We’ve been working way this fall on finishing a big home renovation project that has been underway since 2007.
It has been a long haul. We have changed a LOT of stuff – converted a garage into a great room, changed a dining room into a mudroom, created a new staircase, yadda, yadda, yadda. Today we are going to look at the “let’s-change-the-porch-into-a-dining room” project.
This is a drawing of our house with this fall’s projects highlighted in red:
Today I am going to show you the mid-point reveal of our new dining room which is this space:
The space used to be a great screened porch that sat right off our eat-in-kitchen. It has great bones – high paneled ceiling, great south/west exposure and it is ringed by trees so in the summer you are wrapped in a cool nest of green!
Here’s a view from the kitchen out toward the porch. You can see here that we’ve already framed it in and added windows.
During construction we had to relocate our dining room table from the kitchen into the living room:
(We used to have a nice formal dining room but we turned that into a mudroom. You can read about that here.)
We took out the old sliding glass doors, added insulation and had the place blueboarded and plastered.
These plaster guys really know what they’re doing! Check out those swanky stilts.
Plaster is a huge and messy job, but the plaster itself looks like a lot of fun. Don’t you just want to touch it?
The floors were a disaster after all of this work, so I scrubbed them down and painted them with my favorite Behr Floor and Porch paint in Bitter Chocolate.
The house has a funky angle and it is really noticeable in this space, so we framed out a bookshelf to hide the odd-ness of the angle.
I made sure to leave enough space for the 6 ½ foot wide dresser that I planned to use as a sideboard:
Did I mention that we hosted Thanksgiving this year and I was painting that floor on the Tuesday before the holiday? We were really up against it – we put the table into the room just before our guests arrived on Wednesday:
Here’s a look to the left – love the south-facing skylights. I can’t believe I was thinking that I’d paint the ceiling. I just love it now.
And here’s a look to the right. I was going to paint that dresser, too. But now I’m re-thinking that, too.
I think the color of the dresser actually works with the color of the farm table:
And the ceiling:
The dresser does have some redeeming features – it is well constructed and has nice hardware and a nifty pattern on the top:
So even without paint, window trim, curtains or a real floor, I’m still loving this space.
Here’s a few quick before and afters –
This is the south corner when it was a porch (I did love that porch…)
And same corner as the dining room:
And the view from the kitchen before:
I’m sitting out here right now and the sun is sinking behind the trees just over my left shoulder. I do miss the porch, but have a plan to build a new one at the far south side of the house off the living room. Maybe that will happen in another five years….