Continuing on with the never before seen spaces throughout our not-so-new anymore home. Yesterday we covered the updated office space, which, for the time being, is closer to being finished than started. The dining room? Not so much. We have furniture in place, a few base cabinets installed for a future bench project, lighting, a temporary rug, and more than a few things that don’t belong.
So, as we move on to the dining room’s current state, please try to ignore the “not your average exposed brick”, cat hiding in every pic I’ve taken today, and the randomly placed carpet cleaners. This is our life.
As far as what we’ve done so far, aside from the things mentioned above, we’ve’ actually made a tremendous amount of construction-based changes to this room. Starting with knocking down the wall that once separated the kitchen from the dining room, removing the cove ceilings (not by choice), extending the wall to the right of the dining table to meet flush with the cabinet, and removing part of the adjacent wall to the left to make it flush with the opposite cabinet. We had some serious help from friends and family in this room.
We’d call this room about 30% finished, with big plans in the very near future. Some of which include a DIY upholstered bench opposite the chairs, a feature wall, possibly a new light fixture with a little more buh-BAM, a more permanent rug, and the oh-so-fun styling. We’ve also changed our minds on the upper cabinets, seen above.
This blog follows our renovation experiences, the good and the bad, so we’re not afraid to let you in our mistakes, sometimes costly ones. We we’re thinking the cabinets would sit flush against the wall, but the doors wouldn’t be able to open. Duh. Now they stick out about six inches further towards the center than the lower cabinets and it’s driving me nuts. Plus, it’s feeling a little closed in with so much cabinetry so we’re excited to open it back up. As for the cabinets, we’re hoping that they can find a new home somewhere else in our home. Garage, laundry room maybe?
Baseboards and crown molding are also on the to-do list in this space as well as the kitchen. So little time.
Here’s a better shot on the DIY bench progress. We’re still up in the air about a door choice for the cabinets below the bench. I’ve ordered a few fabric swatches though, so hopefully some progress in the upholstery department within the next week 🙂
As much as we’d love for this room to be finished, we’ve directed our attention to the laundry room for the time being, and we plan on keeping it there until it’s D.O.N.E. For the sanity of my family 😉