One thing I did do (well my friend Brian did for me) was install a new light fixture in the dining area. I had been wanting a farmhouse style light for a while, and I had a friend go to IKEA for me and pick one up.
This one was only $29.99 BUT i thought it was going to be a LOT smaller than it is. However, once it was installed, I liked it. Not exactly "true" farmhouse style, but I like the change. (And plus IKEA is over 3 hours from here, so I couldn't return it that easily)
A small update, but I am happy with the result! For $29.99, you can't really beat it!