There is a time and a place for wall-to-wall wood paneling, but that place is rarely a windowless dining room circa 2016. When stylist Kirsten Grove and her husband encountered such a space in their newly purchased Boise home, however, they only saw potential. After all, Kirsten, the author of the popular blog Simply Grove and the newly published book Simply Styling, knows a thing or two about finding silver linings in the drabest of spaces and turning those proverbial lemons into lemonade. A well-seasoned stylist, she knew that all the space needed was some TLC—and a serious coat of paint.

“We wanted to create a dining room that has the capacity to entertain quite a few people,” Kirsten says. “This space is located right next to the kitchen, which has made for the perfect entertaining space.” After tearing down all of the room’s paneling and scouring its image from memory with some white paint, Kirsten added some minimal Mid-Century touches to complete the look. “It feels ten times better and brighter!” she says. Take a peek at this stunning before and after + shop the look below!

BEFORE

west elm - Kirsten Grove's Dining Room Transformation

west elm - Kirsten Grove's Dining Room Transformation

AFTER

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west elm - Kirsten Grove's Dining Room Transformation

west elm - Kirsten Grove's Dining Room Transformation

west elm - Kirsten Grove's Dining Room Transformation

west elm - Kirsten Grove's Dining Room Transformation

west elm - Kirsten Grove's Dining Room Transformation

west elm - Kirsten Grove's Dining Room Transformation

west elm - Kirsten Grove's Dining Room Transformation

west elm - Kirsten Grove's Dining Room Transformation

Photos by Karen Krum.

Kirsten Grove Headshot

Interior stylist Kirsten Grove has worked with clients all over the world. She’s designed and styled commercial space in Seattle, as well as residential space in Stockholm, LA, New York City, and Denver. Kirsten is a contributing editor at Better Homes and Gardens, Euro Style Lighting, and Interior Collective, and her work has been featured in marthastewart.com, Lucky Magazine, The Nest, Elle Decor, HGTV, Apartment Therapy, and Design Sponge. Her book, Simply Styled, is on sale now. Follow her on Instagram.

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S Doran

October 6, 2016

Poor photography. Only snip its of corners of the rooms. Hard to get a real feel for the rooms.

Theresa

October 7, 2016

Um, all I see are close up pictures of West Elm furniture. Are there any images of the rooms as a whole?

EMC

October 8, 2016

Why not pan out to see the big after picture? These after pictures are just vignettes and could be anywhere.

Sarah

October 10, 2016

I agree with the other comments. I would like to see a few photos of the full space to see the actual transformation. For all we know this could be a totally different space.

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