WE HAVE A DINING ROOM

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESIt’s the small things that matter and its sometimes the small things that take the longest to finish! The last time you saw this room it was settling into it’s newly painted “Ebb” blush walls. What wasn’t going to settle into this room was most of the dining room furniture from my apartment.

I had lovely square 8 seater dinner table and chairs that worked fabulously in the open plan unit but were not going to fit into this room. Well, it would, but nothing much else would have… (Disclaimer: ignore the rug!!) Continue reading

Main Course

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And the winner is… EBB

The dining room is probably one of the darkest rooms in the house. I wanted to create a cosy dining room without closing it in even more.

IN MY MIND’S EYE I’D ALWAYS PICTURED IT BEING PINK

Yes, pink. Not a lolly-pop, girly, girly kind of pink but a more subtle and sexier pink. As with any colour there are thousands upon thousands of variations and shades but given I could picture what I wanted, I could narrow the field down considerably before I even started.

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DINGY DINING

The stud wall had left its mark on the ceiling but it survived relatively unscathed. What it did reveal was the original (?)  paint work. Someone had painstakingly painted each of the raised plaster grapes yellow and every vine leaf green. That person would have had a) a very stiff neck, and b) a lot of patience and dedication, and maybe c) too much time on their hands?? They are 12ft ceilings!

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Trail of liquid nails on the ceiling where the stud wall was attached

Although the removal of the wall had let in much-needed light and created a more open space, the room was still dark and dingy, mainly due to the black trims and dark paint colour.

THIS IS WHERE THE HARD SLOG BEGAN…

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3rd BEDROOM OR NO 3RD BEDROOM?

One of the first tasks to do before I moved in was get the floors sanded and stained. But before I could do that, I needed to remove any unwanted stud/partition (i.e. non-supporting/structural) walls so that the original floorboards underneath the wall could be exposed.

The previous owners had converted the original dining room into a third bedroom by installing a stud wall and door. This sat between the lounge and the kitchen… as most dining rooms do for a house this age.

The dark corridor created by the stud wall on the left.

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