Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Vanessa's Home Renovation: Sitting/Dining Room Continued




I'm sure you're all thinking that either we ran out of money or we ran out of steam on our house renovations and I just haven't had any updates to share. Well...we HAVEN'T! Actually we've been getting things done at lightning speed, but between renovating, furniture being moved in and out every weekend (for the wedding rentals biz), throwing the summer markets, and trying to get cleaned up and organized, I have had no time to get pictures of the updates and share them. It's taken me days just to get the house clean enough for some photos. Things are still crazy because I still have unpacked boxes and places in the house where we just throw things that don't have a place yet. So I'm focusing now on that. 




Seriously...there have been some very stressful days and late nights of working on sections of this house to get done for "deadlines" like hosting a shower or having guests stay with us. At the time we wanted to just say "who cares if this room isn't done?" (Well actually we did say that), but I knew if we didn't meet that deadline then we were sure to not meet the final one....the baby's due date. So with a ton of help from family, we have come soooo far and are so close to finishing this house!





This room is one of my favorites...along with my favorite wall in the house. So much sunlight streams in and I don't want to put curtains up or anything on the walls because it's just so cheerful the way it is! (Please excuse my lack of decorating...we haven't gotten that far yet).

I had the most perfect crystal and glass chandelier hanging in the dining room. It completed the room!! But we rented it out for a wedding and it never came home :-(. So I'm on the look out again.






MY FAVORITE WALL - For a few years now I've been storing a large piece of wainscoting I found at a yard sale. This is the real thing...not just trim on the wall. There wasn't a place where it fit perfectly in the house, so no matter where we put it we would have to come up with some way to finish it. Well I knew I wanted it on the wall in the dining room. It is where it was meant to be! But it took us days and weeks of discussing different ways to finish it. We would decide on one way and then run into a snag. Finally, my husband decided to just add 2 more panels to extend it to the end of the wall...which meant using trim that doesn't exactly match the trim on the original piece, but we didn't care at that point.

Here's the before shot: 



After it was up, finished and painted, no one could tell that it wasn't all one piece of wainscoting. Phew! My husband did an amazing job on it! Oh and for the small shelf at the top we added trim to the edge of a board, and for the little "brackets" we cut a piece of trim into those little inch-and-a-half sections.



So there you have it. I've got 6 more rooms and a hallway to show you...so stay tuned!  
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16 comments:

  1. Very nice, Vanessa! I have a piece of wainscoting that I'm saving for....somewhere....myself. It looks great!

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    1. I'm sure you'll find the perfect spot for it someday. I'm sure glad I held onto mine. I probably had it for a couple years.

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  3. Amazing! You did such a great job! I have to say I'm envious of the cake stand collection :)

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    1. I used wedding rentals as an excuse to buy a ton of cake stands ;-)

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  4. Very nice.Great source of renovation ideas.It looks really so great.

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  5. I have never thought of getting different colours dining chairs to make the design more interesting. I have a white, red and grey kitchen which will definitely look better if I do something with changing the black dining chairs. Thanks for the great idea. Your blog is wonderful! :)
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    Estelle

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  6. I have never thought of getting different colours dining chairs to make the design more interesting. I have a white, red and grey kitchen which will definitely look better if I do something with changing the black dining chairs. Thanks for the great idea. Your blog is wonderful! :)
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    Estelle

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  8. Amazing room! looks as delicious as Versailles!!!

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  9. This is a great article I love the decorating you did. My wife and I love a white traditional style decoration plan. I also really like the hardwood floors you put in. I think flooring like this can really make the room a lot more cozy. We just had our house re-done and we had to get everything fixed. All the kitchen appliances needed replacing and so did the hot water heater. I really think water heaters are great because they make sure all the water in the house is at the right temperature when you need it. They are also important during the winter months.

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