Here is where we were back in February:
|This is the beautiful built in china cabinet. It sort of just blends in |
with the background instead of standing out though....sad!
And you can also see that there was a swinging door between this room and the kitchen.
|This is the view from the kitchen. This wall had NO IDEA what it had coming!!|
And say "hi" to my father-in-law. He got caught in my photo shoot frenzy!
|And finally, this is the view from the doorway of the room.|
It actually wasn't a bad space to work with. We just added some fresh paint to the walls and trim and polished up the satin nickel chandelier. But before long, we started itching to take down that wall. Two weeks after we moved in we started demo-ing the place. First, we ripped it down to the studs....
To be honest, the dining room stayed in this state for quite some time. We really didn't want to do anything else until we finished the kitchen and the dust settled (literally). So when that day finally came, I was ITCHING to cozy up the place. I started with a dining room table. We never had one in our condo for lack of space, so I shopped around to find the perfect one that we could grow into. I ended up choosing "the one" from an unfinished wood place, Mill Stores (in NH and MA...maybe elsewhere as well) and had them stain it Red Mahogany (similar to the floors). For some reason I don't see my table on their website any more, but they still have a lot of great options to choose from. I also thought about doing the staining myself, but the table I chose has so many nooks and crannies as well as an attached leaf that hides down in the middle...AKA lots of opportunity for me to screw it up. So, I let them take care of it. It's definitely not the same as the Sumner table or the Harvest table from Pottery Barn that I have been eyeing for years.....but it was the perfect choice for our needs and our budget. With the staining and all 6 chairs, I think it came out to $1000 (give or take a few dollars). The extension tables usually start at $1000 at Pottery Barn and then you have to add the chairs on from there at $150-$300 each. In the end, I'm REALLY happy with it!
Here she is:
|Sorry I don't have a closer shot of the wood. But you get the idea!|
And at the time, the only rug I had was a blue floral one from Target. I actually really love it, but it was WAY too small for this dining room set. You would move your chair out an inch and be off the rug. Not ideal! So, next step was RUG SHOPPING!! And to be honest, it was my LEAST favorite part of this process. I quickly found out that 1) 8x10's are INSANELY expensive and 2) most places don't carry all of their rugs in store, so you have to guess at the colors online! I was completely overwhelmed...but there were a few things that helped to narrow it down. First of all, the oriental rug style that I do like (i.e., oushak) are upwards of $2,000-$3,000 or more. Not in the cards, my friends. And on top of that, it is almost impossible to find one with a blue/purple/gray color in it to complement the wall color. I could find you 5 million ones with red or green in them, but the color I want......they don't even MAKE IT! My color palette was very warm in our old place, so I was really drawn to the beautiful red and black and cream and taupe rugs...but it just wouldn't work in this house, and definitely not this space So...back to square one.
The next thing I discovered was that I was drawn to the natural textures and colors of jute and seagrass. Normally, I would shy away from mixing warm and cool colors, but since the table and the floor are both warm red/browns, I thought I could take a risk with a jute rug and see how it played with the cooler wall tones. What do you think??