Casual Dining Room Makeover Plans and Your Advice Please!
We’re jumping into an 8-week makeover of our Casual Dining Room. Today I’m reviewing our plans, mood board and hoping you’ll help.
I’m soooo glad you’re here!
I was counting on you showing up and hoping you’d share your insight with me.
Sometimes it takes a village, right? And you’re my village!
Are you familiar with the One Room Challenge (ORC)?
It’s eight weeks to start and finish one room!
It’s 8 weeks of demo, remodeling, renovating, learning-as-you-go, searching Google and YouTube in the wee hours, pivoting when things don’t go as planned, happy dancing when they do, and sharing all the successes and the not so great moments very publicly.
Hopefully this all happens with plenty of laughter and minimal swearing.
For us, I’m praying that we end up with a new dining space that:
- Looks intentional and fits our home
- Is welcoming, inviting and comfortable
- Brings needed function and storage
- Increases our seating capacity while
- Improving our traffic flow
- and is worthy of the memories we’ll make gathered around that table
Phew! That’s a lot to ask! But we have a plan.
Now to This Year’s One Room Challenge Project–
Our Casual Dining Area
We hired a contractor to do some major renovations (kitchen, bathrooms and adding a garage) before we moved in.
They demo’d the kitchen and everything moved except the sink drain. The relocation of everything gave us better function and style in the kitchen, and also gave us space for a casual dining area. This space bridges the kitchen, family room and patio courtyard.
There was only 6 feet of wall space between the doors. Plus,
- why would you put the pantry door outside the kitchen?
- Who would ever want the powder room right next to the dinner table?
- If the Powder Room door HAD to be there, why would you want to show off the toilet over a pretty sink and vanity?
All I can say is some crazy decisions were made 60 years ago!
The family room is behind the camera, above. The kitchen is tucked behind that big honking bookshelf and double oven cabinet on the right. Across from that is a wall of sliding doors opening to the brick patio courtyard (the same brick you see on the floor inside).
But now, with a couple of move-arounds, we have more natural light, a tucked away bathroom, a pantry IN the kitchen and . . . . drumroll, please . . . .
14 feet of continuous wall!!!
That 14 feet is truly game-changing!
I am sooo ready to put it to work for us. And make it beautiful too!
Casual Dining Area Today
Substantially brighter, right?
And I LOVE having the kitchen opened up. and no heavy upper cabinets. It has certainly been liveable, but now we want to make it special!
From the Family Room end you see what I mean when I say this space feels more like a wide hallway than a dining room.
And This Is Where You Come In —
The only elements that are non negotiable is the brick floor and the Pear painting.
I need your input on a rug!
Yes, I know a rug is seriously less money and seriously easier to install than all the rest of the room.
But we know that an area rug and light fixtures can dramatically alter the very feeling of a room. They’re important pieces. Just adding the open light fixture over the table made a huge difference. And I may change that one out for a shorter fixture to not obstruct my pears.
Why Start With the Rug?
I always encourage my clients, friends, my followers, YOU, to pick your textile based elements first. Or an impact, inspiration piece that has the most restrictive selection. Here, it’s my pear painting.
Wall paint can be mixed in literally endless colors and shades, hues and levels of saturation. That is NOT true for couches, drapery, rugs, tile, wallpaper and paintings.
When pulling together a room, start with a basic concept of color. Pastel? Earthy? Moody? Cool Neutral or Warm Neutral? Maybe go as specific as an earthy green or a soft blue — just don’t pick the actual paint yet!!!
Having a general idea helps to narrow overwhelming choices. And that’s good.
Now you can fall head over heals for a special piece as your starting point without having to worry about whether it goes with your paint selection.
I’m in love with our pears. We. commissioned that piece last year and it still warms my heart and makes me smile every single day!
So now I need to find a rug that will compliment and happily play second fiddle to the star of my room.
The peninsula will be repainted with all the built-ins in whatever shade of probably a muted blue-grey that will work. with the painting and rug.
I am thrilled to be working with Boutique Rugs on this room!
And it would thrill me even more if you’d help me too!
Please share your thoughts on which way I should go. Fortunately, whichever rug we end up choosing will ship almost immediately. I’ll have it in less than a week, and then we can get to work picking paint colors.
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The Rest of the Plan
We’re building in an upholstered banquette to gain a few precious inches of floor space, plus more seating.
We’re replacing the table that was perfect for our old house, but doesn’t really work here. It will be slightly narrower than this one and grows from 5-feet t0 8 1/2-feet!!!!
The outside chairs will be replaced by a comfy bench that will tuck underneath out of the way most of the time.
The vertical shiplap on our kitchen peninsula will be repeated as the backing of our plate and mug rack on the kitchen side and the dry bar on the family room side.
Are you intrigued? if you’re not a subscriber, please do so and cheer me on through these next 8 weeks.
Be sure to follow along on this ORC adventure. I may be coming back for more input — especially when we get to paint color. Oh and the table makeover! Oh and the bench —
YIKES! I better get to work.
Wondering more about this unusual house?
A Little Backstory:
We bought our quirky, but seriously endearing home five years ago.
At the time, it was very, very dark and the previous owner took it in the Santa Fe direction.
That’s just not our style, and I didn’t think it was the house’s either.
Afterall, we live on a lake in a hilly section of Missouri with lots of trees and green around. Is that Santa Fe?
We have been stripping the house of all the terra cotta and deep turquoise that was everywhere. and bringing the house to a bit more modern Mediterranean style. You can read all about the lakeside makeover here. And our first ORC here.
How About the Dining Room? How’d it Turn Out?
Fabulous, Thank you!!!
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