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« on: September 23, 2009 01:12:35 PM »

The short version of this is that we moved into our first house at the end of May. It's a 1940s farmhouse/character house which is right up our alley style-wise.

Because of the era, it is not an open floor plan, the rooms are all separated by walls with single doors in them. Though we've debated opening up the wall between the living room and the dining room, for now it has to stay the way it is. Because of that, the dining room had never really gotten set up properly (I didn't have a hutch or cabinet for all my dining room goodies) and it had turned into the crap catch-all room. There were unpacked boxes, bags of toilet paper, stacks of towels. You couldn't even see the dining room.

So, I caved - $600 at Ikea for a big hutch and a hanging chandelier. Everything else was already in my house. I like to do projects on the cheap, but I really couldn't tackle this room without having somewhere to put the china, crystal etc. that my family and inlaws have been slowly handing down to me, lol...

So, here's a before (and actually, this is a tidy before picture) and two after pictures. Curtains on the window changed, everything tidied, table actually usable.

Behind that light brown curtain in the third picture is a closet which had no door on it (I actually reorganized it too, and turned into somethign that is actually useful!) We do have more chairs, they are just in use in the kitchen, so we have to get more chairs for the kitchen and move those ones back in to the dining room to go with the matching table.

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« Reply #1 on: September 23, 2009 01:53:39 PM »

That is pretty. Nice work.
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« Reply #2 on: September 23, 2009 02:44:35 PM »

That is gorgeous!  Wink

My parents have that same table, lol.  If it is as easily scratched as theirs is and you're going to have to keep refinishing it, doing the top in a darker brown stain would be lovely. Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: September 23, 2009 03:41:18 PM »

ooo lala. well done!
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« Reply #4 on: September 23, 2009 08:54:52 PM »

Wow!  That is some transformation.  Very nice.
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« Reply #5 on: September 24, 2009 10:03:17 PM »

Thanks all! I wasn't sure if I should even post it, as there wasn't any major overhaul in terms of paint, re-flooring, etc. ... just a couple new pieces and some rearranging and changing curtains, etc.

Someday we're going to sand and re-finish the hardwood flooring (which is currently painted like a tan/green colour...

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« Reply #6 on: September 24, 2009 10:55:32 PM »

Cute! I have that table too. My MIL gave it to me and my husband.
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« Reply #7 on: October 03, 2009 01:34:01 PM »

Thanks all! I wasn't sure if I should even post it, as there wasn't any major overhaul in terms of paint, re-flooring, etc. ... just a couple new pieces and some rearranging and changing curtains, etc.

Someday we're going to sand and re-finish the hardwood flooring (which is currently painted like a tan/green colour...

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Just looking at before and after pictures of people clearing out a lot of mess are fun. And you have a very, very, very pretty room now! You really used waht you already had and turned it in to a cohesive lovely room. YEAH  Cheesy
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« Reply #8 on: October 08, 2009 02:22:22 PM »

What a gorgeous room! I love the colours!
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« Reply #9 on: October 08, 2009 04:25:11 PM »

That's a great looking dining room. Smiley  Very light and clean and tidy.  And yes, I too have that table. Smiley
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