Since I haven’t really blogged over the past couple years, we have done a lot to our little home. Our friends and families thought we were crazy buying our condo, as it was extremely dated. But worse, it was totally saturated in cigarette and sewer smell. But our options were pretty slim at the time we bought, we were desperate for a house, and I have vision and maybe an irrational sense of what is possible.
Here is what the dining room looked like when we bought it (I so, wish this picture was scratch and sniff as the impact would be that much more dramatic).
The very first thing we did was rip out all the flooring, wallpaper stripped, then every surface got primed and painted, finally new carpet and laminate flooring. It went from dark and dingy to light and bright!
The dining room table is my old one (that thing has had 9 lives). I keep saying I’m going to get rid of it, but I don’t. I will have a separate post on the makeover details of this, but I also added some free captain chairs that I reupholstered myself.
Some things I still need to do in the dining room are:
1. Either makeover or replace the chandelier (note the one crystal I forgot to remove before shooting the photos… A possibility).
2. Build in the shelves and dress them up a little more.
3. Add a narrow buffet between the two shelves for desperately needed additional storage (this would require removing baseboard heater-which is fine because we have an alternative heat source).
4. Paint or replace frame on the artwork. It feels a little chintzy right now.
We painted the whole main area in Portland Gray from Lowes. It is an almost exact match to Restoration Hardware’s Stone Gray. I used this color in our Mesa home and I still love it. It’s the perfect greige.
I started with this room because I am in need of an opinion for my cafe curtain for the adjoining kitchen. And I am hoping some of my remaining loyal followers will be able to help and voice their opinions. 🙂
That will be my next post.