Dining Room Plans Are Served

As soon as we found a house I was (of course) immediately drawn to the corner of the interwebs I think we all know too well, full of all types of juicy things to look at. Yes, pinterest, my fellow house renovation addicts. This is the land of obsession and alllll kinds of inspiration.

Ever since our offer was accepted, I started thinking about how I wanted our Dining Room to look once the space was finished. It’s the first room you see when you walk into the house, and right now – it’s screams 1992.

Dining Room with Built in

I LOVE built-ins. I do not love these built-ins.

Dining Room Built in

That being said, even though they look sorta funky, I’ve found even after just a few weeks of living here that they’re functional. Really great storage and with a small kitchen, they’re a perfect place to store those huge casserole dishes you pull out like twice a year.

So although I know we’ll be getting rid of these particular built-ins, I do think I’d like to keep the concept going with our new dining room plans as we continue to renovate down the road. So with my pinterest obsessed way, I stumbled across this gem and it’s officially become my inspiration for what I’d like to do with the space.

Built-ins in Dining Room

I mean – if I ever find this style table on craigslist, I’m going to literally die and stop whatever I’m doing to go and get that sucker. I swear, it’s just the loveliest thing I’ve ever laid eyes on. And truly, as much as I love those linen chairs, with a one-year old, that’s just not happening. Unless your going for a modern tie die effect via spaghetti sauce everywhere.
Grasscloth in Dining Room

We’ve also got chair rail in this room, so this dining room photo caught my attention, too.  Eventually we plan on adding in some nice trim beneath the chair rail to make the room look a bit more polished and finished. In the more immediate term, we’ll just plan on painting it white though.

If my budget allowed for grass cloth, I’d be all the heck over that, but alas, a gallon of paint is a whole lot cheaper, so for now I’m thinking Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter which should give the room a similar look. Not nearly as classy, I know, but hey – it’s the look for less, right?!

Since this room also opens up into the foyer, I want to keep the color consistent in both spaces.

Entryway landing

My heart is so drawn to entries like this. Swoon. That picture is enough to make me want to buy a country farmhouse with 200-year old pine floors.

Farmhouse Entry Way

Or something like this … an old dresser off craigslist with some sweet little lamps on it?

Entry Way

So these days, you’ll find me with paint brush in hand, doing some hard core craigslist searching on the side 😉 Next up I’ll have some after photos of our Dining Room. It’s in progress now – can’t wait to share the changes with y’all!


True story. The other day someone came to our house to buy something off of craigslist, and do you know what they said? They said they liked our wallpaper in the foyer. Wait, let me say that again. That they liked our wallpaper in the foyer. Now it’s a good thing that Jay was the one assisting them, since ya know, I think I would have snort laughed at them, and that might have been considered rude.

Yes, this wallpaper.

Blue and White Wallpaper

Now, this wallpaper gives me nightmares. The dang stuff creeps me out. It’s like old fashioned people dressed in blue are staring at me all the time. I just couldn’t handle it. So this weekend, I smiled nicely at Jay, handed him a scrapper and said, son – let’s get to gettin.

Lucky for us (although tedious) this stuff slides right off like butta (MUCH easier than our last round of removal).

Like full sheets. The top layer practically came off in sheets just pulling it off with our bare hands.

Removing Wallpaper

Side note – have you guys been to Savannah? Jay and I came to the conclusion that the pink hue underneath all this wallpaper reminded us a lot of the Old Pink House in Savannah. Truth. This also gave me the creeps, since you know, that’s haunted and all.

Old Pink Walls

Our general system is that Jay would come through and remove the top sheet of wallpaper, while I would spray everything down underneath, and come back through to scrap off the sublayer and glue beneath. This, turns out, was quite messy.

Removing Wallpaper on Steps

Once I had gone through and scraped off everything that I could reach, it was Jay’s turn to get the higher spots throughout the house. Tag teamin’ it.

How to Remove Wallpaper

Now, we knew there was probably a reason why this entire space was wallpapered (including the ceiling in the upstairs hallway) so although it wasn’t a pleasant discovery, I can’t say we were surprised to find some serious crack action happening on our walls. Since the basement issue wasn’t dealt with for quite a while, and it seems like the previous owners opted to cover things up vs. deal with them (wallpapering vs. fixing the basement), there are some settlement cracks in the house that we’ve had to work around as we go from room to room. That’s how the cookie crumbles when you buy a 1939 home though.

Cracking Wall in Old House

Now that the blue and white nightmare is down, I’m starting to get some ideas of what I’d like to do with the space. Chalk it up to all the cracks, but I’m thinking that I might add some more wallpaper! 😉 Something a bit more subtle though, perhaps like the grass cloth wallpaper shot I’ve got below, with wainscoting down below (like the master).

Grasscloth Wallpaper

And although this really doesn’t look like progress, we’re pretty darn happy to have our hallway looking like this these days.

Removing Wallpaper on Steps

Instead of this.

Blue and White Wallpaper

The orange tabby, meanwhile, just wants to fit in as many naps as possible. 🙂 Jay, turns out, was happy to join him post wallpaper removal.

Cat Nap



Pinterest. Seriously, how did we live without it? When it came to transforming our downstairs bath, I knew that I wanted to do something a bit different than I usually do, but still neutral and tres chic, ya know what I mean? 🙂 The upstairs bathroom is overall, pretty white. Love the look, but I was ready to grab my sir mix-a-lot hat with the basement bath just to add some spice to our life.

I lurrrve the look of a grasscloth bathroom … but … I would have to hire someone to put up wallpaper, and I can paint with my own two hands. That would mean that paint gets the first vote. 🙂 But seriously, grass cloth needs to enter my life soon.

Grass Cloth Powder Room
Grass Cloth Bathroom

Here is another classy grasscloth bathroom. Drool.

Grasscloth Bathroom
Grasscloth Bathroom

I don’t have the guts to go quite this dark in the downstairs bathroom, but it is definitely a look that I absolutely love! Maybe in the next house 🙂

Black Bath

Another look I think would be super fun in a powder room/smaller bathroom is a wainscoting treatment. After reno-ing our basement entry with wainscoting, I’m not quite as afraid of the process. I think something like this is a bit unexpected in a bathroom and really pops.

Small Powder Room
Wainscoting Bathroom

The final look for the basement bath is still coming together – but pinterest has surely been a treasure trove of ideas! 🙂 Anyone else out there working on bath renos right now?