Friday, September 16, 2005
The Dining Room
On the other end of the kitchen, in the north corner of the house, is our dining room. We textured the walls with a fresco look by applying a coat of mud to the surface, then 'dragging' it with a trowel, after which we painted the entire area (including the textured ceiling) with a light beige color (again, the "jumpin' jiminy") then ragged three different shades of brown ("umber", "burnt seinna" and 'hazelnut") over the top.
It really gives a nice old-world feel to the room, adding some interest to the small space (10x14), while providing a neutral backdrop.
Next is the veiw into the dining room from the living room (facing the west wall).
The kitchen entryway would be just off to your left....
As, you can see, we have an ecclectic mix of old American tastes,and luckily, we both share that affinity. Our dining room table was not in *that* shape when we acquired it; Thankfully, Billy has an exceptional talent for furniture repair/restoration, so we repaired it, stripped it, stained it, waxed it, and now we both love it!! (that was one of our first projects we did together, and still one of my favorite pieces)
The chairs (we have six) were acquired seperately, but they are also of oak, and of the same time-frame. I reupholstered the chair chair seats with a reminent bolt of fabric I liked, on sale at Jo-Ann's.
The drop-leaf table in the corner is yet another estate sale find (working there had its advantages, too) And the "bar" in the opposite corner is actually a mahogany sheet-music chest that we picked up at a yard sale.
And, this is the wall where my built-in shelves will be (eastern wall, facing into the living room). As you can see, Billy has finished the framing for them, but they are an "In Process" project. We are planning four open shelves on both sides, as well as an enclosed shelf on the bottom with tin-faced door fronts.
And, finally, just a pic of the clock I am making to hang in here; when I finally break down and purchase the clock workings, that is.