Top 10 DIY Dining Room Projects

Find clever (and often inexpensive) ideas and instructions to freshen up your dining area.

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Re-Cover It

Update old dining room chairs with new fabric. A bold graphic pattern can bring a pop of color and life into a room. And the best part: It doesn't cost a lot of money. Get the step-by-step instructions >>

Shelve It

Instead of artwork, hang shelves to display a prized collection of trinkets or your favorite dishware. Floating shelves are a good beginner woodworking project, and when you're done you'll have more than what's on the shelf to show off. Learn how to build open shelving >>

Top It Off

Add texture and formality up above by applying tin tiles or embossed wallpaper to the ceiling. Having a little architectural interest on the ceiling will draw the eye up and make the room seem bigger. Get the step-by-step instructions >>

Light It — Boldly

Add one unique focal point to make a statement. These homeowners did that by installing an unusual light fixture. The fixture's sheer-white hue complements the modern color scheme, while the odd shape catches the eye and the imagination. Get more lighting ideas >>

Mold It

Panel-style wainscoting wraps the lower walls in this open-floor-plan home. To set the dining area apart, panel molding was also added to the upper walls. The slate-gray color within some of the panels adds to the air of sophistication. Get instructions for creating panel molding >>

Build It

Show off you woodworking skills by handcrafting your own dining table. To make the job easier, buy the table legs or upcycle old columns and then have the tabletop pre-cut at the lumberyard. Learn how to make this table. 

Paper It

Give your room a new look with wallpaper. It's a great opportunity to add your own unique stamp of personality because you can go as bold or as subdued as you want. Get step-by-step instructions for wallpapering a room >>

Bank It

Banquette benches can double your seating, expand your storage and they make a great social gathering space. Get instructions for making a banquette with storage >>

Stripe It

Dining rooms often have big windows and doorways with little wall space, which makes it easier to do a paint treatment on the walls. Let your imagination run wild: Try stripes, Venetian plaster, colorwashing or stenciling. Find more decorative painting ideas >>

Hutch It

To make this generously sized dining space more functional, built-in cabinets were added on the long wall. They provide extra storage and plenty of display space for dinnerware and wine. Get more ideas for dining room storage >>