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Renovation Ideas: Dining Room and Library

Thursday, March 26, 2015

We have been working on the house every single day since we closed on the 13th. Here's what we've accomplished so far:
  • March 13-15: Sam pulled up all the flooring downstairs, I scraped the popcorn ceilings
  • March 16-19: Sam finished scraping the kitchen ceilings. For some reason the popcorn was not coming off in that room. Then he started patching and sanding the ceilings. I vacummed up all the popcorn and dust off the subfloors.
  • March 23-26: I sanded the trim in the front rooms, then I washed the walls and the trim. Sam is still working on the ceilings.
  • Weekend of the 27th: I hope to start painting the trim and maybe some walls. Hopefully Sam will finish the ceiling work.
I'm going to start on my ideas for the front rooms of the house because these are the rooms I'm actively working on right now.

This is the entry. Sam already pulled up the floors in the entire first floor, including the wood floors here. We are getting all new bamboo wood floors and we wanted all the floors downstairs to match. The bamboos will be everywhere downstairs, except for the laundry room.

I don't have any big plans for the entry right now. Obviously we'll be getting new floors and painting. I've been looking for a new light fixture, but Sam and I haven't agreed on anything yet.

To the left of the entry is the formal living room, which we plan to use as a library.

This room will be getting new floors, bright white trim, and a neutral gray wall color. Next year we want to add built-ins to the back wall.


I just bought green velvet fabric and blue trim for the curtains in this room:

The formal dining room is to the right of the entry:


All the molding will be painted bright white, and the area below the chair rail will also be white. Above the chair rail will be Benjamin Moore Seaweed. We're getting a new table and chairs from Sam's parents. It's the dining room set that Sam grew up with. I have no idea what it looks like, but they will be bringing it Easter weekend. I also want to get this light fixture from West Elm, but I'm waiting for it to go on sale.

In my next post I'll share my plans for the rooms in the back of the house: the family room, powder bathroom, kitchen, and laundry room.

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7 Responses to “Renovation Ideas: Dining Room and Library”

  1. It's going to look great when it's done! I love how roomy the house is :)

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  2. I cannot wait to see what each of these rooms looks like. I LOVE how much you love the color green, and I love the pops of it you're adding to each of these rooms :)

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  3. So exciting! Love the inspiration!

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  4. I cant wait to see how it all turns out, everything looks beautiful!

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  5. I'm excited as to how it's going to look like when it's finally finished. :)

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  6. Thank you Macy! I'm excited to see it finished!

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  7. Thank you Chelsea! I hope all the ideas in my head look good in real life!

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