The dining room in this antique craftsman is now gorgeous!
This is the dining room that belongs to the young couple of the home which I’ve already shown you the Master Bedroom, the Anthropologie Styled Bathroom, the Creatively Numbered Stairway, with the Amazing Closet Transformation, the Amazing DIY Wall Pot Rack, the Living Room Fireplace, with Horse Inspired Details, and now here is the before and after of this now gorgeous dining room.
The dining room has through the decades retained basically all its original detail.
However, in the before picture you can see that the walls and part of the ceiling, within the past 20 years, were treated with a faux marble treatment… in a dark reddish brown color… not exactly complimentary to the dark oak woodwork. It really made the room dark, even with this whole bank of south facing windows.
And the light fixture in the before was not original to the room either, it was replaced in the past 20 years or so, with no clue to what the original light was.
But with some elbow grease cleaning the woodwork and re-oiling it. And a lot of paint this is their dining room now! All the paint came from Hirshfield’s; it’s a Minneapolis/St. Pul local franchise.
(That cute Arlington sign came from Pottery Barn, and the name is significant to where they lived when they were first married)
The new chandelier is now so much more fitting for the style of the home, but still has a little bit of a contemporary feel, bringing this room up to today.
The draperies were purchased at Home Depot, they were originally too long, so I helped cut and hem them up to the appropriate length, and then with the leftovers, we made tie backs for them.
It’s a little bit hard to tell in this picture, but the ceiling is actually blue, it’s a shade lighter blue than the adjoining living room’s walls.
The walls in the dining room are a warm cream color, again this picture coloring is kinda funky… but you understand the changes, right?
And fortunately for them, the entire wall of built-ins, are all still there. (just last week I was at a salvage place and saw an exact match to this buffet someone had ripped out of their house!)
The inside back and sides of the buffet display shelves she painted a cream color to lighten up all the dark wood.
Next time, I’ll share with all the wonderful decorating details they’ve incorporated into this room that makes it theirs!
So many cute details…