04 July 2017

Dining Room Renovation



It's taken a while, but we've finally completed our dining room reno, and I'm so excited to share some of the photos with you!!

Our dining room is the heart of our home.  This room is the first room many people enter into when they come into our home (not many people use our front door!) and the room where most of the family sits to eat, play, socialise and read.  Off this room is our kitchen, master bedroom and toilet/bathroom, hallway to the rest of the house as well as one of our lounges... so with that in mind, this place can get rather busy!

This room is one of the very original rooms of our old bungalow.  When we first looked at this house to buy it, this room was listed as a third lounge, and used as a thoroughfare room into the kitchen area and other rooms (see photo from previous owner's house listing below).  



We immediately started using the space as a dining room with a large, old 8 seater wooden table we found on Trademe!  Even with our reno complete, we've decided to keep this old table in it's 'old' state, as we want life to happen in this space, without people fussing over marking or scratching the table.  Maybe one day we will restore it, but for now we love it just as it is, marks and all.

Although the walls in this space were dark wood and this room hardly had any natural light, we knew once the kitchen wall had been pulled down, and the walls lightened, that this space would be beautiful.  We thought long and hard over the decision to paint these beautiful wooden walls, especially knowing that the owners before the last ones had worked hard to bring back the wood to it's original state - but we decided in the end that we just had to go with our hearts and lighten up the space by painting it, and now that it's finished, we love it!!  It joins our new kitchen area and makes the two spaces which once felt quite separate finally feel like one big space.

A few before and afters (I apologise in advance for all the photos - with 4 angles in this room I wanted to include each view):

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We absolutely love our wooden and brick fireplace surround.  The fireplace is a wetback, connected to our hot water cylinder in the cupboard to the left.



Other angles of the room:

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I just love my Beswick ducks!  These used to hang on my Great Grandma's wall and I remember exactly where they were.  My Nana lovingly gifted them to me last Christmas (thank you so much June Nan!).



More angles:

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I just love this view of the room below, as you can see how the 2 rooms which were once separate (and quite dark) are now light, open and finally one space.

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One of my very special items in this room is my sewing table.  My amazing dad had an old Singer sewing machine base that he restored and then topped with a piece of our Puriri tree wood (from our previous house).  I love this piece - it's antique-ness, it's usability and it's creator (thanks Dad!!!).
 
 


Other favourite items in this room are this awesome hanging concrete light above my sewing table, my scandi Karlsson clock, and our little shelf for all of those electronic things (wifi, phone etc.) that can be so annoying!  Symon was super clever and hid the wires for these in the wall.


A massive thank you to my amazing husband who did a lot of the work on this room - so many people may never realise the long hours spent straightening door frames and doors after our house was repiled, the rebuilding of our hot water cupboard doors that no one will ever notice and the many hours spent gapping the tongue & groove walls.  I know - and I'm so thankful babe!!

Here's to many years of memories and fun times being had in this space!  



Room Details:

Walls = Dulux Half Haast with Okarito ceiling and trims.
Accessories = Hanging concrete wall light and bracket from Mitre 10,  White & wooden ceiling light from Lighting Direct,  Karlsson clock from Intec Interiors,  Wall map, Retro signs and White Deer Head from Typo, 8 seater wooden table from Trademe, White Metal Chairs, Concrete door stop, Grass Rabbit and black metal tray from Kmart, Woodbox from Bed Bath & Beyond, Origami ornaments from The Warehouse, Green Stallion ornament from Liz V (thanks Liz!!), Beswick ducks from my Nana/Nandi.


To see more/all of our renovations, click here.

5 comments:

  1. Looks fabulous Kristy! Nice and open.

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  2. gorgeous - love all the photos. You are so stylish!

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  3. What a fantastic space. Your eye for detail, sense of style and lots of hard work have totally transformed those rooms. Love how much lighter and brighter the dining room looks.

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