The dining room

Ok, let’s keep the embarrassment, erm, motivation going.

The dining room has changed dramatically in the past couple of months as a result from the work done to the kitchen.

Where we started:

Dining room looking into the living room
Dining room looking into the living room


Looking into the dining room from the loving room
Looking into the dining room from the living room

After moving in:001

I quite like the pink! And I’m so thankful for a husband who is cool with a pink dining room. And I’ll miss it, but, it’s time for a change in here.

You can see that the kitchen and the dining room were separated by a full wall, with only a standard door opening.

One day, I decided to take a day off of work and demo’ed most of the wall. Just to see if I liked it more open. I knew the wall was load bearing, so I knew that the studs would remain in place. We lived with the wall like this for months:

Industrial chic, no?
Industrial chic, no?

Also, ain’t no dust party, like a plaster dust party, ’cause the dust party don’t stopppppp.

No. For realz.  That stuff GETS EVERYWHERE. I’m pretty sure that our house hasn’t actually been clean in almost a year.

When we were getting our bid for our cabinet installation, our contractor threw in an estimate to remove the studs and put in the posts and beam. It was too good of a price to pass up, although we were not expecting to do it at the moment.

It has made a HUGE difference. But has also bumped the dining room up on the to do list, since part of the drywall was removed and random plaster chunks are falling from the ceiling.

To do list:

  • Drywall new framed wall
  • Remove drywall from other walls/ceiling
  • Patch hundreds of screw holes
  • Crown molding
  • Chair rail
  • Silicone/patch nail holes in trim
  • Prime walls/trim
  • Paint everything


  • Millwork frame for new wall opening to match other doorways in house
  • Replace broken baseboards on new wall (hopefully that’s sooner, rather than later) – our contractor demolished them, despite my efforts to carefully salvage them
  • Switch this radiator with the one in the entry (I think this one is too large for the room)

It’s almost as glamorous as a dinner party.