Thursday, December 6, 2012

Dining Room and Foyer: Before and After

My very first thought when we looked at the house, was that the Dining Room could be beautiful.  From the beginning, I could see the Pickwick Pine painted white, the walls opened up and a dramatic chandelier.  But not everyone shared my vision :-)  I heard lots of comments like "Seriously, you're going to leave that paneling?  Are you crazy?" So it took some convincing!  We made all those changes, but also got rid of that weird closet at the bottom of the steps and its trap door to the basement.  Now there is a nice open landing, which provides a great focal point for artwork.

Dining Room Before - a sea of Pickwick Pine and Acoustic Tile Ceilings
Dining Room After - Light and Bright
Do you remember the pine built-in hutch?  It took more hours that I thought to fix it up.  But it was worth it.  It's a great vintage piece that provides nice storage and a place for display.  The glass shelves, interior light and frosted glass Restoration Hardware drawer pulls really dress it up.


















But probably more dramatic than the dining room is the addition of a foyer.  This was originally a porch, but once we knocked down the walls and added some built ins, it's a great addition to the house. And it gives you that open feeling from the minute you walk through the front door!
Original View Coming Through the Front Door

A Real Foyer with Closets and a Boot Bench
And finally, I thought I'd share a couple of pictures of the open floor plan.  It gives you and idea how much different a house can be when you take out a few walls.
View from Living Room - Before
View from Living Room - After

Open Floor Plan
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23 comments:

  1. Fantastic!!!. Do you sell the furnished?

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    1. Ha, no, not at this point! We have 2 storage facilities full of furniture that I mix and match for staging. But we keep saying we should probably get rid of some of it, to at least pare down to one storage unit!

      Thanks so much for visiting the blog.

      Laurel

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  2. Still saying WOW.

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  3. you guys have done a fantastic job on that house! i love the before and afters! amazing work!

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    1. Thanks so much. We thought we could finish this place in 4 months, but it took a full 6 months to get it done. But worth every bit of effort!

      Laurel

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  4. I'm over from Better After, and this is STUNNING! Very well done! I love love love an open floor plan, and this has me drooling!

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  5. Saw this at before and after and had to come leave some love. What an AMAZING transformation!!!

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  6. Visiting from Better After....This is so amazing I just had to click over and see the rest. Beautifully done! And I'm so glad you kept the paneling and painted. Can't imagine a better look for the room. Fantastic job! Merry Christmas!

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  7. Thanks so much for all the wonderful comments!!! We loved this project and are thrilled with how well it came out. Thanks for visiting the blog and stay tuned as we start our next project!

    Laurel

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  8. Wow - amazing! This looks like something I'll be dreaming about.

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  9. stopping by from better after. i am currently looking at a house and one of the bedrooms is paneling just like you room above. i looked at my mom and said oh i can do SO much with this room!! she's like, you're crazy! any helpful tips you can pass on to me? email me please! jcwalter919@gmail.com thanks girl! and again - it all looks awesome!!

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  10. This is just beautiful! Great job. I'm wondering what color you painted the walls. It is the perfect color.

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  11. What paint color is used in this room?

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  12. The walls are a Benjamin Moore color called Early Morning Mist. And the pine paneling and trim is all painted White Dove. We wanted a very neutral color palette that would allow you to introduce color with accents. Glad to hear you like it! And thanks for visiting the blog!

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  13. Loving the transformation!! What is the light fixture in the foyer?

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    1. Isn't the cage fixture great with the Edison light bulb in it? It's from Restoration Hardware. Thanks for reading the blog!

      Laurel

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  14. Hi, I just saw your transformation on Better After. It's right up my alley since I have the cottage feel going on in my home too! I love the after's and the dining room light fixture is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing.

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  15. Holy cow! I love what you've done with this home! You have amazing vision. I so enjoyed my visit to your blog.

    Warmly, Michelle

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  16. boring! boring! boring! horribly dull color pallate, God forbid anything resemble wood, you ruined the house. Sterile bland white and pukey taupe. Dreadful dining room.

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    1. That is so rude, I think this place looks fantastic! Light bright airy and cheerful...unlike yourself, which is why you liked the before photos!

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    2. Thanks for coming to my defense!! Of course everyone is entitled to their opinion :-) And I think the dining room looks much nicer now!!!

      Laurel @ SoPo Cottage

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