If you missed the first installment of this four-part series, you can catch up here.
Last time, I talked all about my plans for the living room. It’s time to turn the corner (literally) and take a peek into our dining room.
Here’s how it looked right before we moved in:
I love the built-ins…like, a lot. (There are actually two, one on either side of the window.) There is no longer a door to the kitchen, it’s just an open entryway now. I’m not sure at what point the door went byebye, but it wasn’t there when we moved in. Again, the color on the walls is staying the way it is…it’s the same color that’s in the living room, and also the same pain in the booty textured walls. I’m not mentally prepared to deal with something like that. Nuh uh.
Here’s the progress we’ve made so far:
I am seriously so frickin’ proud of that table! I love being able to tell people we built it ourselves, especially when they give the compliment before they know. It’s like a ton of pats on the back. All at once. I’m really proud of the deal I got on those chairs, too…I know they were still a pretty significant chunk of money, but I totally did my research and got the very best price I could find ANYWHERE.
Our Expedit bookcase from IKEA is currently housed here as well (it’s out of frame to the left), but that will get a makeover and find a new home in the living room. Other than that, there are only three things I’d like to add to this room to finish it off.
1. A bench or settee. I’d love to put it along the right-hand side of the table (i.e. the side next to the window). It will hopefully be something antique, and it just so happens I found the PERFECT bench on…you guessed it…Craigslist.
Oh. My. Gawd. It’s chippy. And old. And did I mention it’s exactly the right length and width? And the EXACT same height as our current chairs?! I seriously wouldn’t change anything about it, I’d just park it right next to the table and be done with it. Well, I’d probably sew up a nice cushion to make it more comfy for its patrons, but that’s it. I am trying not to jump the gun and buy it, but I’m so afraid it will be gone right away! And I’m not sure I would find something that perfect again. If you read Victoria’s blog, you know about the raccoon in her head that tells her to buy things (especially awesome things from Craigslist). I’m pretty sure I suffer from the same affliction. We should start a support group. Actually, it would be better to call it an encouragement group. Anyway, I digress. Next!
2. A desk/dresser/buffet. The space currently taken up by the Expedit will be quite bare after it travels to the living room, so it will need to be filled with something else. I currently don’t have a “desk”, so it might be nice to find something small…just a nice area to sit and enjoy a cup of coffee while I write my blog…and do my science thinking, of course. I know I can just do this at the dining room table, but that means constantly moving my laptop and other stuff to keep the clutter contained, and I’d rather have a designated spot where I can just plop those sort of things down and not move them.
3. Wall art. I should just go ahead and say that hanging things on the walls is an area of complete naivety to me. In all of the places we’ve rented (and there have been many), we’ve never bothered to hang anything. I never had anything hanging in my room growing up either, save a poster of a baby seal on the back of my bedroom door. I’ve never really known how to hang stuff to make it look good, but I’d LOVE to have some sort of gallery wall. I think this room would be a great place for it. I’m thinking above the new desk.
That’s it! Not a ton of work, really…as long as I can find a bench that’s already perfectly shabby and a desk/dresser/buffet that only needs a new coat of paint.
Make sure to check back soon for the next installment, the master bedroom!
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