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Joy has been chronicling the transformation of her DC-area family home on her blog, Beautiful Protest. The kitchen and adjacent dining area were given a fresh new look that includes lighting and chairs from west elm…

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I cut the 3-Jar Chandelier apart and hung the jars as single pendants over the peninsula, using west elm’s conversion kits. I spray painted the kits to match the fixtures with some dark metallic spray paint.


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The end chairs were end-of-summer clearance from west elm — thanks to some birthday money and credit card points. They are technically outdoor chairs, but I just fell in love with the herringbone metalwork. They are one of my favorite purchases.

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Joy has included tons of resources, including a budget and complete source list on her blog. In addition, you can learn how Joy and her husband Peter DIY’d their new dining room table.

Source List & Budget
Dining Area
Before & After: A Kitchen is Totally Transformed with a Few Simple Steps


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Images: Beautiful Protest


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October 10, 2013

Love this transformation! And I’m always excited to find another local blogger. Thanks for sharing.


October 10, 2013

I absolutely love the light and clean look of the kitchen! Great job!


October 10, 2013

Love 🙂


October 10, 2013

I love the grey and white, and the countertops in the kitchen make a huge difference.


October 10, 2013

FANTASTIC!!! What a wonderful transformation!! Congrats and enjoy!!


October 10, 2013

I’ve always loved the appearance of the West Elm high gloss furniture. Great use of pops of color and what a difference! Thanks for sharing!


October 10, 2013

I love the grey/white/citron!!!! Have that scheme (with West Elm items, of course) in my home as well!


October 10, 2013

I like the kitchen very much, but the dining room NO!! The chairs in the make over are terrible! It looks like they brought them in from the garden while in transition of a project.


October 10, 2013

Finally! A real change 🙂 Was beginning to think these Before & After’s were going to be about changing a rug and pillows.

Kitchen came out so light and fresh. I dig what they were trying to achieve with the dining area, but its no where near as nice as the kitchen.


October 10, 2013

What a fabulous job! I love everything, including the dining room chairs. And I love what you did with the jar light in the kitchen! You should be very proud.


October 10, 2013

I like the kitchen transformation, but liked the “before” dining room better than the “after”. Then again, that green is about my favorite color…


October 10, 2013

i love it it’s look clean and fresh great job. Thank you for sharing.


October 10, 2013

I LOVE the chairs in the dining room! They are darling and provide nice contrast. It was my favorite element. I’ve been thinking of those same Overstock chairs for my antique farm table, along with similar “king” and “queen” modern white plastic/metal chairs. I used to decorate only with antiques, but now I prefer the juxtaposition of old with a bit of modern, light and dark together.

Catherine Goodman

October 24, 2013

I would like to know the countertop material. I want something bright and shiny ( and inexpensive, of course) for my kitchen remodel.

Dessy Anaiwan @ Appliances Connection

December 9, 2013

Hi Catherine,

The transformation is good and the furniture used is also really nice.

If you want to know about countertop material then please visit my site, there you will find a lots of collection for home and kitchen appliances.

Thank you.


February 14, 2014

I love the interior of dining room. recently I refurnished my kitchen by Lisa which is also an excellent interior designer in Chicago. You can see here – her gallery and get more ideas. Anyway I like these interior more the mine.

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