Dining Room Before and After

The dining room my favorite room in the little brick cottage, (I think… although the back entry is a very close 2nd, and I have to admit that I love the kitchen, especially that window over the sink, and oh, those cubbies in the bathroom turned out really cute…)

So let’s just say, the dining room is one of my favorite rooms.

Here is the dining room looking from the living room we just finished showing you:

You can see in the dining room has the same maple flooring as the living room, which we found hiding under the carpet. And you can see that the dining room radiator got the same bronze treatment as the living room’s.

Wanna see a pic of the dining room before again? Well, sure you do! Little Brick Cottage Dining Room Before and After

This is the same arch doorway, only this view is from the dining room looking back into the living room. Here you can see the striped orange flower wallpaper I peeled off and found the antique beadboard on the lower part of the walls. Little Brick Cottage Dining Room Before and After

Here is the orange wallpaper off with the section of missing beadboard in the corner…you can read here and here to see how we borrowed some from the kitchen to patch it with. Little Brick Cottage Dining Room Before and After

Once it was patched, and a new chairrail top board was put on, you’d never know the section was missing. Little Brick Cottage Dining Room Before and After

And here, standing in the center of the dining room on the day we bought this ‘Little Brick Cottage’ in December, 2011, are the pair of tall windows hiding behind these very dusty gold draperies and sheers. Little Brick Cottage Dining Room Before and After

On this window wall, as well as the tall chimney you see on the right side of the windows, we did not find any antique beadboard hidden behind the wallpaper. So I had custom built-ins made installed: Little Brick Cottage Dining Room Before and After

Here are those built-ins part way through being installed.

This pic was taken after the old cracked, non-working windows were taken out, and new working windows and trim was put in. Little Brick Cottage Dining Room Before and After

I had the top height of the built-ins to coordinate with where the top of the chairrail would be. Here is the dining room being primed with the built-ins done, but the window seat tops and shelves are in the other room where I had them laid out to prime.

In this pic you see too the new electric, well at least you can see the new chandelier and take my word for the new electric.

But what to do with that chimney?  Well I figured since it is a brick chimney and the outside of the house is brick, let’s celebrate that brick and bring it in. so…. Little Brick Cottage Dining Room Before and After
Ta-da! A brick chimney! Here’s a closer look: Little Brick Cottage Dining Room Before and After

Ok, so it’s not ‘real’ brick, but red brick wallpaper. I love it! It seems so perfect and what a fun splash of unexpected-ness when you round the corner from the living room. Little Brick Cottage Dining Room Before and After

Here are the built-ins completed.

The tops lift off the window seats, for storage, and the display center shelves are adjustable. It’s hard to tell in this picture, but I painted the insides of the display shelves one step darker gray than the upper walls. (In fact, the built-ins insides are the same color as the beadboard in the front entry.) Little Brick Cottage Dining Room Before and After

Oh, and here’s that corner we patched in the antique beadboard with…can you tell?  Nope!

The sizes of both the dining and living rooms are very comfortably generous for a small house. I love this sun-drenched dining room that’s filled with character and warmth. I love that you can’t tell what’s new or old, and that it has all been given a fresh breath of air.

As I continue to show you the finished cottage, I think we’ll visit the bedrooms next before we make our way to the bathroom and I can then show you just how cute those cubbies did turn out…

Here are more posts featuring the little brick cottage renovation projects:

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  1. Shasta Farrar says

    Wow, now that’s a room transformation! It looks completely different and oh, so much better. I think my favorite thing is the touch of brick. I can’t believe that is wall paper…it looks so real. GREAT job!

    I’m hosting a linky party for room remodels and think yours would be perfect. I’d love for you to join us. Here’s the link:

    Shasta @ In The Old Road

  2. Julie says

    I love the brick wall paper!!! I think brick walls are so beautiful…I would love to have one. Thought of possibly doing a faux brick wall in our foyer, but seems over whelming and too much $. It all turned out so pretty! I’m your newest follower, found you via Stuff & Nonsense 🙂

  3. Kathy says

    Oh, my! The transformation is just amazing! Love the chandelier and the colors chosen as well as the arched entries! Thank you for sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

  4. kristin says

    WOW! This is just gorgeous, I am just loving seeing this room come together. The brick is one of my favorite parts. Thanks for linkingup.

  5. Linda at Beautiful Ideas says

    I am so glad you are sharing this with us! I always enjoy seeing the steps that lead to such a lovely transformation. You’ve worked so hard and your labours are really paying off. What a beautiful, beautiful job! I can’t wait to see the rest… 🙂
    Linda at Beautiful Ideas

  6. Stuff and Nonsense says

    what a spectacular space
    you now have
    after all that hard work

    amazing how much bigger
    and brighter it all looks
    sans wallpaper and rugs

    we too have removed
    a ton of wallpaper in our old home
    so i feel your pain!

    thanks for sharing
    at Fridays Unfolded

    now following you via Facebook!


  7. lynn says

    What an amazing transformation! It really is hard to tell where the old meets the new and you really fooled me with that “brick” wall. it adds an unexpected touch!

  8. Shelia says

    Wow! Your dining room is so beautiful! The floors are gorgeous and love the brick showing like that, the arches with the pocket doors! Just everything! 😉
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia 😉

  9. Stacey says

    This is gorgeous! Such a beautiful space!
    I would love for you to stop over and link up to my party happening now!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  10. ronagregory says

    Totally gorgeous! What a difference, I love the built ins by the windows, there’s something about window seats…I would love to have a window area that lent itself to having one. perhaps that’s because the house I grew up in my dad built one and it was my toy box underneath. I spent many happy hours playing with my toys and my faithful dog.
    Can’t wait to see yours all finished and furnished! Oh and the bathroom…I need some inspiration for mine…it’s in desperate need of a makeover!

  11. Anne says

    I absolutely adore your dining room! Isn’t it amazing how wall-to-wall carpeting was embraced over hardwood floors??! Must be because nobody realized how disgusting it would become when all the dirt and sand went right through the carpet and stayed, no matter how clean you tried to be!! I will never live with it again!!

    Thanks for sharing your beautiful space. That wallpaper looks pretty amazing, too. Love the window seats.


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