I typically don’t like to have more than one project going on at once because… work, toddler, etc., but the Family Room progress is moving slowly and our dining room has to be addressed. I’m ashamed to share that this was our dining room/kitchen for so long, but I’ll try to summarize in the form of a timeline for context…
- 2017: bought our home, immediately decided to knock down the wall between the kitchen and dining room a la “open concept” trend. No plans, just rage demo. Decided to leave the area as-is until we did a kitchen renovation. We were told that the wood floors in the kitchen and dining room were different, so it would have to be completely refinished, would cost more, etc., so we decided to wait to refinish
- 2021: We built a cased opening between dining room and living room to separate the spaces/break up the 24ft long wall
- 2021 pt 2: I painted what was left of the dining room green, because we decided we were going to mirror the cased opening in the kitchen and I was honestly bored/wanted to paint LOL. AFTER we installed half the crown and I painted, we once again decided to wait for a kitchen renovation and to hold off on the cased opening. Absolutely chaotic, I’m aware.
cropped out the chaos
- 2022: Right before Angelo was born, I had our contractor just patch the wall between the kitchen and dining, and we had plans to start the kitchen reno in 2023
- 2023: Decided not to move forward with a kitchen renovation. More about why we made that decision in this post. Since we’re not moving forward with a kitchen, it’s time to FINALLY address the dining room
In summary, we knocked down the wall between the kitchen and dining, and now we’re building it back again
We wanted to add a peninsula situation between the kitchen and dining, but since that’s not happening, we’re just going to mirror the cased opening that Angelo and I built in 2021 between the kitchen and dining room. So the dining room will officially be it’s own separate room.
And in terms of our gray and white kitchen a la 2017, I’m going to paint the gray walls the same color as the cabinets, Chanitlly Lace, and I’m hoping that an all-white room will help make it less of an eyesore.
Since the dining room will be its own room, albeit a small one, I definitely want to install wallpaper to make the most impact. My White Whale Louis XVI chairs that I found last year will be the jumping off point.
Since I’ve been on a blue/green trend in almost every room thus far, I’m thinking of a predominantly pink + green scheme in here.
These are not final or anything, but here are just some rough ideas that I’ve been playing around with for the concepts. The space is about 11’x10′ so I’m also trying to figure out how to maximize the space in terms of seating and storage. I have some ideas but need to evolve them a bit more!
I’ll share an official kickoff post with more details soon, as my goal is to have this room done this year. The biggest tasks will be building the cased opening, installing molding and installing wallpaper. And then of course…hunting for goodies 😉
Have a great weekend!