The paint color is the most obvious difference. We wanted a lighter color that would make the room feel brighter. We also switched out the sliding glass doors. It's hard to tell from the pictures, but the new doors have larger glass panes that let in more light. I don't think it would be possible to have a room with too much sunlight! The dining room table and chairs were bought on a severe newlywed budget ($200 at KMart), but they work.
There's still a lot that we want to change. The picture that hangs over the sideboard isn't quite large enough to balance out that space. Eventually, I'd like to either find something larger for that space or find something to hang on the sides. The big vase on the sideboard (wedding present) will eventually be replaced.
I also like this crystal vase (birthday present) so it probably has a permanent home in the dining room.
One of the small fixes will be to fill up this very empty wall here.
I'm thinking of putting up a couple of frames in an arrangement like this:
We also plan to put up some crown-molding. My husband is my DIY hero.
And finally, we want to replace the brass chandelier with this dreamy one:
Just kidding! The chandelier we really want is this one from PotteryBarn:
Love those crystal spheres!