I have a hold on doing much to my dining room. I can't do any lighting changes, flooring, or major wall changes because my husband has plans to knock a wall out, get new flooring, and new lighting. So I am limited to not changing much. See with my husband when you remodel you remodel. He has no small project button. You do it all at once and you change everything. But, I can do things that don't require 21st century changes like candle chandeliers.
So here is my dining room before; we don't have a central lighting fixture. (Yes, I know the carpet is bad. Someday we will change it.)
So here is the after. I have a light fixture! I won't use it every day but if the power goes out we are set and it has great decorating potential. A trick to getting candles to sit up nicely in a candle holder is playdough. Put a little bit of playdough in the bottom of the holder and set the candle in it. It will dry in place and it is easy to remove.
I will link this to Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch
Show Off Your Cottage Monday at The House in the Roses