Dining Room Reveal: It’s All About the Beach, Color, and Lighting

As part of my partnership with GE, I received coupons for my GE light bulbs. All opinions posted about my GE Lighting experience are my own.
With our recent move back to the island in to our fabulous new place, I’ve been slow to decorate. You see, I have no desire to hang the same pictures that have been in all of our other homes. Well, the family photos, yes, but in those frames, not so much. I want beach colors like blues and greens, with a splash of pink and yellow here and there. I want shells and other beachy items adorning tabletops. I want island smells wafting throughout the rooms. And I want a bright and cheery atmosphere.
Yes, I want a lot and I make no apologies about it. I’m back in my own paradise and this place should reflect my happiness. I work from home and I should be surrounded by things that make me smile. I decided to get moving on it this weekend. 
We had already retired our old table to the big dumpster in the sky and bought a new one. Black to match my living room furniture and I added a little color to motivate me to finish unpacking and to decorate. It didn’t work. The colors were just too bland for me. This wasn’t getting me anywhere.
That…the most beautiful chandelier on the planet that I coveted while at a local decor shop…is what got me motivated. B knew I wanted it but we had nowhere to hang it. Or did we? He figured it out and went out and got this magnificent creature for me for Valentines Day. Because of his work schedule, it took him a while to hang it, but once it was up, I was ready to get my decor on!
I bought some new place mats in glorious bright colors. I bought a rug to catch all of the crumbs as they dribble out of mouths and off the table on to the floor. I got a couple of stools for the bar from the kitchen to the dining room for additional seating. And I got motivated. 
I started unpacking. I started getting excited. And I’ve been working here and there on the dining room, and other areas in our home, ever since. And you know what? I started feeling a little crafty again. Crafty Christy entered the building. You can upcycle just about anything in to a decor item if you think about it. There’s no need to spend oodles of dollars. Do it yourself. And so I did.
A little spray paint can do wonders to old or new items. I wouldn’t recommend doing this outside on an island with wind gusts up to 30 mph (which I might or might not have done) but spray paint is magic. I revamped an old frame and customized some new sconces I bought on a recent shopping trip so that they fit my color scheme.
And by this time I was color crazy. Obsessed perhaps. You see the chandelier that B bought me had a stained glass bulb in it. But the colors were so incredibly dull and the bulb was dim. It really did nothing for the chandelier itself nor for the room. I bought some GE Reveal® light bulbs in various sizes to brighten up my home. This bulb was perfect for the project I wanted to try for the dining room. I tested it before I painted it and it was fabulously bright and revealed all of the colors and patterns I had in my (work in progress) dining room. But since the original bulb in the chandelier was stained glass, why not try that myself with vibrant colors? It’s fun and festive. Yes, it might be too bright for some, but it was intended for my pleasure and I like it.
 The chandelier with the old bulb.
  The chandelier with my new Stained Glass GE Reveal® bulb.
We still have work to do on the dining room and other rooms but I’m pleased so far with how things are turning out. Are you ready for the big reveal? Here is the room (don’t judge…I know the walls are still incredibly empty) before the lighting change.
I love the look and feel of what we have going on so far. But the colors just don’t POP under this lighting like I want them to. How do you make colors POP? A lighting makeover of course!
I love it! Lighting does make a difference. Who knew? I love the way the colors and patterns play off of the lighting. It’s an even bigger difference in person. I can’t wait to get this room finished as well as work on the others. I’ll be sure to come back and share as I make progress. 
In the meantime, consider making a lighting switch in some of the rooms in your house. It’s amazing what a little lighting can do to change the whole mood, look, and feel of a room. To find out which bulbs would be best for you, be sure to connect with GE Lighting on Facebook and Twitter for all of the latest news and product information. 
Disclosure: I am a member of the Collective Bias®  Social Fabric® Community. This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias®  and GE Lighting. All opinions, ideas, and photos are entirely my own. #cbias #SocialFabric #GELighting
About Christy

Christy Gossett, managing editor of SoFabFood and creator of the healthy living blog, Insanity Is Not An Option, is a WAHM of 6 kids ranging in age from 27 to 8. She enjoys sharing her heart-healthy, low sodium recipes to help others with dietary restrictions enjoy a flavorful life while maintaining a healthy diet.

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  1. Love the new chandelier and I love the idea of the stained glass bulb! Awesome!

  2. clgossett says:

    The chandelier is fabulous! And the stained glass bulb shoots even more color through the room. I can’t wait to get the rest of the picture frames done and finish it off. Oh and cover up the fish tank table somehow. That must be done.

  3. Wait…is that a pop or purple? I’m sure you’ll say it’s blue…but I say it’s purple!

  4. I love the bulb and chandalier, but those placemats are so cute!

  5. clgossett says:

    There is no purple there. Stop that!

  6. Oh my goodness, you go crafty Christy! I love the painted bulb. Did you have to use special paint?

  7. I love that Chandelier! What did you use to paint the bulb?

  8. Melissa Rheinlander says:

    LOVE LOVE LOVE the chandelier!! I think I need one of those!! 🙂

  9. clgossett says:

    Ha! I don’t even drink wine and I just wanted it so badly. And I smile every time I walk by it now. 🙂

  10. clgossett says:

    I used acrylics and they didn’t work as well as I’d hoped. They can handle the application but I should have left the island *GASP* to go to a craft store and buy paint specific for this type of thing. But it wouldn’t be as bright that way.

  11. clgossett says:

    Ha Ha! I should have and will next time I do a project like this. I love the look!

  12. dadofdivas says:

    What creative ideas! Thanks for sharing!