Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Dining Room Renovation Completed

We have been very busy this past two months. Blogging has taken a back burner to life. Working inside and outside. Trying to keep a balance. We have lived on this farm for three years now. The floors in the living room and dining room have been bare wood. The planks are wide pine raw wood. It has been difficult to keep clean and very dusty. This is the before picture. We dreaded having to move all of the furniture out. Plain white walls are so boring. We figured we would work on the whole room at the same time.
We moved everything out and into the living room. Needless to say, that left little room for us to sit but what a great time to start. The weather was still warm and we could keep windows open for ventilation.
We didn't have to strip any old stain or paint off. The floors only needed a good sanding. Off to Home Depot to the rental department. The sander can be a bit aggressive so Ted kept it in line. I was completely happy taking pictures.
We applied the same stain that we used upstairs. Provincial by Minwax. One major problem that we had, only one bathroom. The bathroom is directly off of the dining room. Yes, the stain had to dry overnight. So did the 4 coats of Polyurethane. Thank heavens we live off of the road and it gets very dark.
Then came the painting. We picked the colors by taking the curtains into Home Depot for a color match. If you have never done this, try it. It is so cool and a great way to get a perfect match. If you have never painted red you have yet to live. We even bought the paint with the dark primer to decrease the number of coats needed to cover. Well, it started out pink and scared the poo out of us. It took a total of 3 coats to cover and look good. Oh and yes, red paint is difficult to get off me too. We were told that regular colors have about 5 ounces of pigment and red has 12 ounces of pigment. Education at Home Depot.
We were so excited when everything was moved back and the room was completed. My old dining room table was to small. We moved it upstairs to an empty room. It will be great to use when I get back to braiding wool rugs this winter. This oak table can seat eight for those big holiday dinners.
The cat was a special decorative touch. I will post the living room reveal later this week. The carpenter will be bringing the handrails and spindles to reinstall. I can't wait to see the finished room. The floors came out better than we could expect.
Much Love and Prayers from Mainely Ewes Farm.


Beverly said...

Wow, Kelley....

It looks beautiful!!!!

Sandra said...

Your dining room is beautiful; I've always loved color and have deep red, sienna, green and brown in our home. If I want blah, I'll close my eyes and dream in black and white -grin-.

Becky said...

Gorgeous!!! Well done!! It looks ready for a big family Thanksgiving :)

tonya said...

Your dining room turned out beautiful! It has to be so rewarding to get to this point. Love those colors too!