Before we moved in:
Right after we moved in:
After I Got My Act Together:
My dining room set was bought second hand for not much at all...I can't remember exactly but I'd say around $150 I think. With the sideboard. When I painted it black I liked it even more. Here is my tutorial on how to do that. It has held up so well. The sideboard has a scratch on it, but it was all my fault....I dragged my nativity scene across it. I will touch it up one day soon...that happened in 2009, so you can see I consider it quite urgent.
The simple light fixture is from Lowes. The rug also. The curtains also.
The paint color is Shallow Tide from you guessed it, Lowes.