1. Measure the room, including
windows and doors. Draw a floor plan. Note
the placement of electrical outlets, switches,
2. Assess the walls, ceiling, floors,
windows, ductwork, and built-ins. Prioritize
the things demanding
attention according to their importance and
the budget. Functional needs must be met
first, then aesthetics.
3. Create a written design plan. Select a
motif and color palette. We were inspired by
the Robert Allen leaf-motif fabric in spring
4. Purchase a round pedestal table and
sideboard and have them sanded and painted
in black matte-finish paint.
5. Paint over the dining room s
mottled walls with Sundew to match walls in
the rest of the home. Tape off stripes on the
focal wall. Paint the palest colors first, leaving
the base-coat color where needed.
When the wall is dry, continue taping and painting stripes until
you re happy with the result. We
painted the darkest shades over the vents to
help disguise them.
6. Build the floating shelves, iron on the
veneer, stain, and install them.
7. Paint over the leopard-print border on
the sisal rug with black paint. (We couldn t
find a rug in the right size with a black border,
so we had to make do.)
8. Hang new lined drapery panels. Cut out
leaf motifs from frosted plastic and apply to
the French door leading to the porch to help
diffuse the view. (The leaves can be easily
removed when you re ready for a change.)
9. Re-cover the dining chair seats. Design
and make new cushions
for the chairs at the kitchen bar.
10. Place the rug, furniture,
accessories, and flowers, and set