Thanks for waiting patiently in the front room for me. Did you look around while I was gone? I hope you didn’t open the piano bench… there are things in there I didn’t want you to see! Let’s take 6 steps forward into the dining room.
I have mixed feelings about the dining room. It was the first room in the house to get a complete head to toe makeover. I feel like I was so excited to do a project in my own house that I jumped in before thinking about the bigger picture (The rest of the house). When I finished the dining room, I was pleased as punch. But now, as the rest of the house evolves, it sticks out like 9th grade me at the Evanescence concert. (True story. I work a pink shirt.)
I don’t really love it. I can tolerate it, but I’m kind of sick of it. The room looks too teenager-y. I’m looking forward to a fresh & clean change. I will still walk you through the projects we’ve done, but keep in mind that significant changes will be taking place after Christmas.
Let’s go back to the before. Everything was monotone. The baseboards were rank. There was a 20 yr old ceiling fan as gross as boogers stuck under a desk. The Salvation Army left us with this fine dining set.
The first thing I did was paint. I convinced myself a stencil was necessary. It took forever. I do not want to re-live that personal hell, so if you’d like to, read the full tutorial.
When the stencil was finished, I replaced the baseboards. ALL.BY.MY.SELF! It was one of those defining moments of my life. I blame the PCOS on a release of testosterone, but I most definitely had a bonding moment with my miter saw.
It was time for board & batten. Something I’d always dreamed of having in a house. Some people use MDF boards, but we used real wood. It wasn’t expensive. We did the whole thing for $60. If you’re interested in the deets: full tutorial.
After the board & batten was painted, it was party time.
See what I mean by the room sticking out?
I look forward to re-finishing the table & re-upholstering the chairs in the future. I am excited to have a more “industrial-country” light fixture hanging about the table. I will jump a mile high when the half-wall doesn’t suck at life. And by that, I mean exist.
-Board & Batten
-Table & Chairs
-New light fixture
Life and learn, right? I suppose that it part of “unsuccessful” DIY.
Did you ever spend a ton of time on a room make-over and end up sick of it after a month?