room with white tulip table. Mixed dining room chairs | One Room Challenge

Black dining room with white tulip table. Mixed dining room chairs | One Room Challenge

One of the major changes in this room was switching out the light fixtures. The room had 4 wall sconces and one chandelier over the table. Plenty of light for one little old dining room. But hey, a girl can never have too many shoes or too many light fixtures- right? Above the table I went with two large pendants from Rejuvenation. These guys are simple in shape but I just love the black and white cord and brass accents. I have to say though, if I only had these two lights in the room it wouldn’t be enough. They really don’t put out much light with each fixture only holding one light bulb. For the 4 sconces in the room I went with the Madonna sconces from Triple Seven Home. This was the first time I ordered from Triple Seven Home and I was very impressed with the quality of the lights and also the customer service. My emails were answered within minutes! And you guys, these sconces are really, really great. I love the top and down spotlight effect they have and the gold finish is not too shiny, not too matte.

Black dining room with white tulip table. Mixed dining room chairs | One Room Challenge Black dining room with white tulip table. Mixed dining room chairs | One Room Challenge

With this room, there isn’t a lot of room for art. There is really only one place to make a statement with art, and that spot is above the buffet. I wanted to go with a large piece here to really make an impact. This large vintage photograph of surfers isn’t too busy and the balance of the white background with the black subject matter is in balance for the size of this piece and helping it pop off the black background. It is hard to tell in photographs but adding a layer of Art Resin to this photograph printed on canvas gives a shiny finish to contrast even further against the matte black walls.

Black dining room with white tulip table. Mixed dining room chairs | One Room Challenge Black dining room with white tulip table. Mixed dining room chairs | One Room Challenge


Black dining room with white tulip table. Mixed dining room chairs | One Room Challenge

And with that I’m calling this room finished! Time to have some friends over for dinner in our “fancy room” as my kids like to call it. Don’t forget to go check out the rest of the reveals from the 20 invited designers and the linking participants! Tomorrow Tricia will be revealing her master bedroom which turned out so beautiful!

**All photos courtesy of Kelli Kroneberger**

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White dining table | Leather Dining Chairs | Black Dining Chairs (no longer available) | White Dinner Plates | Gold Splatter Plates | Gold Silverware | White Face Vase | Black Candleholders (Target, no longer available) | Airplants | Vintage Rug | Wood Mirror | Gold Sconces | White Pendant Lights | Surfer Artwork | Large Artwork Frame | Black and White Vase | Black Table Lamp | White Planters | Gold Steer Head | White Cat Vase (West Elm, not available online) | Small White Vase | Buffalo Print



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98 Responses to One Room Challenge | Back in Black Dining Room {THE REVEAL!!}

  1. Oh my goodness! You totally knocked this out of the park. I LOVE everything about this room. The table, the chairs, lights, artwork… Great , great job!!!

  2. christine says:

    So beautiful!!!! I love love love the palate…that rust rug is to die for. Your styling is stunning and those plates are heaven!!! Amazing job!

  3. Traci Hutton says:

    It was beautiful before…now it is STUNNING! Well done!!

  4. I seriously want this space so badly! I love the bold/dark but warm choices throughout. Amazing attention to detail with everything. Congrats on finishing – when can I come over for dinner? =)

    • Erin says:

      Thanks Ashley! It has been fun getting to know you and your projects better over these past few weeks. Looking forward to following along with you!

  5. What a sexy transformation!! Obsessed with the black walls & really every detail! Sophisticated & modern yet incredibly inviting! Nailed it!!

    • Erin says:

      Thank you Jana! I’ve got to find a way to get some of your textiles into my next projects- I adore them!

  6. And now I know exactly how my future dining room will look! Love the matte black against the white, and the mix of chairs really adds a fun element to the space 🙂

  7. Kate Collins says:

    It looks awesome! What a find with the rug – I love the orange colors paired with the black rug. That large surfer art is perfect. And the new lighting knocks it out of the park. Beautiful job!!

    • Erin says:

      Thank you Kate! Let me know when you knock that baby out so we can all come drink margaritas in your amazing backyard!

  8. Erin, this room is stunning!!!!!!!! My favorite part is that you brought the black paint onto the ceiling, that is so dramatic especially against the white board and batten (I used that color in my son’s room for the also ORC and it has such a great depth doesn’t it?) The tulip table, rug, lighting, and art are all amazing and perfect choices too. LOVE LOVE LOVE what you did in here!

