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Make sure you check out the Dining Room Before Pictures here first!
The dining room really ended up being my favorite room in the house. I love the other renovations we did in the house but this room is really our new family center and I love that about it. It has a calm feel and we love enjoying meals here together! Enjoy the after pictures!
We replaced the front door (leads from the mudroom) for this glass pane door. It lets in a lot of light from the south side of the house without letting in a lot of heat (since there is another door out in the mudroom to the outside). This is the small wall right when you come in the door that is our mail and purse station. Hubby made this simple little white stand for some pictures and I usually keep our diaper bag, ect on the bottom. We hung up the little mail slots on the wall to hold mail until we can sort it out so it doesn’t sit on the counter or table.
Here’s the little mail sorter I found. Believe it or not I actually bought it in that color. It matched my wall color perfectly!
From this view you can see most of the room with our table. The large white box on the north wall is actually our furnace to heat the entire house. We didn’t have many options and couldn’t afford to put in a regular furnace system with venting (over $7000!). The wall furnace runs solely off of propane so it will work even in a power outage. For the month of winter that we were in the house it was very efficient and heat the entire house (even the upstairs!) well. Since we had to redo all the propane lines when we installed the furnace it cost us about $1000 for the furnace, propane lines, venting, and the electric blower we added that makes it even more efficient.
Now this is the reason this room took us so long to finish…the staircase! As you saw in the before pictures, the staircase was in very poor condition. It was a tiny, narrow hallway with sagging, carpeted stairs. We widened the opening between the dining room and the living room and tore out part of the wall from the hallway to create an open staircase. We then redid the stairs and created new railing. The new staircase is wider and the steps are wider. It’s still very steep but there isn’t much we can do about that, you just get a good workout going upstairs! 🙂 Hubby also created beautiful columns that frame out the separation between the dining room and the living room. We did keep the original wall on the staircase because I loved the look. It just needed to be repainted and the dents filled in. It’s actually the only original interior wall left in the house.
This is the north side of the dining room or the side that you come down to when you walk down the stairs. You can see the door to the bathroom here.
A view looking at the north wall. After thinking for a long time about this room I decided I wanted to tear out the window on the wall and put in a storm door that walks out to a little patio (which would be right next to my garden). I found this great door that lets in so much more light than the window did plus I can’t wait to build a little patio out the back next spring!
It took me forever to find a buffet for this room until I spotted this piece for 70% off at Hobby Lobby. It’s such a nice solid piece and adds some great much needed storage to this room. At the moment I have it filled with some home canned goods until they find a better spot! We added a faux chalkboard (it’s a black dry erase board) in here as well because I wanted something I could change up or we could write notes to each other on.
I’m prefer simple decor in our house to keep it from feeling and looking cluttered so I added a jar on top of the buffet and this fun chicken wire basket I found. I needed a place for my vintage cookbooks that don’t sit on a shelf very well so they made a new home in the basket.
Oh and I can’t forget one of the funnest features in this room! When we first started the reno in here I told hubby that I loved those tin tile ceilings and would love something in here so this is what we came up with! These tiles aren’t actually tin at all but they look like it! We did a smaller section of them instead of doing the entire ceiling so it just added to the room instead of overwhelming it.
I love decorating the table!
So that’s our dining room!I hope you enjoyed the pictures as much as we enjoy this room. 🙂
Farmhouse Renovation Part 1: Moving On
Farmhouse Renovation Part 2: Getting Started
Renovating the Farmhouse Bathroom: Before Pictures
Renovating the Farmhouse Landing
Renovating the Farmhouse Kitchen
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