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14 Living-Room and Dining-Room Makeovers

See how Real Simple readers’ rooms went from drab to fab.

Kitchen table and white walls
Jeff McNamara
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The two-tone stain and paint finish on the table and chairs make the room look choppy and thrown together. A squat, full-to-the-brim bookcase dwarfs the space, and the overflow sits on the floor—preserving the walls for display although organizing space is desperately needed.

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