House Reveal: Dining “Room”

As promised, here is a full view of the dining room.


The dining room is open to the living room, kitchen, and den.  There is a 2-sided fireplace that separates the dining room from the living room.  When we first moved in, the fireplace had a large overhang/seating area that wrapped around it and protruded into the dining room area.  We had the fireplace seat removed, covered the fireplace with drywall (for now), opened the doorway leading into the den and installed hardwood floors.  We also added a junction box for a chandelier, new windows, and skim-coated all the walls.

Here are the before pictures:

MLS6 MLS3And here it is now:

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Sorry about the dark pictures – some angles were just very difficult to shoot.  I think the chairs play very nicely with the navy blue kitchen and the blue chandelier.

We still have things to do in the room – mainly dealing with that fireplace.  Once we can find some magic money, we’ll add stone all the way to the top.  Until then, that bad boy is out of commission since the drywall is not fire safe :(.  I also can’t decide if I should paint the cabinet since the wood tones are starting to compete or just move it and find a simpler buffet table.  But all in all – I’m happy with the way it’s turned out.

Happy Monday!

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Dining Chair Revamp

I spent the three-day weekend relaxing with the fam so we’ll take this short week off from the reveal of the final rooms in the house.  But I wanted to share a few of the random projects that I never got a chance to discuss.

Last year, I decided I wanted to finally replace our dining room chairs that we’ve had since we bought our first table in the San Francisco house.  The chairs are perfectly decent Ikea upholstered chairs but I thought it was time to come up with something different/better/unique.

I came across this image from Nate Berkus and was immediately smitten.

InspirationThose chairs, that view, the artwork…love it.  Anyway, my room doesn’t look anything like that and I have an open dining room that looks directly into the kitchen (and is sorta next to it).  So I decided to do a green velvet dining chair but I needed it to play nicely with the navy blue kitchen cabinets and the chandelier I had already installed.

I couldn’t find any chairs that I liked (and could afford) so I started a search for vintage chairs that I could recover.  After a few weeks searching, I found these “beauties” on ebay and had them sent across the country.

Chair-Before2 Chair-Before3 Chair-Before6 Chair-Before4I got them all for $50/chair including delivery from NY.  Anyhoo, I found a great fabric and had the chairs reupholstered for about $125/chair.  So for about $175/chair, this is what we’re working with now:

Chair-After1 Chair-After2I know you can’t find mass produced upholstered chairs (non-Ikea) for less than $250/chair so I’m ecstatic that these are custom and exactly what I wanted.  What do you think?

I’ll take some pictures of the entire room this week.

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