A couple of weeks ago I revealed that I was turning my dining room into my sitting room. My living room will become my new dining room. After I made the decision to move forward with a dining room makeover – to a sitting room – I came across an inspiration photo on Houzz. I decided my sitting room needs a little more work to look the way I want. Here’s my inspiration photo:
I love the wood and white and neutral tones. It looks elegant yet rustic at the same time. You may remember having seen it when I featured this home, the Randolph Cottage, in my Charming Home Series.
Although my dining room is large enough for my table, a dry sink, a corner hutch, and a buffet – it feels cramped when all my children and their families are gathered ’round the table for holidays. We need a little more elbow room and the living room will give us that breathing space.
I thought it would be fun to share photos of my dining room from over the years. We can fit 10 people around the table. Drop leaves on the sides of the table can be propped up.
In this picture of pink and white in the dining room, you can see my hutch has been moved to this corner. I keep moving it back and forth from one corner to the other just to change things up. This is the view from my living room.
Here’s the hutch in the other corner right around Thanksgiving.
Below is my summer dining room as seen from the kitchen. If you look closely, you can see the floors are a little chipped up. They’re painted. When I moved here one of the first things I did was rip up all the rose-colored carpeting from the 1980s. They were painted white underneath, which was pretty, but not practical with three young children.
I didn’t have the ambition to strip them and refinish them, especially since they’re pine, which is a softer wood. Paint helps protect the wood, and I chose chocolate brown to look like stained wood.
And here’s my dining room this past Christmas. I bought chair covers for the two end chairs. I’ve since bought new end chairs which I plan to reveal during my Spring Home Tour on March 15th.
So like I said, a couple weeks ago I shared that my dining room makeover resulted in a new sitting room. I enjoyed reading your comments about additional ways to decorate the “new” room. It got me to thinking and one thing led to another … and the next thing I knew I had moved all the furniture out to sand and re-paint the floors, along with the walls and trim.
Hubby did all the sanding, and I did all the painting. That’s our deal as we work from room to room (we’re painting every room in the house). You can see some of the other colors the floors have been over the years after hubby’s hard work of sanding. Sanding is key when it comes to painting floors. It gives a little grit for the paint to cling to. I used Benjamin Moore’s porch and floor paint – I finish half the room – let it dry for a few days and then paint the other half. I don’t add polyurethane over the paint. I did that once and it kept peeling up and looked horrible.
If you ever decide to paint floors, I have found the best thing you can do is let them cure for several days before even stepping on them. If you use latex paint, you can step on them in about three to four days. If you use oil paint, you need to wait about two weeks. The paint is dry to the touch, but it’s still soft.
The first thing to get painted was the ceiling. It has embossed wallpaper to look like a tin ceiling, and as you can see, it has yellowed over the years. Normally you wouldn’t paint over wallpaper, but this embossed paper is specially made to be painted. I used White Dove by Benjamin Moore in a flat finish.
Here’s what my dining room makeover to the sitting room looked like a couple weeks ago – before all the painting began. The walls in this picture are Steamed White. I changed them to a creamier white – White Dove by Benjamin Moore. The trim has been changed to Pure White, and the floors are now Java. I’m still working on other parts of the room before I do the big reveal during my spring tour on March 15th.
I can’t wait to share this new room with you. And I’m so grateful for all of your suggestions! I did decide to put a rug underfoot instead of keeping the bamboo script mat in here. The dining hutch and the dry sink are going away, too. I think I’m going to sell them – or else put them in storage until I figure out what to do with them.
How about you? Do you have any rooms you’re currently working on?