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How To Add Finishing Touches to a Dining Room

Learn how to put the final touches on a dining room to make a renovation complete.

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put final touches on dining room renovation
  • Time


  • Price Range

    $250 - $500

  • Difficulty

    Easy to Moderate


Step 1: Clean the Trim

Use a simple soap-and-water combo to clean most of the dirt and grime from the decorative wood trim. If you need to remove old layers of yellowed varnish or shellac, you can use denatured alcohol rubbed on with very-fine steel wool.

clean decorative wood trim

Step 2: Finish the Floors

With the painting complete, the tarps and sheet-plastic can be removed to ready the floor for cleaning and refinishing. Rather than sanding the floors, they simply needed to be cleaned with soap and water. Finally, a coat of oil brought out the luster of the wood floor.

floors cleaned with soap and water

Step 3: Add Lighting

A new, more period-correct chandelier is installed to replace the old light fixture.