One Room Challenge Fall 2016

As I was starting to dream about blogging a bit more, I came across the One Room Challenge which, to my delight, has one of my favorite mags, House Beautiful, as a media partner.  I chose our dining room and threw my hat in the ring as a guest participant. Aaaaaaaaand, I did not finish in the allotted six weeks. Sigh. For so many reasons we will cumulatively call life, I could not get the room pulled together in time for the final reveal. However… the Spring transformations are set to begin April 5th and I am bringing my “A” game!

Below is my dining room transformation:

The dark “Before”, with too much furniture, an inherited light fixture and a pony wall between the dining room and the kitchen:

Dining Room Before
Before: Looking out to dining room from kitchen
"before" bar area
Before: Bar area hidden in an antique cupboard due to crawling toddlers
After: Bar Cart from Target
After: Bar Cart from Target

 

Before: Arches felt like tunnels (please forgive pic quality)
Before: Arches felt like tunnels (please forgive poor pic quality)
During: Arch removal
During: Arch removal
During: Arch removal to widen doorways
During: Arch removal to widen doorways
After: arches looking from dining room through foyer into living room
After: no more arches-looking from dining room through foyer into living room

 

During: Removing pony wall to kitchen
During: Removing pony wall to kitchen
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During: Adding the archway millwork
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During: Custom millwork based on our design

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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During: Archway millwork before paint
After: same perspective as "before shot"
After: same perspective as “before shot” with painted millwork, trim and walls

 

Before: Ikea dish cabinet prior to paint and wallpaper backer
Before: Ikea dish cabinet prior to paint and wallpaper backer
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After: Cabinet with several coats of Hale Navy and a York Trellis Wallpaper backer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After: New bold rug and it curtains
After: New bold rug and ikat curtains

You can read about each step, along with sources, in my earlier posts here, here and here.