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Decorate Dining Room

Ideas, costs, tips and plans - the information you need for a successful Dining Room Decorating project

January 2014

Homeowners have many important questions about their Dining Room Decorating Project. How much will it cost? How long will it take? What problem areas do I need to watch out for? Can I recover my Dining Room Decorating investment when I sell? Can I do some of the work myself? What can I do to make sure that the work is done right?

Costs, materials and best practices for the example Dining Room Decorating project will help you answer these questions. Use this information to develop a budget, bid requirements, hiring contracts and a project plan.

Use the following information to understand your options, make good decisions and get quality work at a fair price.

Dining Room Decorating - Project Overview

The approximate costs and value of a typical Dining Room Decorating project are summarized below. Use higher estimates for larger metropolitan areas and the lower estimates where home prices are below the national average. Adjust costs for substitutions or refinements in the last section. For size differences of up to 25%, scale total costs in direct proportion to the size of your project. Use the adjusted costs as a basis for setting a material budget and for comparing contractor bids (if you choose to have a professional perform the work).

Project descriptionDecorate dining room. Update molding, flooring, switchplates, window treatments and decorative hardware.Use above average grade of materials, fabrication and installation quality.
Project size200 square feet of renovation
Material and labor cost$4,806 - $5,607
Material cost$2,921 - $3,407
Do-it-yourself assessmentThe typical Dining Room Decorating project can be completed by a moderately skilled do-it-yourselfer; as with any project, high quality Dining Room Decorating requires attention to detail and careful planning.
First year Return on Investment - ROIReturns vary widely and are affected by the range of home prices in your neighborhood, the overall condition of your home and sensible design choices. A high quality Dining Room Decorating project in an appropriate neighborhood can return as much as 77% - 91% of its initial cost.
Long term Return on Investment - ROIActual returns vary widely and are affected by the range of home prices in your neighborhood, the overall condition of your home and sensible design choices. A good quality Dining Room Decorating project in the right neighborhoods can return 61% - 72% of its initial cost.
Green ratingDining Room Decorating projects can incorporate renewable or sustainable resources and environmentally friendly materials.

Dining Room Decorating - Proven Ideas and Project Tips

Review these tips, design suggestions, options and lessons learned before finalizing your Dining Room Decorating project plan.

Dining Room Decorating - Project Plan and Details

The following list includes major work tasks commonly performed during Dining Room Decorating. Use this list to understand the timing and sequence of different steps in the Dining Room Decorating project. Click any Task name for a complete written specifications, FAQs and quality checklist for the task - this essential information will help you control Dining Room Decorating project cost and quality.

TaskService ProviderDurationDo-it-yourself difficultyTarget cost
Develop Dining Room Decorating IdeasInterior Designer3 to 5 dLevel 3 - Complex, Difficult$285 - $476
Prepare Dining Room DesignInterior Designer3 to 7 dLevel 3 - Complex, Difficult$285 - $476
Design Dining Room LightingLighting Designer2 to 3 dLevel 3 - Complex, Difficult$190 - $317
Select Dining Room FurnitureInterior Designer3 to 5 dLevel 2 - Challenging$285 - $476
Remove PaintPainting Contractor1 dLevel 1 - Basic$7.00 - $11.69 per linear foot
Remove WallpaperDemolition Laborer1 dLevel 1 - Basic$2.50 - $4.18 per square foot
Repair WallDrywall and Plaster Contractor1 to 3 dLevel 2 - Challenging$34 - $60
Install Trim MoldingFinish Carpenter1 to 2 dLevel 2 - Challenging$2.18 - $3.72 per linear foot
Hang Interior DoorFinish Carpenter1 dLevel 3 - Complex, Difficult$230 - $407 per door
Install Window BlindsFinish Carpenter1 dLevel 1 - Basic$83 - $149
Paint RoomsPainting Contractor1 to 3 dLevel 2 - Challenging$0.66 - $1.13 per square foot
Paint DoorPainting Contractor1 to 3 dLevel 2 - Challenging$99 - $166
Install Maple FlooringFlooring Contractor1 to 2 dLevel 2 - Challenging$8.70 - $15.65 per square foot
Install Wall SconceElectrician1 to 2 dLevel 2 - Challenging$180 - $314 per fixture
Install Light SwitchElectrician1 dLevel 2 - Challenging$98 - $165


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