Get A Buckingham Palace Dining Room On A Budget

The Old Family Dining Room of the White House, Feb. 9, 2015. The room opens to public view for the first time in White House history Tuesday, February 10, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

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Wouldn’t it be amazing to have a grand dining room in which to entertain your friends and family every so often, or to just eat your simple as simple comes breakfast in? It would just be nice. A bowl of Rice Krispies sat at the end of a sophisticated dark wood table, wonderful portraits looking over you as you chomp away smiling. It would be amazing. Unfortunately, this is just a pipedream for most because owning a dining room like this would cost a fortune. But it doesn’t have to?

 

Yup. That’s right. We have been on the prowl recently, looked at ways to make this a quick room revamp and come up with a few amazing ideas to help you transform your space and create a stylish dining room on a budget. And here’s how you can do it:

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Antique-Styling Shouts Grandeur

It’s true. Having antiques dotted around your dining room shouts old-money and sophistication. However, it doesn’t have to cost a ton of money and require a grandma that once dated royalty. Just head to a flea market, or a salvage yard, or even an online auction site, and pick up anything that gives you butterflies. We’re talking unique pieces, with gilded edges and metal bases. If it would go unnoticed in a Parisian palace then get it.

 

You Must Have Matching Sets

That is what grandeur and sophistication are all about. It is all about matching dining tables and chairs, candlesticks, crockery, cutlery, and styling. Luckily this doesn’t have to cost the world. On the dining room table and chairs front, you can go with rental furniture to keep costs down. While lovely, old cutlery and crockery and bits and bobs can all be found in thrift stores and pawnbrokers without too much hassle whatsoever.

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Over Adorn Your Walls

If you have ever seen a grand dining room then you will know that they go against minimalism in every way imaginable, especially on the walls. It is all about gilded gold mirrors hanging above the fireplace, bold pieces of art and elaborate lighting. Luckily, this can all be bought on the fly. Craigslist, Freecycle, and yard sales are all great places to grab a bargain on the mirror front, while the online marketplace is an absolute goldmine for bits of art that you can’t stop having a love affair with, sites such as Etsy. As for the lights, a knock-off chandelier will cost you closer to $80 than it will $3000. It is just about knowing where to look.

 

Chocolate And Cream Works

You may be thinking that we are suggesting a faux-sophisticated dessert here, but we’re not. Chocolate and cream is, in fact, a color scheme that works wonders when it comes to creating that grand look you so desire. Start by splitting the walls. It won’t take long, or cost much, to have a carpenter come in and create a bold styling out of MDF to go two-thirds of the way up your walls. Then paint this white and above this chocolate. Then do the same with your dining set. Leave your dark wood table as it is but sleep some cream covers over your chairs. This is really handy if your chairs are really cheap looking.

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