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Saturday Home Showcase - My Dinning Room Before & After

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As I've said before my husband and I are working on doing a complete DIY remodel of pretty much our entire house.  We bought our home last year - it was built in 1973 and pretty much nothing had been changed since then.  Luckily my husband is pretty handy and we have been able to take on the task of remodeling the whole home, room by room on our own, with some help from other talented family members.  It can be extremely stressful at times and there have been many times we have worried we bit off more than we could chew - like when my husband gutted the entire bathroom and then got a bit freaked out because he was afraid he wouldn't be able to put it back together.  But so far we have managed to overcome all the obstacles we have encountered, though I'm sure there are many more ahead.

  This week I want to share what we've done in our dinning room.
This is what it looked like when we purchased the house.
BEFORE

It's not done yet but here is what it looks like now:
AFTER
My husband took out the original sheetrock and redid it all, replaced the windows, replaced the light fixture, replaced all the baseboards and put up beautiful crown molding (which we got at 50% off from Lowes because there was about 1 inch on each end that was slightly damaged, he simply cut off the messed up part).  We also replaced the window.   The ceiling is one of those old "popcorn" ceilings and we were going to remove it then we thought about all the mess it would make and decided, "Ugh, it's not all that bad, we'll just keep it" - we just hope nobody looks up.  One day we might replace it.

I knew we had to get a tiffany style light fixture - I love them - but it had to be a small one because the room is small and I didn't want the light fixture to be the focal point, instead I wanted my collection of dishes to be the focal point.  I originally hung this rose ball from the light for Felicity's Vintage Inspired Valentine's Day Party, but afterward I decided I liked it and have kept it there. (I'll let you in on a secret.... The light fixture isn't centered with the room, but I think my husband and I are the only ones that notice that)


There is one red wall and all the rest are cream.  The floors are a dark laminate wood, which is the only thing from the original room that we kept when we did the remodel. 
The room is very small so it is challenging to get a good size table and the dishes displayed in there without feeling too cramped - we also have to walk through the dinning room to go from the living room to the kitchen so again, it had to be really open.
As I said I'm not totally done and the room will continue to evolve.  I am looking for a shabby burlap banner that says something related to family or food that I can hang in the room - probably from the dish display hutch to the window.  And the table and chairs in there now are not permanent.  I want a shabby old table and 4 chairs that are all different.  My Nanny and I spent a ton of time visiting antique stores trying to find the right pieces and couldn't so I just bought this table and chairs from Target to put in there until I find what I want.
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25 comments:

  1. LOVE what you've done with the place. Your before and after pics are so great! =) Thanks for sharing.
    ~Kim

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  2. Oh, wow! Love the after. Really like the one red wall.

    I'm coming by from Blog Hop 'til You Drop and following via GFC.

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  3. It's lovely. I love the color red!

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  4. Quite a transformation! Don't you love Fiestaware?

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    1. I am crazy about Fiestaware - I started collecting the vintage pieces when I was in college and then we registered for it when we got married and I still often get it at Christmas and my Birthday so I have a pretty good collection. I am wanting my husbnd to put up a couple small shelves on either side of the hutch to display more of it. I am also putting together a little colorful coffee station in my kitchen to show off some of it.

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  5. I love the red and cream together! You are really lucky to have husband who can do all that work!

    Thanks for sharing,

    Alecia @ Chickenscratchny.blogspot.com

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  6. Really a great transformation, love the red and creme together. Love the Tiffany lamp also. It's great redoing, then you make it your own instead of someone else's. Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration at Sunday's Best.

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  7. Cute blog :) Would you like to follow each other? :D
    http://blissfulbeautyxox.blogspot.co.nz/

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  8. What a great transformation! Love the colorful collections displayed in your china hutch. Your light fixture is beautiful! And the rose ball looks great hanging there. I don't blame you for keeping it up!

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  9. Love all of your pops of red...and that collection of Fiestaware? I'm drooling over here...adore that stuff!! Would be delighted if you would link up with us over at Mop It Up Mondays: http://www.ishouldbemoppingthefloor.com/2012/02/mop-it-up-mondays-4.html.

    Have a great week!
    {HUGS},
    kristi

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  10. Nice transformation! Stopping over from the Tip Me Tuesday link party.

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  11. Great re-do! Love the pops of color. It makes the room feel so much warmer. I am a new follower visiting from Keeping it Simple. Vicky from Mess For Less

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  12. Don't you love not being perfect? I do!! I'm your newest imperfect follower-stop by for a visit!!

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  13. I love how much more colorful it is. It feels so much more warm :) Thanks for sharing! Found you on Very Merry Vintage Style :)

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  14. Wow!!! You did such a great job! I'm so jealous; renting means no painting! Thanks for sharing!

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  15. Looks great! thanks so much for linking up to the Naturally-Nifty Linky Party! I would love for you to put our link party button on your blog!

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    1. I thought I already had your button but apparently I didn't - I have so many I accidentally overlooked it, but you're on here now and added to my blog directory =)

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  16. This looks amazing!! Thanks so much for coming to our "Strut Your Stuff Saturday." We hope you'll be back next week to share more ideas! -The Sisters

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  17. Dining room looks great. I love all of your vintage dishes. Saw your link over at 3 Mango Seeds. I invite you to visit over at Suppers, Youngans, & Thangs.

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  18. I love the color!!!! What an awesome transformation! Great job..

    Thanks for linking up at Create & Inspire!

    Angie from ALI

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  19. You have come so far. You two have to be pretty proud of your efforts. As for the ceiling, we have had those too and we had our "knocked down" not literally but it is a kind of rough sanding that smooths the popcorn down so it looks more like the orange peel ceilings that are acceptable. I won't tell you it wasn't messy but so much easier than taking down and replacing that drywall. Good luck and thanks for linking up to this week's BeColorful.
    pam

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  20. Wow your re-do looks great!!! I LOVE the red! Thanks for sharing, I always love seeing how others remodel! So much inspiration :)

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  21. Great transformation and your dining room is just so full of character and color! :-) Thanks so much for sharing it at Inspiration Friday this week!
    Vanessa

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  22. Wow, that's really nice looking. Love the red wall. The home we are in is owned by my husband's family and it's about 80 years old. We just moved into it 2 yrs ago when we moved out of Southern California. We were hoping to pull off the ugly wallpaper and paint but financially it hasn't been a priority. So, hopefully it will be a project I can work on this Spring/Summer.

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  23. Thanks for sharing on Serenity Saturday

    Natasha xxx

    www.serenityyou.blogspot.com

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