One Room Challenge | Back in Black Dining Room {Week 1}

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Do you feel it in the air? That wave of “so much to do, not enough time!” The home decorating bloggers are all up’ing their coffee intake and researching safe alternatives to speed because this week is the start of the One Room Challenge. Quick definition: One Room Challenge started by Linda at Calling It Home is when designers and design bloggers commit to revamping a room in 6 weeks. Each Wednesday invited designers link up over at Calling It Home to share their weekly progress over 6 weeks. And on Thursday design bloggers link up over at Calling It Home to join in the fun and share their own progress. Tricia and I are veterans, semi-professionals, slightly above amateurs when it comes to the One Room Challenge. Tricia has participated three times, making over her basement play room, kids bathroom, and her guest room.

Tricia's One Room Challenge {Basement Playroom}

Tricia’s One Room Challenge {Basement Playroom}


Tricia’s One Room Challenge {Kids’ Bathroom}

Tricia's One Room Challenge {Guest Bedroom}

Tricia’s One Room Challenge {Guest Bedroom}

I have only joined once so far, making over my laundry room.

Erin's One Room Challenge {Laundry Room}

Erin’s One Room Challenge {Laundry Room}

I can’t wait to join in the fun this year and the victim of my decorating ADD is my dining room. Let’s start with a few very poor pictures of my dining room. Taken before I knew that having lights on in your room photos is a total faux pas.

Erin's Dining Room- pre ORC Erin's Dining Room- pre ORC Erin's Dining Room- pre ORC Erin's Dining Room- pre ORC

Here’s the thing, that room looks way better without glaring light bulbs jumping out at you. But, the room is ready for a change. I’m just tired of things in the room, like the light fixtures and the curtains. Those curtains were the first pair of lined drapes I ever made. I was trying to be frugal by making them instead of buying them for Crate and Barrel. #mistake Instead of harping on everything that is wrong with the dining room, let’s talk about what I want to do to make it better. #positivethinking

First way to transform a room- paint. And this room is going to the dark side. Black, as in Tricorn Black by Sherwin Williams will be the walls and ceiling in this room. I’ve already painted my office black, and that room is directly across the hall from the dining room so it just makes sense to go black in the dining room as well. Plus the black will be a nice contrast against the white wainscoting.

tricorn black Sherwin Williams

I’m also planning on getting a new table and chairs for the room. I have wanted a tulip table forever. I can’t afford the real thing but Lexmod has a great knock-off for a super affordable price, making my tulip table dreams come true.

white tulip table

I’m planning on mixing the chairs around the table. Black wood chairs plus brown leather chairs will bring warmth to the room and contrast nicely with the white, shiny table.

West Elm leather chair scissor-spindle-dining-chair-o

One of the things I’m most excited about is the lighting for this room. I’m going to put two of the Rejuvenation Butte Cone Pendants above the table. And for the sconces there were a lot of contenders but I ended up choosing the Madonna sconce from Triple Seven Home.

Rejuvenation butte cone pendant


Madonna2 Triple Seven Home

Oh- I can’t believe I didn’t start with this statement piece for the room. I picked up a vintage rug from Oh Fox Creative that will be gorgeous in the room. I don’t have any real pictures of it yet but just know, it’s great. I’m also thinking of a large piece of art above the vintage sideboard that will stay in the room. I loved how The Curated House took a piece of art and used Art Resin to make it look high end and custom. I’m going to give this a try for my dining room as well.

Ready to see it all together? Check out the mood board I made for the space.


I love seeing how the different textures play off each other. Since I decorate with mainly neutrals, this room being no exception, I’ll bring visual interest to the room through lots of textures (wood, leather, shiny, matte, plants, etc). Come back next week and maybe I’ll have some room progress to share as well. You can check out the plans from all the invited designers here and also those of us linking up our plans as well here.



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21 Responses to One Room Challenge | Back in Black Dining Room {Week 1}

  1. Kate Collins says:

    Love it!! Will be such a great transformation. I had no idea about that saarinen tulip knock off – I might need it. The chairs you chose are perfect. Can’t wait to see it all come together!

    • Erin says:

      I should write a blog post about the things I have gone through to get a Saarinen tulip table. Order one off of Ebay (it was a vintage reproduction) only to be scammed by the shipper and never receive it. I can’t tell you how happy I am to get an affordable reproduction from a legit company!

  2. Samantha says:

    I loooove your plans, and I think it will look great, but I have to say your dining room already looks great! Looking forward to seeing the end result.

    • Erin says:

      Thanks Samantha! Funny thing is we NEVER use our dining room so I’m not sure why I am re-doing it. Just running out of projects I guess 😉

  3. I love the idea of painting the walls black! I painted my bedroom a dark navy color and now I’m obsessed with dark walls. You’ve picked out some great pieces and I can’t wait to see how it all comes together! Good luck!

  4. I love a black room – and the mood board looks great! Good luck 🙂

  5. Tammy says:

    Can’t wait to see you transform this space!!!!

  6. Erin, I have that table and it is AWESOME. So well made, so heavy, so durable. Love it. so much. This dining area is perfect. So my jam. Can’t wait to see it come together. xo

  7. brandy says:

    Love the black and white contrast. That table is awesome, along with the lighting. Can’t wait to see your reveal in a few weeks.

  8. This is going to be the dining room of my dreams. Love the choices. Can’t wait to follow along.

  9. Wow, your dining room has beautiful bones! Love the wainscoting detail. The black will really make it pop. Can’t wait to see your design plan come together!

  10. Jana says:

    Ohh it already looks amazing CANNOT wait to see you take it to the next level!!

  11. Katie Whitton says:

    I have been eyeing these same leather chairs at West Elm, but I keep hesitating because they don’t include reviews on their website. Do you have any strong feelings about the chairs after a few months. Are they comfortable, squeaky, easily tipped, or simply perfect? I would love to hear your feedback!

    • Erin says:

      I haven’t really used them much because we rarely eat in our dining room but I can say they seem pretty sturdy and like they wouldn’t tip easily. They are super comfortable to sit in!

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