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Dining Room, Before, During & Now

The picture of our dining room in our last post it is actually is an “after” shot when you consider what we started with. So although we want to add moulding to this room, this room has been worked on. Here are some photos to bring everyone up to speed.

To keep the changes consistent I’m showing pictures all facing the same way, although at the bottom I’ll show you more changes that are visible when looking towards the front of the house.

Above, this is a photo from when we did a walk through of the house right after buying. Notice the plate rail up top? Wasn’t a fan.

We removed the plate rail, and the lighting fixture.

All of the floors came up (throughout the whole first floor) and the whole wall had to be re-drywalled. This was by far the worst part of the reno for me. I hated the sound of the nails that we had to remove from the floor.
The above picture is actually quite significant — During the month of renovations,  I got home (we were still living in our apartment) and uploaded my photos from the reno. A few days later I was showing someone this photo I  noticed that we had totally forgotten to remove the plate rail from behind the door (because the door was always open) Oops! We had to have the plaster guys come back to touch it up.

Now, a view from the other way – looking at our Living Room…

The entryway from the Dining Room to the Living Room had some weird curly cue detailing. First thing we did was smash those out and we squared off the entryway. (See below) You can see Aubrey in the background removing the ceiling in the Living Room. We also had a faux fireplace that I tore down.

The entrance way to the Living room was slightly enlarged when the curved entryway was changed to a square. Some people asked why we didn’t make the house all open concept. We actually didn’t do that on purpose – I liked the traditional feel of the house, with separate rooms. It’s why I fell in love with the house.  And I grew up always having important Family Dinners in a Dining Room, and so I wanted to have the same for our Family.
Which brings us to this photo, current day of the Dining Room.

Aubrey matched the trim from the rest of the house for the entryway to the Living Room which is why it looks original. So there you go! That brings us to today, and now trying to add some more detail to this room.

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    christine {bijouandboheme}
    December 29, 2010 at 3:41 pm

    Looking really good and what a transformation! Can't wait to see it all done.

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    Tia Brumbelow
    December 30, 2010 at 1:34 am

    What a great job so far! Even though you aren't done, it's still a wonderful difference.

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    December 30, 2010 at 2:44 am

    Awesome job. You guys did a lot of work!

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    Edin's House
    December 30, 2010 at 3:41 am

    Thanks for sharing your before, during and now pics Lindsay – brought back memories of tearing out all our lath & plaster… yuck!!! Unlike you, we actually LIVED in the house during all that dust mayhem. Horrible!!! But the end results are worth it – your results are terrific and what ever you do from this point forward will make an already great space better then ever!

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    December 31, 2010 at 3:55 am

    Everything looks so wonderful! Was it hard to turn the arched doorway into a square? We have two openings like that in our dining room that I would love to change but I'm afraid it might be a huge undertaking. Thoughts?

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    December 31, 2010 at 3:59 am

    Rachel, I don't think it was that hard. But Aubrey may argue that. 😉 If you want more info, shoot me an e-mail to [email protected] and I'll forward it to Aubrey and he can give you a play by play of how we did it. 🙂 Linds

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    January 3, 2011 at 4:53 am

    Ah, see now it makes more sense to me. I think it's lovely that you will have the dining room of your dreams. Keep us posted on the progress, whatever the pace!


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