Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Our Dining Room

The dining room seen from the kitchen
(You can enlarge the photo's by clicking on them)

I've shown bits and pieces of our dining room while taking pictures of other things in the house but thought I'd show you a bit more of it. This room was a real mess when we moved in. It took us 3 months to do just the living room dining room and 3 bedrooms. We had to patch the ceiling in the dining room before we could paint it and then we installed crown molding. We replaced the wobbly ceiling fan. The fireplace tiles had to be removed as they weren't covering enough of the wall and floor and there were no spare tiles. Mr Fixit recessed the tiles into the wood floor and we used the pecan floor boards to patch the hole in the living room floor later. We installed new tiles on the floor and walls and tore off the old window  and door trim and replaced it to match what was in other rooms. We then painted the walls Castle Stone and then sanded all the floors throughout the house and applied Waterlox. Four coats of it! This took an extra week because of drying time but it was well worth it. We didn't stain the floors...this is the natural color of the pecan wood.

Mr Fixit took the wood stove out (which was dang heavy!) and cleaned it inside and out and sealed it up then painted it with stove paint and re-installed it. One day we'd like to get a more efficient one but for now this one is fine.

Here you can see a bit more of the old woodstove

As seen from the living room

It's still a room in progress as is the rest of the house. I'm thinking of adding a 'skirt'
around the bottom of the white 'dresser' to hide my cookbooks and other things.
Any idea's on that?

I have more dishes than we need but the set on the white 'dresser' was given to us by our former neighbors from when we lived in the city.
It's Haviland china.

I love my Blue Willow

I LOVE the 'cottage' look with all the white and lots of 'things' around but this is a farm cottage and we do live on a dirt road surrounded by crops of corn, wheat etc so having to dust all those 'things' may get old pretty quick. However...I'm willing to give it a try to get the look I want. (Looks like I'm a sucker for punishment in here!)

I'm thinking of painting this huge 'dresser' but I haven't got my nerve up yet. I really like the color but I don't like the backer board so even if I chicken out on painting the whole thing I'd like to at least replace that with REAL beadboard.

So....I'm throwing it out there and would LOVE to hear your ideas for this room.
Don't be shy...go ahead and say what you think and give me your ideas.
I'm looking forward to hearing from you!

Have a wonderful Tuesday.


Julie said...

If it was me I would paint it but then I like to paint everything! But from the looks of the top picture it looks really nice with you table and chairs!

Pondside said...

Well, all I can say is that it looks perfect to me. I can't think of a thing I'd change. If you're itching to do something with the back of the natural wood dresser, how about just painting the back? Kim over at Savvy Southern Style blogged about painting the back of hers a lovely green - have fun!

from my front porch... said...

WAAAA! I lost my original comment!

I love the dresser in it's original form. All the vintage (and not vintage) furniture in our LR, I left original. Because of the dust thing!! We love our windows open. After living in south Florida for years, where we ran our air for 10 months every year, I sooo appreciate
having the windows open!
Maura, whatever you do will look amazing! And remember-you can alway change it back. May take a lot of elbow grease, but it can be done!
wonderful day to you! xo, misha

Manuela@TPOH said...

You've put a lot of work into these rooms and it shows! They are so cottage pretty! I love the old wood stove! I've been looking at different ones online for years now!

As to the hutch - why don't you paint the back of it and see how you like it. I paint or wallpaper the backs of all my cabinets and I find that it makes my china etc standout more. As to the skirt, I made one for a smaller piece and I just got a small cafe rod and installed it on the outside but a tension rod on the inside would work just as well.


Beatnheart said...

unless the wood is real ugly and or cheap looking i would keep the wood. I know everyone paints everything white these days but sometimes that looks cookie cutter cause now everyone does it. Paint just the back and or put some paint in those recesses and then wipe it away . the paint will remain in the recesses, sometimes this looks pretty cool. A skirt could be made with a rod that doesn’t need screws or hooks...it just uses tension to hold it up ( a spring on the inside)..we get tons of dust here. it just looks like I’m a bad housekeeper (hmmm) but I would be dusting full-time to keep up.

from my front porch... said...

Please stop by! :)
xo, misha

Catherine said...

yes, i agree with the second lady why not just paint the back? i LOVE your stove!!! hugs catherine

A Brit in Tennessee said...

What a beautiful cottage you have !
I love the soft yellow color on the wall, so refreshing and summer-looking.
Adding a skirt around the white dresser would be perfect, there are so many nice fabrics and patterns these days, especially at Target which is featuring the Liberty of London collections.
You've done a wonderful job with your remodeling....

Country Dreaming said...

I popped over from Misha's blog.
Congratulations on the Titanic giveaway.
I'm from Kansas too. Eastern side of the state.
Close to KC.


Twyla and Lindsey said...

Maura, your dining room is so lovely! Usually I am not a fan of painting over pretty wood. I trust your instincts. Everything you've done is beautiful! Have a nice week! Twyla

Joelle said...

I have to say I like the hutch as it is wood. It's really pretty and looks like it matches your beautiful floors. Your house looks so cosy and welcoming. I am with you on the dusting, it gets old real fast. I think anyone who opens there windows is bound to have dust. But I'm not one of those people who can leave my windows shut.


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