  9. Love, love, love!!!! Your lighting choices are spot on…and I love the black paint. And I’m so happy you got those JA plates, I have been eyeing them for a while. Seeing them at your table make me really happy. Love the rug and the art! Basically everything. COngratulations!!

  10. Laura Jo says:

    I love this space! Especially the black against the white and those dining chairs…amazing!

  11. You did such an amazing job. I love the black paint–I can’t wait until I live somewhere I can paint! First thing I am doing is getting some black point!

  12. One of my favorite transformations for sure! That black ceiling is everything! Seriously I love this!!!!

  13. Well, what can I say… this room is just AWESOME!!! so, so nice

  14. Erin, your rooms are always killer! Love the dramatic contrast of black and white and your art and lighting choices are too good! The mix of chairs!!! Congrats on another amazing ORC!

  15. Jeanne says:

    Very very Nice – you’re right – the black/white is perfect – stunning. Thanks for the tip on Art Resin. A beautiful job.

  16. OMG. This is so perfect. I love love love the juxtaposition of the black/ white/ leather/ and rust. It’s amazing how much brighter the room looks with black walls and ceiling. I love this room so much. Kudos and bravo friend!

  17. Erin, I LOVE this black and white dinning room! What a dramatic transformation to a chic and sophisticated room! The wood paneling, light fixtures, and the dinning table are fab! BRAVO on yet another beautiful ORC room my friend! XOXO, Sarah

  18. Bliss says:

    You’re right the room was pretty nice before, but now it’s pretty dammmm nice! So stylish, and the surfer art, well I absofreakingloutly love it.

  19. Justynn says:

    This room is what interior design dreams are made of. *insert heart eyes here*

  20. amanda says:

    This dining room is amazing. I love EVERYTHING about it. I painted my last room for the ORC matte black. I still totally love it. Great job.

    • Erin says:

      Oooh, I’m going to go back and check out your room that you painted black. Black rooms are my weakness.

  21. erin, HOLY MOLY. this is incredible!!!!! i am in LOVE! so awesome!!! love the black walls with the leather chairs and the tablescape is amazing!

  22. OH MY GOSH THIS IS AMAZING. I love it so so much

  23. Kind of in love with this black ceiling! It totally disappears but sets off the white wood work so well. Great space, I want to move in!

    • Erin says:

      Thanks Maggie! I have three wild kids who need a babysitter this summer- you want to move in and be their Mary Poppins?? 🙂

    • Erin says:

      The black ceiling was just sort of a no-brainer. I felt like there wasn’t enough wall space to do one color on the wall and a different color on the ceiling. Felt like that would have made the room feel choppy. Now I’m glad I didn’t overthink it and went with black on the ceiling as well.

  24. Meg says:

    Nailed it! Your best work yet!

  25. i am smitten! i love what you did with your dining room!

  26. Tiffany says:

    I love it, it’s so dramatic and edgy. Love the mix of black with the leather chairs.

  27. What a huge transformation- it is all so so so good. The chairs & rug are perfection & the black walls are awesome- Great job! One of my faves so far.

  28. Ashlea says:

    Love those deep, dark walls paired with the millwork. So much to be inspired by in this space! Well done.

  29. Absolutely gorgeous! Love it!

  30. It looks so amazing! All your choices are perfect together. And tricorn black is totally where it’s at for black ceilings.

  31. Vel says:

    Where to start Erin, this room is perfect! I love the lighting, the walls, and the different chairs, everything! You ladies did another phenomenal job with this space! One of my faves for ORC for sure! Congrats and CHEERS to us for another room done!

  32. Sharon says:

    I love this room!!! The black walls look so dramatic and the high-gloss art is gorgeous. I love all the textures you added in the room, especially the leather chairs. Impressive job and I’m sure you’ll enjoy it for a long time.

  33. What a KILLER space! Mmmmm! I’m crazy about the black and white and rust color palette! AMAZING!

  34. Jessica says:

    Wow! Wow! Wow! This space is amazing!!! I am in love with every detail!

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  36. I love the contrasts and warmth in this room, well done!

  37. Love the black walls, of course!! I think it all looks fantastic but the artwork really does it for me!!

  38. This is very definitely one of my favorite spaces from the whole ORC challenge. I love everything about it. Just so good!
    You have a new reader, hope you don’t mind me sharing in my ORC round up.

