Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Dining Room Renovations over the years.....

We live here....

We bought our home in June, 2001.  This picture was taken in July, 2001
as you can see from the date stamp.

It looks pretty much the same on the outside today as it did then;
the inside is what has changed drastically from the day we
bought it.

I am very lucky in that my husband can and will (after I nag him for a thousand
days straight) do home renovations.
I think the only thing he might have some difficulty with would be
plumbing.  We haven't had to do much of that (thank goodness)
so I'm really not sure what he can do.

Other than that, he can do pretty much anything.

This is my dining room:
I (bold, capitalize and underline) wallpapered.  By. My. Self.
I was so proud!

It looked like this.

Nothing fancee, nothing major.
This table is the first piece of furniture
we purchased together.  It is solid pine and I love this table.

I was very content with my dining room. 
It stayed exactly like this for many years.

It's always been a dream of ours to not have carpet in our house
and to put in hardwoods.  Between the dogs, cats and kids, we were over
the carpet and how dirty it always seemed.

So we did it! We just took the plunge and decided it was time.

Pulling up carpet is one of the nastiest jobs ever.  I couldn't believe
the smell of the padding underneath and the fine gritty dirt that was underneath
the padding.

I couldn't believe we had been living on top of all that dirt.
But, lets not go there!

More carpet padding.  This took forever!!

The kids call themselves helping.  I guess they are making sure the
new wood doesn't go out the window.

Everybody pitched in to open the boxes of wood and sort it by size. 


The moment I have been waiting for.....
the floors start to go in.

I'm a terrible person to do home projects with,
I want everything done Yesterday!

The completed floors.  So Happy!!

The furniture went back in and looked great.


One of my girlfriends moved this past Summer.  As she was packing
up her house and sending things to storage and her new condo, she found this in her basement.


It had been there for about 5 years she said.

She asked me could I use it.

Could I use it!
Heck Yea!!

Check out this hutch.  It is just gorgeous.

The table, along with 6 chairs and 3 leaves; I only use 1, my dining
room isn't that big.

This is my favorite piece.  An old serving table. 

My plan is to redo the material on the chairs but for
now; they are just fine.

I cannot wait to decorate for Christmas!


  1. What beautiful pieces and congrats on the new floor! Thanks so much for becoming a follower and for stopping by my blog :).

  2. Thank you Beth for following my blog. As you can tell; I'm just getting started. I love your home and what you have done with it. You are such an inspiration.

  3. [...] the entire room this color then we are going to do the trim rectangles at the bottom, like in our dining room; then I will paint the inside of the rectangles the blue/green [...]



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