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Location: Las Vegas
Measurement in square footage 114 
Year of construction 1990
Priority: You can enjoy the stunning views from this dining space. 


DesignBlogger paid the downpayment for her Las Vegas house. Angela Rose wasn’t in any position to swap out the dated windows and doors in the ’90s space (replacing just one of the latter can cost Maximum $1,500). You get a 200-square-inch pane kit and a textured rug by her. just-launched Loloi collectionA few pendants in bright colors and some accessories are also affordable. “It’s a completely different home now when you walk in,”Rose. 

After all, the whole reason Rose landed on this property after touring dozens of places was the dreamy backyard, complete with a pool and basketball court—and the views of it from the dining room. The problem was that large sliding doors leading onto the patio were obscured by bulky interior shutters. “I knew they had to come off,”Rose makes a mental note. Rose, an experienced renovator, describes the ways she’s perfected this vantage point.

Modern Trimming: Do You Want to Shake Well?

More exciting was the news that you could spray paint the exterior edges of your doors and windows to transform the views. To prep the space, I got it nice and clean (for aluminum, you just need to wipe down the trim; for vinyl, I’d scuff it up a bit with sandpaper). While it’s tempting to get full coverage the first time around, I kept moving as I sprayed the Rustoleum paintThree light coats were applied to avoid drip marks.

Griddy with It 

The room has 13 foot ceilings. To make it feel smaller, we added grids to the windows. PVC KitThe spray paint comes in white, so I used a handheldsaw to cut the trim and joiner pieces and then connected them. Next, I grabbed my spray paint can. But first, I covered the exterior-facing side with painter’s tape; that way it remains white and matches the rest of the home’s windows from the outside. After the grids had dried, I attached them using clear foam double-sided tape. 

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This is the way you walk

modern rustic dining room with striped jute rug

Before we moved in to our new house, I had replaced the tile with wooden-look tiles. Stoneform flooringWarranty: 20-year warranty. Because this is such a huge area, it was necessary to place a large rug over the top. The natural/black was my choice Striped designDe my jute Colton Collection—one of three in my 20-piece Loloi collaboration. (AubreyBeautiful printed designs, with vintage touches BlakeThe reimagining of antique designs, power loomed in warm earth tones with a hint fringe. 

Handwoven and textured, this particular item is from India. This piece looks fantastic even when the crumbs are on the ground. It’s available in seven sizes, but I opted for the 7’6”-by-9’6”; that way all the legs of the chairs can easily fit, making scooting in and out a breeze. 

Greatness is possible when you brush with it

I decided to go with Portola’s Roman Clay for the skim-coated walls to give a sense of soul and earthiness—and it only cost me $400. For a soft look, I tried different sizes of the materials. It was difficult to paint the corners so it took almost 24 hours. The corners would look better if I had the chance to do it again. then overlapped it with the Roman Clay so I didn’t have to be so precise. Owning a couple sets of scaffolding was a huge help—it’s one of the first things I purchased for this new house because I didn’t want to be limited by my height.

Grace is key to living with grace and aging in grace

light reflecting on plaster wall in dining room

Interior and chain both Pendant lamps found for $400I liked the space’s bright gold color, but I felt it needed more black elements to tie in my other elements. Loloi rug. Quickly, I whipped out some black spraypaint to cover the chains. These fixtures required some roughening. $8 Rub ’n BuffThis can also be done in a lighter brown color. 

Get up!

I crafted my own ceiling beams for $2,000 by mounting 2-by-6s to the joists with 3 ½-inch-long screws—they’re not going anywhere. With tape and wood glue, I then attached three poplar boards (with mitered edges), onto the joists. Next, I used wood glue to form U-shaped boxes. When everything was dry, I lifted both boxes using helping hands. Then, I attached the two 2-by-6s to each other with 2 inch-long nails.

Once my mind starts reimagining a space, I can’t stop. My mind sees everything. “I could add this.” These are the detailsIt can be switched out. here.The spark that lit a fire in me was ignited by my dining room renovation. It’s a good place to be.



Angela Rose, an experienced DIYer transforms her Las Vegas dining area with Loloi Rugs

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