Over the weekend I shared a little bit about our dining room project and thought it would be fun to share some before and after photos. We started by tearing out the ceiling and then worked our way down to the floors. We replaced the ceiling, painted the walls and added the simple, custom wainscoting and swapped out the light fixture. Below are some before photos of the dining room just to give you an idea of what we started with.
The above photo is the wall between the dining room and living room. The ceiling was old, fiber ceiling tiles and was badly stained and some were beginning to unlock. It was also clear that the owner before us attempted to hide the issues instead of fixing them properly.
The best part of the room before we began our renovation was this exposed brick wall separating the dining room and kitchen. This was the exterior wall originally before the kitchen was added on. I white washed the brick a few years ago but the house wasn’t built for this to be exposed and the brick dust was a constant problem.
The Dining Room Design Inspiration
The room isn’t huge. It’s roughly 15′ x 16′. One of the two windows opens onto the side porch which blocks a lot of light. The other window looks onto the hotel which towers over our building. The room is pretty dark so I decided that instead of fighting the lack of natural light, I’d play it up by doing something more dramatic.
After years of trying to figure out our design style, we have it down to “modern coastal farmhouse” and I think this space is exactly that. The white trim and wainscoting look so crisp against the moody, blue-gray walls. It’s beautiful even without the flooring.
The Finishing Touches in the Dining Room
When the floors are done we’ll be down to furniture and decorating. I think that is what will pull the room together. I’ll be sharing some of those details in the coming days.