Dining Room Progress

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).

And here is what it looks like after….
It is still very much a work in progress, but a massive improvement I’m sure you’ll agree.

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.

Looking back, we feel purchasing our condo was a good decision, even if we still have so much we want to do with it.


3 thoughts on “Dining Room Progress

  1. Jenna says:

    This is a wonderful look! I was wondering where you got the 3 tiered toy storage? Love and need! 🙂 Thanks!!

  2. NataLee says:

    Thanks Jenna! I actually got it at the Goodwill in Arizona a few years ago… When I bought it, it was beat up and white. I spray painted it bronze. I think it was a bin at a sporting good store. Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  3. Jenna says:

    Thanks, NataLee!! Also, I had seen the Lowe’s spanish tile wallpaper on their website and my husband frowned at the idea of wallpaper. After I showed him how it looks in a room on your website, he is coming around to the idea and hopefully we can put it up in our new place in a few weeks here! :)….with all matching batch numbers of course 🙂 Thanks again!

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