Thursday, January 23, 2014

Dining Room photos.......

Immediately to the right when you come in through the front door of our house is a room that would have been used as a parlour or front sitting room when the house was first built.  Over the years this room has been used for a number of things, including a parlour, dining room, office and bedroom.  When the home stager came through the house she suggested turning it back into a formal dining room.  Which is what we have done.  The door is called a Dutch Door and is pretty common around here.
Although there wasn't much to do in this room other than, repair some plaster work, paint and do a little prep on the floor.
I hung the sunset and sunrise photos in this room.
As you can see in this photo there is another door in the room.
It's a pocket door which leads into the main floor bathroom.  One of the prior owners couldn't manage the stairs so they turned the parlour into a bedroom and made the room behind it a bathroom.
We had the mirror on the table in the bathroom.  It was much too small so the home stager suggested using it as a mirrored tray on the table.  Which believe me it's a lot cheaper than buying an actual mirrored tray.  So if you have an old mirror hanging about put it in the middle of the dining room table with some candlesticks on it.
We had to buy a table and four chairs which cost us $226.  Luckily we had another couple of chairs hanging about which go well.  The other major expense is we were missing around 16 feet of baseboard.  No idea what the prior owners had done with it?  The problem is this is not just any old baseboard.  The baseboard is over 14 inches high and comprised of three pieces to make up the height.  We have ordered it from the guy who redid the kitchen and it has been a challenge for them to make it.  We should be getting it back this week; I dread though to think how much it's going to cost.  Anyone with a carpentry background will know how labour intensive this would be to make.
One of the joys of this house are the deep windows we have all over the older part of the house.  This room is also cool so cyclamens grow like mad and do well in this room.
I am not sure how much more has to be declutttered from this room?  Also not sure if I should set the table to look as though we are ready for afternoon tea?

16 comments:

EG CameraGirl said...

This room appeals to me as I am fond of unpainted wood.

Blackberry Lane said...

It is lovely set up as a dining room. I love the Dutch door and the pocket door. Just charming! Yes, the baseboard is beautiful and I'm sure very labor intensive. How lovely your potted flower looks in the window.

j said...

I love your house.

Paula said...

Huh, I've never seen Dutch doors on the INSIDE of a house, except for a few really old ones that used to be taverns. They have the Dutch door to separate the pub part from the respectable part where the ladies were. Your baseboards are like mine, but you are lucky, EVERY piece of wood has been painted in this house -and my MIL used oil so I can't even easily change.

Linda said...

Your house is lovely! We just sold our house and had to re carpet and repaint, do some repairs, and also pay for landscaping. It was definitely worth it as we sold quickly and didn't have to renegotiate the price. There was nothing for prospective buyers to argue about, they either liked the house or they didn't, and it made the process much easier. Good luck:)

flowerpower said...

Awesome redo you are very talented, i have followed your remodel with delight and have learned a lot from you.we are also downsizing from a 3200,00 sq, foot home to a 1800.00 so it is going to be a challenge.

anexactinglife.com said...

I agree this makes an attractive dining room. It looks like it has very good light. I love the mirrored tray with candles!

Cindy@NorthofWiarton said...

Lovely, Gill.

Jane said...

Very interesting - I love a home with character. That was a great deal on the table and chairs - do you plan to keep them or sell with the house?

Buttons said...

Oh Gill I LOVE this room. Hug B

DeniseinVA said...

I think it all looks wonderful Gill, and the mirror used as a tray with candles is a super idea.

Kaisievic said...

Love the "new" dining room. Clever idea with the mirror and the room would look so sweet with afternoon tea set.

Rose said...

Oh, I love those deep windows...I bet you have mixed emotions about leaving this place.

Winifred said...

It is a lovely room Gill. Love that dark wood especially the doors.

Not sure what baseboards are. Are they what we call skirting boards?

I would find it hard to leave such a lovely house & you've worked so hard on it too.

Holly Nelson @ English Girl Canadian Man said...

The doors are so nice!!! I love the Dutch doors - such a cute idea, such a good idea if you have animals too!

William Kendall said...

It's a lovely room!