When we bought our home, affectionately called The Hartness Ranch, we bought it knowing we would spend years working on it. Sometimes it seems like once we get one room done another one is right behind it. A couple of weeks ago we decided to do a quick weekend dining room renovation!
After we painted the hardwood floors in the laundry room and kitchen the next logical room was the dining room since it is adjacent to the kitchen. Our dining room is also the center room to the entire house with the living room, kitchen, two bedrooms and a bathroom coming directly off of it. There are five doorways in our dining room. Yes, five! That makes it an odd room to put it mildly.
The inspiration for doing a quick weekend dining room renovation on this room was of course to paint the floors, but also because this room was in desperate need of a make over. Being the center room in the house it gets walked through and banged up more than most. It had not been painted in nine years so it was time for a weekend dining room renovation!
We have also been slowly over the years trying to remove the popcorn-ish ceilings in our house. I think they were intended to be popcorn ceilings, but whoever did it was not great at it and so it looked horrible. To remove it entails renting this big sander machine and sanding it down to a reasonable texture. We have done this is several rooms already and it has made a huge improvement. Thankfully we only have a couple more rooms to go to be completed with sanding the ceilings.
Thanks to my amazing husband the ceilings were sanded in no time and we began painting the ceilings and the walls. We have chosen a color called Canyon Cloud from Home Depot to paint most of the rooms in the house. Since we were doing a quick weekend dining room renovation we decided to leave the wallpaper on the one wall that it was already on. We both still like it and it was still in good condition. We taped around it before painting.
We decided to paint the trim and doors black. The trim in the kitchen is black as well and I wanted to carry it into the dining room. It was easier since we had to paint the trim and the floors to remove the baseboard trim. I had that up in about five minutes and I am glad I decided to take it up because I am awful at painting trim when it is on the wall. I painted all the base board trim outside and we nailed it back on when we were done. The doors took me close to forever to finish. It took something like four coats to cover them, but when they were done they look Oh So Good!
Once the walls and trim were painted it was on to the floors. Brandon had sanded the floors with the big sander when he was doing the ceilings so that made my job a whole lot easier. I got the floors all cleaned up and began applying the paint.
I put four coats of paint on this floor since it is the most heavily traveled room in our house. Since we were doing this as a weekend dining room renovation I was up very late !
I had a few pieces of furniture for this room that I needed to do some refinishing/distressing on before we put them back in. So I got to work on those.
The table has six chairs two of one kind and four of another. I was able to get two of them done, but I still have to complete the other four.
I had an old dresser that a friend of mine gave me about a year ago. I was using it as a buffet, but I had always planned on painting it. Another friend of mine recently gave me an extremely nice upper cabinet and so I painted these two pieces to match. I was in a hurry so I did not get as many photos as I should have, but this should give you an idea.
I used sample paints from Lowes and applied them with a brush on all these pieces. I taped off what I did not want to paint and I just brushed several coats of several colors on these pieces. Once dry, I then sanded them down to my desired distressed look and the applied distressing glaze all over the pieces. The dresser had a drawer that was very broken. Instead of fixing the drawer I removed two drawers from the middle of the piece and will put baskets there. I was also able to take the hardware off the two unused drawers and use them on the upper cabinet to make it look like these pieces went together. Not only did the piece come out great, especially for a rush job, but now I have a fabulous piece that holds great sentiment to me since two of my dearest friends contributed to it.
Once I had these pieces finished we were able to start putting things back into the room.
I have always had a lot of sentimental items in this room. Some of my very favorite things. The Norman Rockwell Paintings were my Grandfathers that hung in his room for many years. The painting over the fireplace was one that hung in my other Grandparents house for several decades. My mother made the curtains for me when we first moved into the house. A dear friend of ours made the wine holder for me out of a pallet. The document hanging on the wall under the scripture is our sons adoption certificate. There are also countless serving dishes, glasses, and dinnerware in the two cabinets passed down from both sides of my family. The new cabinet made from the two pieces my friends gave me fit right in. The black china cabinet was a thrift I found many years ago for $40.00. The table I also found at a thrift and Brandon and I painted it. The four black chairs are from the table my parents had at our breakfast table while I was growing up.
The dining room came out great and we are very pleased with it. It was a quick 3 day weekend dining room renovation and we still have a few things to do still yet, but all in all it came out really well!