UncategorizedOur Dining Room – Before & After January 20, 2014I’m so excited that I’ve gotten to the point in Our Renovation Story to start sharing a little Before & After. I’ve learned that something is never really finished with me, but the rooms and areas I’m going to show this week have made a lot of progress and are finished…for now. Up today is our dining room. If you remember from our floor plans, we turned the old tiny, corner kitchen into the dining area. The Before view of the back of the house looked like this. Obviously, we ripped out the kitchen. I’ve had people see the kitchen before pictures and say that they really hoped we kept the new cabinets. It definitely looks better in photos. In person, the cabinets were really cheap, but they were also in really, really poor condition. You’ll also notice that the door you see in the before photo is now walled over. Now, it looks like this: The kitchen area looked like this: Now, it looks like this: As far as the renovations go in this area, it was much easier than some. We gutted everything out, smoothed sheetrock, put up new sheetrock where we needed it, and thankfully, there was original wood underneath the linoleum kitchen floor. So, it got re-finished with everything else. A little trim and some Benjamin Moore White Dove paint and we had a dining room. Our table is a little tight back in this nook, but I really wanted to keep using this one. Chris made me this table for our first Christmas. Plus, I really like having a table big enough to seat 6 or 8. I wanted an eclectic look in here with a mix of chairs. I love the farmhouse dining table, but wanted to make sure I mixed up colors and styles with the chairs. I was looking for contrast. The black deacon’s bench came from an Antique store that I got for $90. The white chairs are Tabouret Chairs from Overstock. And the mid-century end chair is a $15 thrift store find. I still love my DIY Buffalo Art back-mounted onto acrylic. And you can read about how we created that chandelier here. The mid-century hutch came was $69 at a thrift store. The broken antlers are one of my favorite things I own, just because of the story behind them. Read that story here. As I post them this week, I’ll finally be updating my Home Tour tab with Befores and Afters of finished rooms. Right now, you can see our holiday home for Christmas and fall, but the every day shots will be coming this week!