8 Beautiful Dining Room Makeovers

See the before-and-after pictures from these jaw-dropping transformations.


The room in your home where you eat delicious food with your loved ones ought to be special. So we've dug through the Landcruisers archives (and 's and 's too!) for the most inspiring dining room updates. Keep clicking to see the top transformations (psst…we saved the best for last!).

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Before: Dated and Dull
before photo of dining room
Bob O’Connor

A few years ago, Boston-area native Jessica Bruno, her husband, Tony, and their young son, Tony, sold their house and moved back in with Jessica's parents, a meant-to-be-temporary move. But the Brunos never left, and they wanted to make their dining room feel like new. So Landcruisers enlisted Target to lend the finishing touches to the space.

After: Contemporary and Comfortable
after photo of dining room
Bob O’Connor

Now, pops of color in the hutch and reupholstered side chairs brighten the space. A neutral rug and dining chair cushions keep things from getting too busy.

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Prop styling by Emily Rickard for Ennis, Inc.; hair and makeup by Lynne Avallone for Ennis, Inc; asst. hair and makeup by Lori Greene

Before: Small and Disorganized
before photo of living room makeover
Anne Schlechter

Recently married, Susan Lafferty moved into her new husband's apartment in Massachusetts. Starting their lives together also meant redesigning the place with both of their belongings, an unforeseen challenge for the couple. Landcruisers sent designer to help—and give their space a fresh look.

After: Cozy and Chic
living room
Anne Schlechter

A small table will suffice when the newlyweds prepare a quiet dinner for two. If company comes over, the console to the left can be used as a buffet and the yellow side table can be transformed into a cocktail station. Unexpected touches like a globe chandelier add personality.

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Before: Neglected and in Disrepair
before of the farmhouse dining room
Anson Smart

Lisa and Mark Hellman, in a yearlong, top-to-bottom-renovation, restored a 106-year-old upstate New York farmhouse to its former pastoral glory. The best advice they got: "Our contractor talked us into replacing the old windows. We lost some character, but wound up saving thousands in heating bills."

After: Simple and Southwestern
after of the farmhouse dining room
Anson Smart

Though they had to replace the beyond-repair tin ceiling with a plaster version, Mark and Lisa added interest to the room by installing beadboard along its lower walls. The antique table, chairs and rug are family heirlooms and the wrought-iron chandelier is custom-made.

Before: Dark and Mismatched
before of dining room
Mark Lund

Shirley Tetreault, 61, had lost her job at a software company and was near foreclosure on her home when her mother, Betty, 84—an avid gardener and activist in their Northborough, MA, community—suddenly passed away. Shirley moved into the family home, a 1950s ranch; though it was in good repair, it was crowded with Betty's worn furniture and collections. "I wanted to update it without losing my mother's character," says Shirley. Enter Annie Selke.

After: Warm and Welcoming
after of dining room
Mark Lund

Using her 17-plus years of expertise, the Massachusetts-based designer helped Shirley figure out her design personality and strike a balance between expressing her taste and honoring her mother's memory. Now, the dining room hosts charity quilting guild meetings and Sunday night dinners for her extended family.

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Before: Cookie Cutter
before of breakfast room makeover

Dallas-based interior designer Abbe Fenimore helped a couple of newlyweds and first-time homeowners turn a lackluster dining area off the kitchen into a stylish, modern space.

After: Personality-Packed
after of breakfast room makeover
Melanie Johnson Photography

Masculine bold graphics for him and feminine mirrored furniture for her balance out the design while creating a sense of individuality.

Before: Unused Outdoors
before photo of long island home
William Waldron

With the help of architect , homeowner Drew Hodges linked his tiny Long Island, NY, cottage with its freestanding garage to provide something the original blueprint lacked: a dining room worthy of the lively entertaining Hodges and his partner, Peter Kukielski, like to do.

After: Rustic and Rela
after photo of island home
William Waldron

Hodges's dining room acknowledges its outdoorsy past with glass doors that open onto the garden. He resisted "civilizing" the walls, either leaving the clapboard intact or exposing the Mondrian-like framework beneath it. --Joshua Lyon

Before: Old-fashioned and Dull
before dining room
Melanie Acevedo

Faded patterned wallpaper, a brass chandelier and heavy, dark furniture date this dining room. But the bones of the room have great potential, including a beautiful wood floor and white wainscoting.

After: Modern and Monochromatic
after dining room
Melanie Acevedo

A wallpaper swap—and some savvy catalog shopping—dramatically changed the tune of this space in no time flat.

Before: Cluttered Catch-All
Alexandra Rowley

Mara, a recent empty nester, wanted to reclaim her dining room so she had somewhere to host family dinners when her college-age kids came home for the holidays. But the rooms was serving more like a storage space than a place for entertaining. "We clear off the table for meals from time to time, but the corners are always full of junk," she said.

After: Inviting and Organized
Alexandra Rowley

Organizing expert Lori Marrero helped transform the space into an inviting place to gather the family. Now, a symmetrical arrangement makes the room feel orderly. All furniture is courtesy of Cost Plus World Market.

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