So I know I just shared with you some recent dining room updates… Like painting the walls Martha Stewart Zinc, and hanging my midcentury chandelier…
Well, I did something different.
You see, we had this extra room…
And I’m sorry, I have to stop typing here and say – oh my goodness, that sounds so privileged. Like, oh – first world problems – we totally had this extra living area and we didn’t know what to do with it, so we just ignored it and used it to store all our extra stuff. Ugh. Don’t you hate when that happens? Extra square footage: so annoying.
Well, we did have an extra room, and this house really is too big for the two of us. It was being used as storage because I didn’t feel the need to furnish a second living space that would essentially go unused. I mean, we already have a sofa apiece in the living room. So we really did just ignore this entire extra living space in our home and I haven’t shared it here on the blog because essentially, it always looked like this:
Warning: if you pin this, I might have to hunt you down and kill you.
(Um, did I just make a death threat on the Internet? Oops.)
It’s like a game of I-Spy: Can you find the Christmas decoration boxes, painting supplies, beanbag chair, laundry, and pet chinchilla? Bonus points if you can find my beloved creepy wooden hands…
Now, this room is entirely open to the kitchen (I was standing in the kitchen to snap this photo) and I got a wild idea in my head… What if we used this room as a formal dining room, instead of the more cramped & smaller current dining room?
To my surprise, Bryan loved the idea. Like, I was seriously surprised. So I forced coerced convinced him to help me move the dining table and chairs into the room to see if I liked the layout.
Do you see that? There’s room to put the leaves in the table now (they’re propped up on the wall on the left side of the fireplace)! So when our large family comes over, we can actually sit down to eat instead of perching throughout the living room on the couches and floor. And basically, I feel like a complete moron for not thinking of this sooner.
What will become of the old dining room? It is open to the living room, so Bryan’s idea was to use it as an extension of the living room when we have large groups of people over. (As we do, once every blue moon.) I’d like to move the teak bar in there and find some really stately/stuffy worn leather club chairs. I intend to keep the dark grey walls, but add a different light fixture.
Because… The chandelier that I just hung up is coming down and moving into the new dining room. And this is happening/may have already happened to the walls:
I’ll leave you with this moodboard that has some hints for where this might be going in the future…
And now I’m signing off. I’ve been seriously sick these past few days with a nasty cough thing, so I’m going to take it easy. Which is hard when I have so many ideas bouncing around in my head for this new dining room design! But budget restraints will keep me in check for a little while 😉 Thank goodness paint is cheap!