Even though our dining room has a long way to go, I think it's still one of the biggest transformations so far already, but that's simply because it was so overbearing to begin with. Here's what we saw on our first walk through...
Red on red on red on red on... you get the idea. We actually thought at first "oh, we'll just live with the dining room like that for a little while even though it is bad" but the first day we owned the house we were looking around and noticed some spots already peeling. Well, one thing led to another and it was completely stripped. Then we thought we'd just paint that whole room and be done with it. But of course, there were some things hiding in the wall we didn't expect, so without further ado, here's the not-so-pretty stuff that you see when you zoom out of that first photo...
Yep, those are live wires on either side of the flag that had been stuffed into the walls and covered up for who knows how many years. So we decided we'll just take things slow so that Frank can work on rewiring things without having to worry about messing up new paint. I am still really glad we stripped the walls. I am so much happer living with the bare plaster then with that wallpaper. We found an old flag in the shed and I just loved it, so I decided it's fun decoration for this in-between time since it was free and just required some tacks to keep it up. You work with what you got, right?
Oh! We also moved those french doors over to the small sunroom (directly across from the dining room). There were definitely a pair of the same doors over there originally and it just worked a lot better for us to have them there. We're still really hoping to find a matching pair so both rooms can have them.
Please also take note of the sweet job someone did on the trim. Apparently they thought that since there was a door there they could just completely skip painting it. Can't wait until it's all repainted:)
I'm a big list-maker so I thought I'd share our long-term plans of things to do to the room, and some things I've been dreaming lately...
-Finish new dining table (frank's been working on it this week!:)
-Paint walls a soft, light gray
-Paint trim + radiator
-Replace light fixture
-Find matching salvage french doors
I spotted this cocktail shaker in Target the other day and had to force myself to put it back! We don't really drink much, but it could totally be used to whip up some shaken iced teas, right? // I love slate and could totally see leaving this slate cheese board right on the table all the time just for serving // This little counter is supposed to be for a kitchen, but I think it'd make a beautiful bar/coffee cart // I can't wait to replace the light we have in our dining room - I'd love a big pendant like this! // How I don't already have a cake stand, I'm not sure, but I am so in love with milk glass and am dreaming of finding a gorgeous one like thisin a thrift store someday