remodel reveal : dining room

last summer i decided it was time to remodel my living and dining rooms. i had lived in my little house (under 800 sq feet) for 11 years at that point, and i was ready for an update. and ready for new windows! my windows were ancient, and no amount of silicon caulk would keep out the drafts. so i prepared for 2-3 months of dust and upheaval, said goodbye to savings, sold my furniture, and found a contractor.

i shared the construction progress a few times on this blog (post-gut, drywall, painting complete), and now for the reveal!

but first, a couple of before shots:

check out all the wrought  iron!

in my twenties i was going for a craftsman bungalow/earth tone/dark wood vibe (even though i did not live in a craftsman bungalow). and i  hated spending money on furniture, so i did a lot of my shopping at pier one and world market.


the drabness was really starting getting me down, i hated all of my furniture, and i needed color…

and here we are after:

happy colors

color! and light woods! the pendant lamp, chairs, table, sideboard, bookshelf, rug are all from ikea. lucky me — i came across ikea’s cybermonday deal last november, so i ordered most of the big items online and got free delivery. the green chairs are not from ikea, they are a little eames splurge: i couldn’t help it! the wine “rack” was found at ROAM.

table for 4?

the walls are painted an off-white, with the exception of the north wall of the dining room, which is a dark grey. i picked my wall colors using pantone color chips, and i matched pantone 404 u with behr’s amazon stone (but i really wasn’t impressed with the quality of the behr paint). the big painting above the sideboard is one that i did many summers ago — it was one of my first attempts at oils, and while very amateur, i still like it. the smaller painting to the left is one i purchased from artist gineke zikken in the last time i was in amsterdam.

protecting the  window sills from dog paws

i was eligible for the energy tax credits based on the work i had done, which helped ease the pain of the overall bill of the project. and it was really nice to have a draft-free dining room over the winter! i did use less gas to heat my house: my energy company provides the average temperature for the billed month of the current year with the average temperature of the previous year, along with energy usage for both time periods. so i didn’t need to figure out if i saved money with the fluctuating price of natural gas — i was actually able to see that i used fewer gas therms over the course of the winter. nice!

tomorrow, the living room!

17 responses to “remodel reveal : dining room”

  1. jess says:

    Your dining room is so stylish! I love the green and the orange.
    It’s very you.

  2. Fiona says:

    Oh gosh. I wish I could do that sort of thing with our house, I have no interior design sense at all. Our front room so badly needs a make over.

  3. Florcita says:

    Looks so good! I like the bold grey wall… very cool. Windows cost a lot of money (at least here) but it is incredible how much one saves with good insulation!

  4. Anna says:

    You know I haven’t really seen it when it’s not covered in our art supplies and such. But I must say it is significantly lighter and fresher feeling.

  5. Rebecca says:

    Wow it’s fantastic! I love the dark wall and I’d really like to see your painting up close! The shelving under the window looks great. We have the same piece but in white and use it as our tv stand. I like how you’ve added legs to make it higher – I want to do that! Happy dining in your dining room :)

  6. shona~LALA dex press says:

    The list
    1. privacy fence on E side of property (done)
    2. new front door + rebuilding door frame (door bought)
    3. new windows

    no amount of caulk OR draft snakes.

    the renovation is fantastic!

  7. Susie says:

    holy smokes this is gorgeous. I thought the first pics were nice to be honest, but the remodel is beautiful. what an eye you have. the chairs were worth the splurge.

  8. UK lass in US says:

    I kept looking at that picture and thinking how beautiful it is, then you go and say that you did it! Your room looks lovely.

    I’m hoping to redo half our windows while they’re still offering tax credits. It would help if everything else would stop breaking down first, mind…

  9. sara says:

    i love before and after shots! Your new place is so classy! at least you didn’t do like me and have to live through 4 years of it! One of these days I’ll post the finished house.

    Ironically, as soon as it was finished, we rented it out and moved 2200 miles away!

  10. molly says:

    I love the remodel but the before room was pretty cool too. That house has great bones no matter what you do with it! It looks much more pulled-together and grown-up now. Great job.

  11. alex sunday says:

    looks fantastic! but the standout item for me is your painting – i’d like to see it up close too.
    other standouts are the eames chairs – great colour choice, and i love that wine rack. everything ties together brilliantly. well done!

  12. rachel awes says:

    jen, it all looks so peaceful.
    each piece has breathing room…
    like a little slice of refreshing ocean.x

  13. jackie says:

    HELLO GORGEOUS!! It is amazing, and I agree with Rachel it’s like each piece has breathing room. Damn I could use some of that…breathing room!

  14. cindy says:

    first of all, you should be so proud of yourself for owning such a lovely home, being your own designer and having the energy to go through such a renovation. your dining room looks gorgeous and i love the gray, green with the blond wood. it’s modern, but not cold.

  15. Chandler says:

    Beautiful. And so warm and simple—and so you!

  16. Leslie says:

    I love the new look, especially the gray wall!

  17. Sara says:

    I LOVE your Pantone green wall! I have a wall like that in my house too and the color is called Japanese Fern by Behr ( I think). My green wall is blank as well, but I’m thinking of using white paint and painting some birch trees on it.

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