If you’ve read the previous Perfectly Imperfect Home Tour posts you may recall that I’ve mentioned the really small dining room. Well, today we are going to see it in all of its lovely smallness.
Here’s what the dining room looked like in the listing photos and some snaps taken on the day of inspection. Again, I apologize for the poor quality but they were taken with a tablet and/or phone. Sorry.
You will notice that they staged it with a small round table and two chairs. Most likely more than two people are going to live and eat here at a time. Just saying. This house is 3800 square feet but this room is only 9.5 ft x 11.5 ft. With a family of 6 (and numerous extras at any given time) all over the age of 13 you see why we used the living room as the dining room.
This room is open to the foyer through a large cased opening, there is a large window looking to the front of the house and then a hallway entrance to the kitchen. Dining room furniture layout is tricky since wall space is limited and it’s a pass through room.
The view from the foyer looking into the dining room towards the front window.
And here’s the view looking towards the garage and kitchen hall. The door that’s open into the room is to the basement stairs and it’s open most of the time. I haven’t figured out a solution for that yet.
Most recently I’d been using the dining room as an office. Reggie says ‘Hi!’ again.
We have finished the floors in this room but I plan to paint or do some type of wall treatment and then I’ll reinstall the baseboards. The walls currently have this really weird texture. It’s the only room in the house with it. I think my only options are to skim coat it, paint it as is and call it done or put some type of board and batten up.
Here’s how it looks right now. I bought this narrow Ercol table and chairs at an auction for $260 dollars and I think they work in here pretty well. It was rather gloomy out so the pictures are blah. You’ll be happy to know that I’m taking a photography course so things should improve. We can hope.
You may notice that the hutch I had over my desk is still there. It made more sense to leave it on the wall for now than to add it to the furniture being shuffled around from room to room. The desk on the right is not staying, I just happened to find it for $12.99 at a thrift store this past weekend and couldn’t pass it up. I’m hoping the barley twist sideboard from the current dining room will fit in here. All of that stuff on top of it is waiting to be priced for the shop.
Here’s it is looking towards the foyer. Sadie was looking longingly outside but she really doesn’t like the rain.
The only artwork staying in here is this Birdsey painting which I’m using as a jumping off point for colors to decorate with. I plan to change the frame as it’s pretty beat up. The rest of the artwork you see is just hanging to keep it out of the way and is either finding a new home in the house or waiting to go to the shop.
And one last look from the kitchen towards the front window. That little desk in the corner is also not staying.
The rug is just a placeholder I already had on hand to protect the newly installed floors. I think I may actually put a cowhide rug in here. What do you think? And I’ve got a couple of options for the light fixture so I’ve got to decide on that. I picked up some really cool antique fixtures and I also have a couple of wicker options or I could diy a chandelier. Maybe once I figure out a wall treatment I’ll be able to settle on one.
And guess what’s on the ceiling? Oh, come on now. Yep, popcorn ceilings for the win!
So that’s the small dining room. It will certainly work for now. I’ll be adding a small table in the sunroom as a breakfast nook type of thing and investing in some TV trays for when all the kids are here. We’ve had less so it will all be fine. I am thankful to have a dining room at all. Even if it is small.
Projects for this room are:
Figure out wall treatment and complete
Replace baseboards and quarter round
Replace outlets and switches
Annihilate the popcorn ceiling
Rug and decor
Switch out the rest of the furniture pieces
I’ll update the Projects page as we knock things out.
What do you think so far? Do you have a cowhide rug you love, or hate? Do share.