Last weekend we decided to do a little makeover to the dining room. When we moved in, the walls were light brown over brown, with a terrible chair rail, no window treatments, and carpet on the floors. During the Kitchen Renovation we removed the carpet and added hardwoods, and also repainted, but the room was still dark and drab. We decided to lighten up the walls, install a new higher chair rail, and add some recessed boxes below the rail. We painted every thing below the rail a bright white and painted the top of the walls a neutral gray. Below are a couple before and after pictures.