  39. In love! This room is amazing, I wish I could transport it to my place! 🙂 I love the black and white and all of the green and tan accents, everything looks stunning. Great job!

  40. Nadia says:

    Your dining room is just GORGEOUS!
    I just painted a wall black in my little home near the staircase and I was wondering if I should do the same in the living room or bedroom… Now that I see your amazing black and white room I just want to paint everything in this great combo 🙂
    And I’ve also been dreaming of a marble tulip table for years, they are timeless and so stylish!
    Beautiful!!! Well done!

    • Erin says:

      It’s addicting- that black paint! I love bedrooms painted black- seems like the perfect cave like retreat!

  41. Emily says:

    Great space! It’s funny to me because I also bought that EXACT same yellow patterned fabric years ago and sewed some curtains for our den. They only lasted a year and I had to take them down. Just too much pattern and too much yellow! I think those leather WE chairs really add some fabulous warmth to the space and love all the other touches in the room!

    • Erin says:

      Emily that makes me feel so much better! I think that fabric is best left for pillows- small doses 🙂

  42. Erin, your dining room is MCM gorgeousness! Love how the black added drama and really made the board and batten pop. Great job!

  43. jessica says:

    Damn….this is gorgeous! I hope you do not mind me sharing it on my blog. I really love what you have going on in this room and those JA plates, showstopper! love.

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  45. alisa says:

    Beautiful! Where is the wood & white buffet from?

  46. Stunning transformation! And now I must also have a tulip table – obsessed! Another amazing ORC Erin – congrats! (a little bit late in commenting)

  47. Vel says:

    Hi again ladies! I just wanted to let you know that I featured your room among my favorite Living and Dining rooms in the recently concluded ORC Guest Link Party! Thank you again for the fabulous inspiration!

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    • Erin says:

      Thank you so much for including my sideboard in your roundup. I love having this piece in my dining room- perfect place to store all my serving pieces!

  49. Katayoun says:

    Love your use of neutrals! What types of flooring did you use?

  50. Quicha J says:

    Loving this room! Those chairs, the rug, the black paint, the everything! Your vision is similar to mine in that I am in the process of creating a similar space for the table area in my kitchen. I too have a knockoff tulip table from Lexmod, tho mine is smaller and is faux marble (I was afraid of the plain white since we have small children). I also have mixed seating w/black chairs, and you are totally right about the rug issue. I still haven’t found one to my liking and in my budget. Your room is gorgeous! I bet you are finding all sorts of excuses to dine in there. Enjoy!

    • Erin says:

      Thank you for all those kind words Quicha! I do have to say the white top on this table is really easy to scratch. We have barely used it and there are already scratches. But- since it is a knock-off I’m not too worried about the scratches since I didn’t pay thousands of dollars for it.

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  52. Carrie Hosozawa says:

    This is everything

  53. Can you please share the source for your floors?

    • Erin says:

      The floors are from a company called Greenworld and are the Dali floor. They are a European white oak engineered wide plank floor.

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  55. Melanie Thomas says:

    So beautiful! I love the optical illusion the black ceiling creates. I wanted to ask though, before I try this in my own home, how tall your ceilings are… I have the standard 8′ ceilings.

  56. monica may says:

    Predictable is not good,our appetites have been ignited. Thank you

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  58. rachel says:

    Wonderful room! I JUST painted my dining room black and it strangely has the exact same molding and everything – this room is giving me a lot of inspiration considering i didnt know my next steps! Love, love, love. My husband especially loves the art print – what size did is pictured here?

  59. Tamara says:

    Where is your buffet cabinet from?

    • Erin says:

      It is vintage. But if you search Craig’s list for a midcentury dresser or buffet you could probably find one similar.

  60. Mysha bolen says:

    Erin I LOVE this space! I esp love how you extended the black walls onto the ceiling! It adds so much drama. So glad to find your blog through this ORC!

  61. Casey says:

    this is stunning. I found this post searching for the perfect black paint color, and I think this may be it! did you actually use a matte sheen as opposed to eggshell or satin? it seems to be reflecting the light from the windows pretty well! the white we chose for the rest of our home is matte (by recommendation) and we HATE it because of how dirty it gets, but I’m thinking that wouldn’t be an issue with black, just afraid to go all the way to matte like we did on our entire house.

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  65. Crystal says:

    Hi! I tried a few times to read to see if it was on the site and maybe I’m just missing it, but where are those beautiful leather chairs from!?