In case you’re new here or missed last week, I’m working my hiney off, as well as my hubby’s, to turn my formal dining room, currently being used as a poorly designed playroom with dining room furniture, into an actual playroom with dining room potential – aka a multi-purpose room! This week I’m also looking for your opinion on a design choice – Maybe it’s because it’s week 3 – the halfway point – but I’m drawing a blank. Help!
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So, last we talked, our room was looking a bit like this:
I’d love to tell you we’ve turned a huge corner – we haven’t. We’re working hard, but much of what we’re working on ends up looking about the same, which is a little frustrating!
First, some fun updates – our storage benches are here!
When duty calls, they can move into place using the attached casters, to become comfortable and durable table benches. Loving them, aren’t you? What I’m not loving? That dirty floor!
Now back to the work!
We’ve mainly focused on getting our built-in’s completed, and although they aren’t quite finished, we’re getting close.
You might remember my mentioning we’d received the cabinets we used from a friend remodeling their kitchen for the best price ever – free. The great thing about them? They were free. The not so great things about them? Well, all three cabinets were different sizes, which means their doors were different sizes, and their hardware was fitted differently on each door. They were also made of different materials which made making them appear to be one unit a teeny bit challenging!
After a bit of trimming – one was taller than the other – and a whole lot of priming and painting, we were able to get the bases set.
This week was all about finishing the bases! We decided to get the doors installed first before completing the counter, to ensure the cabinet doors were where they should be and could be closed. At that point, we realized that all of the hardware wasn’t going to fit the same way and that we’d not marked anything when we took them off. Doh!
After a few hours of some light cussing and maybe the throwing of at least one hidden hinge that may or may not have been missing a screw, the doors were finally mounted!
The insides of the cabinets also received a bit of love in the form of all-over contact paper! It’s washable, it’s easy to apply, and it looks so lovely!
I’m still trying to figure out cabinet hardware for the doors in the way of pulls and was hoping you might be kind enough to share your opinion! I want to keep it simple. I’m drawn to both of the ring-pulls below but like the simplicity of the bar and knob. What do you think? Cast your vote in the comments!
Next, came the counter-top. After a bit of research, we decided to create the counter-top using 8′ boards between 4-6″ wide, and to fasten it using our Kreg-jig that we’ve had for about 3+ years and have never used!
Once we figured out how to use it (thank you, April) and we found our groove, everything moved pretty quickly.
There was a lot of sanding to follow and a good staining using Rustoleum Gel Stain in Aged Oak. Lucky for us we’ve had perfect weather for staining and sanding and could do most of it outside.
Finally, we finished removing the crown molding from above the cabinets to make room for the shelving and added a bold splash of color, Glidden’s True Navy in Satin finish, that will show through the shelves. Below is the first coat.
And this is how it looks today!
We’ve also begun work on the top shelves for the built-in.
And we’ve got a handy electrician in to start working on our lighting – super excited to share that with you next week!
All in all, a reasonably productive week. I’m feeling good about our progress, but I’m also feeling the stress of all there is left to do. It’s crunch time!
So, here is where we are on our to-do list:
built-ins || these will be along the main wall and visible from all angles
table || build a restoration hardware table with a fold-out top
storage/dining benches || benches that will work for dining and toy storage
new dining chairs || side chairs useable as dining chairs
artwork || something fun but appropriate for a dining room
mobile storage cart || this will work as the primary book storage for the playroom
paint || a neutral color that reflects natural light and a colorful feature wall
rug || pattern, texture, and color
lighting || less “chandelier” like overhead, table lamps and recessed lighting
window treatments || updated and cordless
SO excited to have crossed a few off the list! I’m hoping that this list moves like feast or famine with now being the famine.. the feast of checking things off is coming! I hope! Yikes!
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