DINING ROOM RENO UPDATE ON THE HOUSE ON COTTAGE GROVE

Hello there! Thanks for stopping in for this 3rd day in a row of my series on the progress being made on my latest fixer upper. Today I’ll be giving you a Dining Room reno update on The House On Cottage Grove. And in case you missed it, check out this week’s other reno blog posts by clicking below:

Progress on the Dining Room

Below are photos of the original Dining Room. It’s a room only the original owner could love, isn’t it? But I could see the potential hidden behind all that stuff!

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First off, I decided to remove the built in cabinet you see on the left in the photo below. It opened up the room, making it feel much more spacious. In doing so we uncovered some beautiful beadboard paneling which I decided to keep, creating a wainscoting effect around the room that you’ll see in some of the following photos.

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I also ripped out that odd archway you see in the photo below. That really served to open up the room even more.

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We then ripped out the thin, plywood walls and added insulation and new board & batten. We also ripped out the paneling on the ceiling and once again found beautiful wood. Beams were added and voila, we had a much more open and airy space.

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The beams were stained and the beadboard wainscotting was painted in the same rich, lovely green as the kitchen & living room. The green paint is called “YOGI” Behr Premium Plus Ultra from Home Depot.

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Above the wainscoting I painted the board & batten walls in Behr Premium Plus Ultra in “Natural Almond” by Home Depot.  We will be installing 2 antique brass wall sconces on the wall in the photo below.

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Today I spent 3 full hours polishing decades of tarnish off of them and still didn’t get them entirely clean.

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Tomorrow we will rewire them and hang them on the Dining Room wall. By the way, I purchased them at my favorite shop on the mountain, Bella’s.

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I decided to retain the original built in buffet.

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We prepped and then painted it, breathing new life into what will become valuable storage space.

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The drawer knobs will be installed today. And, I’ve started to play around with the decor but as you can see, it’s still a work in progress.

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As awful as the decor of the original house was, it turns out that the house was kind of a treasure-trove of good old stuff. Stuff that many would have discarded. But I’ve done enough of this to know a good thing when I see it. So when I found the 3 old chairs you see below stored in the garage of The House On Cottage Grove I knew I had something good. As worn out as they appear, they were still very sturdy, made of good quality hardwood. And I thought the carved wood seatbacks were lovely.

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With the help of my bestie Lisa, we chalk painted the chairs in Annie Sloan Old White. We then finished them with Annie Sloan Dark Brown Wax. Finally, we gave them a sealing topcoat of General Finishes Flat Out Flat. I’m also currently working on reupholstering the seat cushions.

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This was the original table that had lived in the dining room previously. It had a matching set of 6 chairs but I decided to use them elsewhere.

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That’s because with the addition of a new built in bench in the bay window I would only be needing 3 dining chairs. I’m currently having a custom cushion made for the window seat using the same fabric I’m upholstering the chair seat cushions in.

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A hinged door was added to the window seat for additional storage.

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So, we also chalk painted the dining table (photo is in progress), giving it a beautiful new life.

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And today we hung a new chandelier over the dining table. Its called the Regal French Chandelier by Wisteria and retails for $239.97. But it’s being closed out right now at a price of $97. 97. Darned if I didn’t pay the higher price!

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We’re making progress folks!

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Stay tuned for photos of the finished Dining Room coming very soon!

So there you have it: DINING ROOM RENO UPDATE ON THE HOUSE ON COTTAGE GROVE

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Comments

  • Looking good! It’s so nice that you were actually able to revive some of the pieces left behind by the previous owners. I think it really adds to the charm and history of the cabin. I’ve loved everything you’ve done so far.

  • Yes, I was really lucky that this old “charmer” had a lot of good stuff left behind that I could repurpose.