Probably some of the fancier wood paneling I’ve ever seen but still too dark for my taste. I’ve spent about 40 hours over the past few weekends/weekdays since my winter vacation started priming, doing the first and second coat of trim and painting the walls. Yet again another room that is transforming from night to day.
Since I had to take down the light to paint the ceiling I replaced the crystal chandelier with an antique brass 6 light chandelier ($209) which hangs 24″ lower than the previous making a statement. I chose this light to complement the age of the house and to balance the massive century old mirror that will hang on the wall. The mirror is 53″ x 64″ – weighing in around 120lbs. This mirror will make its presence known and I do not want to compete with it.
I spent a good amount of time looking for a dining room table and chairs that will complement the feel of the newly painted room. I love the table ($300) I purchased from a friend of mine it matches the wood tones in the mirror. The chairs I purchased are clear acrylic (x4 = $417) aka ghost chairs. They are very comfy, hold up to 250lbs and make the space feel more airy. They aren’t trying to compete with anything – they just seem to disappear.
My first week off was very busy. Besides renovating I’d been baking for Christmas, wrapping gifts and doing a lot of cooking. In between all of that I finished painting the dining room, hung the roman blind, curtain rod and curtains and placed the new chairs around the table.
Originally the curtain rod and curtains were going to be for the landing upstairs however, I decided that I wanted to add them to the main floor instead. The curtains were way to long for upstairs and so I put them up. And it looks great! Although they need a bit of a steam to loosen the wrinkles for now they are providing the added privacy that was missing. And since I love the rods so much I’ve ordered more to use throughout the house.
A smaller project was painting out the intake grate on the wall that is super ugly and bulky. Now it seems to disappear a bit in to the wall.. just a bit.
One of the weirdest things in this house is that there are outlets in the floors (rather than in the walls). Obviously this is not to code and soon enough they will have to change. The dining room has an outlet box in the floor that has been disconnected but was never covered up. I ordered a plain gold device cover to hide the hole and it will match the gold vent covers through-out the house.
The final project in the dining room was to hang the massive mirror. I’ve installed a support rail for it to rest on and will install plugs for the screws to hold the extra weight. What a statement this incredible mirror makes. I couldn’t be happier with the outcome.
Here are the numbers for the dining room renovation:
Paint/spray paint $120
Curtain rod/Roman Blind/Curtains $150
Bamboo Plant FREE
Quarter Round $116
Grand Total: $1318
Although this is a bit more than I had planned on spending I couldn’t be happier with the final look of the dining room. It is simple and elegant but makes a big statement of how the rest of the house will end up.
I hope you’ve enjoyed following the dining room renovation. On to the next project… Adding quarter round (shoe kick) to the living, dining room and the landing.
UPDATE FEBRUARY 15, 2020