This is what the dining room looked like when we bought our house almost 3 years ago. (This is the previous owner's stuff) The trim is faux painted to look like wood and not only are the walls faux painted to look like maroon leather, they are also textured. The walls in the living room and kitchen were also textured and the kitchen walls had a nice grape and leaf motif stamped in them. Needless to say, before even moving in we had the popcorn ceilings scraped and replaced with knock-down texture and all the walls skimmed to get rid of the texture.
This is the third phase of the dining room as I am missing a picture of it painted yellow. This room is directly on the left as you walk in our front door and quite a little way from the eat-in kitchen, so we actually didn't use it as a dining room all that often.
I decided to move our large dining room table into the kitchen and use this room as a lounge area. I painted the ceiling in the bay window area the same color as the walls to try to make it disappear a bit and I also painted the ceiling a light grey and replaced the light fixture. I found the grey club chairs on Overstock.com and they are actually very comfortable!
In the process of making some repairs to other areas of the house, we had to tear up a bit of our wood floors at the back door. I begged a little and we decided to take up the carpet in the "dining room" and the half bath right off the kitchen and then have all the floors refinished. Yeah!
This is how it looks today. I have fabric purchased for curtains but that will probably have to wait until after the holidays. Plans are in the works for built-ins in the alcove on the back wall and the carpet on the stairs will be replaced soon. It has been a lengthy process but I think we will use the room much more this way.