Thursday, December 19, 2013

The Dining room

Dining room before and afters..
Ahh yeeesssss! This is bringing back so many memories! The lovely sanded suede walls that were so course you could ex foliate your skin with the wall.  And the baseboards on the ceiling!?!  I don't get it.  Why go through the effort?  Back in the 70's this room was what they call a conversation pit.  Roomer has it the floor dropped down 18 inches in this room and in the master (with of course stairs leading down to the pit :)).  Notice there are no ceiling lights.  I wonder if this room ever had lights.  The electrician found all sorts of wiring craziness in the attic.  Perhaps we will never know.   The owners before us filled the two rooms with concrete to make the floors all the same level through out the house.
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Here is a better view of the original window.

 This is the same spot after all the brick wall was cut out to make room for the double French doors.
The picture below was taken standing in the old master bedroom that is now the front room.  If you look at the floor and the celling you can see where we demoed part of the master bedroom wall to open up the space. Directly to the right is the old master bath.  In this picture we were still in the process of taking that out.


 Here is the After ...

 And here is Ben taking out the only brick wall we DIY'd.  It was ridiculous!  We did not have the proper tools to take out that wall.  It took him most of the day!  What a pain!  We called in the professionals for the rest of the block that was removed! That section plus maybe 6 inches is now the walk through to the family room.  Moving that wall in made the dinning room 3 feet narrower but on the up side the kitchen is 3 feet wider!  :)




 

Friends, family, future friends, acquaintances, readers, I know you are out there! I need your help. Now that you have seen the entire room what do you think about the chandler?  I need some direction!  It is cute and it is what we had but is does not say farm house to me.  I don't think super modern would fit this space either.  Have you seen the perfect chandler for this space? Don't be shy. Ideas? anything?  Let me know. 
Chalk art done by yours truly:) It's pretty bad!  I am left handed.  Me and chalk have never gotten along.  I need to hire a professional.  Is there such thing as a chalk art professional?   

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a safe and Merry Christmas!
All my love,
Melanie

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    1. Ok, so now I'm supposed to remember what I wrote before I accidentally deleted it?? Ugh. Ok, here we go.... Basically you're fantastic, and your house looks amazing!! About the chandelier...what if you just de-crystalize it? Since we have similar taste, check out the chandelier that I'm thinking of using over my table....

      http://www.ballarddesigns.com/laurenza-8-light-chandelier/lighting/category/ceiling-lighting/chandeliers/209468

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    2. Thank you Dorie! Decrystalize the chandilear, great idea!! And I LOVE that chandelier at Ballards!

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  2. I love your home! The progress is AMAZING! I have been reading since Jill posted your "intro". I enjoy seeing the before and afters... it makes me want to find a fixer-upper to work on someday...maybe :)

    Dorie's idea to decrystalize is smart. But I also really like the one from Ballards!

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  3. Thank you! And thanks for your comment! It has been a lot of work but a fun journey! It is so good to hear some input on that Chandelier. I have been perplexed by it for Months!

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  4. I like the chandelier, but what do you think of these?
    http://www.ballarddesigns.com/bd/260681?mr:trackingCode=796D4755-71B3-E211-ACC7-001B2163195C&mr:referralID=NA&SourceCode=BDGOO57&cm_mmc=remarketing-_-criteo-_-general-_-activeminus
    http://www.pinterest.com/pin/61291244902474812/
    http://www.pinterest.com/pin/61291244902474821/

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    1. Those are beautiful! In especially love the first one for my space! Thank you for the suggestions!

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  5. I think you could get by just be taking off the shades off. They look too frilly. I'm lefthanded as well, so I can totally relate to the chalkboard thing. I finally bought a cheap tracer/projector and now people are amazed at my 'art'! :) Your house is looking fantastic.

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    1. Thank you! I took the shades off and it is a perfect solution till I get around to getting a new Chandelier. A projector is a great idea for the chalk art!

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