It’s week two and I already feel behind! This is basically the project of 1,000 issues (aren’t they all?) and our attempts to move an air register and to wire the new light and switch for the pantry have both failed so far. We have made some progress though – I’ve been working on demoing all of the old tile and we’ve got some new drywall up in the pantry. This weekend we should finally be able to move the air vent, wire the new light and switch, finish putting up the drywall, and start painting the dining room. I’m hoping we can also get the new pantry entrance opened up and the old entrance closed off but we really only have one work day and a child that doesn’t sleep through construction.
Since I don’t have a lot of visual progress to share, I thought I would share a bit more about our plan for the dining room now that we have a better idea of what direction we’re going.
First, we picked a color! I sampled 7 different greens that ranged from bright to blue to almost black and we landed on Northern Glen by Behr.
I had a list of 5 greens to try initially that I found on Pinterest but when I went to Home Depot, they could only find 3 of them to paint match. While they were getting those samples together, I browsed the paint chips and that’s when I saw Northern Glen. It’s dark and it’s a true green which I love (not too brown, not too blue). I’m planning on putting up some faux board and batten around the dining room and painting it this color. The top part of the walls will be Benjamin Moore China White which is the color we chose for our foyer and will eventually go in the family room, too.
I would love to get a new dining table but for now we’re sticking with the one Kyle built when we first moved into this house 6 (!!) years ago and the dining chairs his parents got us as a gift a few years ago. I still love the chairs (I don’t have a picture of the current chairs, sorry!) but would love to get the seats recovered at some point; just not sure what direction I want to go with those.
We’re also contemplating switching out that light fixture. We bought it years ago at Costco and put it in the dining room and another in the stairwell. I still love it but with the green and the wood-look floors I’m thinking a wood bead chandelier might look really pretty in here. We have one that we bought for our bedroom and haven’t put up yet so we’re playing with the idea of seeing how it looks in here. We would have to rewire this light anyway to lower it down to the appropriate height so we may as well just see which fixture we like better. Here’sthe chandelier that we still have boxed up somewhere:
Of course part of me thinks it might just turns into a dusty nightmare so I don’t know.
We’re also carrying our laminate floors into the dining room and pantry from the foyer and I’m so excited to get rid of this gross flesh colored tile! It’s been a long time coming. I briefly thought that Home Depot didn’t carry our flooring anymore and decided to just put our house on the market and be done with it because that’s a completely calm and logical decision to make. In the end, it turns out they just moved it to a different spot so we’ll save the moving boxes for another day.
There are a couple of things I want for this room that I’m not sure will happen in the next four weeks.
• I would really love to get a big rug to go under the table but I’m cheap and rugs are expensive.
• I’m pretty set on finding an antique door for the pantry but since those are harder to source than normal doors, I’m not sure I’ll be able to find one in time.
• We need something to the left of where the new garage access door will be – maybe a hutch? Or just a side table of some sort? I need to wait and see what the spacing is like once the door is in but we’d like a place for a bowl for our keys and to drop our mail. For now we might just move our giant armoire over but it doesn’t really help us with the keys/mail situation.
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