I thought I’d share a little progress report about our dining room aka library. We selected this room to paint first cause we thought it was gonna be easy. WERE WE EVER WRONG. Face palms forehead. Were we ever stinkin’ wrong. Here’s how it went down: we thought, oh there’s no wall paper to peel, this will be easy. Just minor clean up on the walls, and patch and paint.
We lived in this fantasy land until we found two layers, that’s right, two layers of wall paper. One a construction paper texture in dark green, and the other heavy canvas that was cut out for each square in the wall. Let me tell you something, there was a moment of fear and crying and our hearts sinking because we knew how long this would take. All in, it took us mid July to September. Keep in mind there were some vacations in there, and other stuff, plus a friend staying with us helped for a few days. But wow, I don’t like having a room under construction for that long. All our furniture was out in the hall way, we’re bumping into stuff, etc. Renovating a major room, like living room, dining room, kitchen is the toughest. When we did our bedroom, it took us two weeks and that wasn’t so bad.
So, onto the renovation drama! Here’s the status.
Dining Room Pros: The ceiling was in great shape. We had to do very little work, just a few small patches. What killed us: because the humidity we had some bonding issues with the patches, and everything came loose and we had to do it again!
Dining Room Cons: All the boxes on the wall. Holy cow, we scraped, patched and sanded all those boxes. So. Much. Work. And dirty sanding work at that. Give me a plain wall to repair any day. I’m not a baby when it comes to doing stuff like this, but my hands had blisters, and then the sanding was horrible. Another con was the peeling paint that needs to be removed around the french doors. We are still not finished with those, any time you remove paint from a door with all those nooks and little places to work around, it’s gonna take forever.
Worth it? YES and I’ll tell you why. I hate the color yellow in my own home. I do like the color yellow in general, just not in my house. I see other people use it beautifully, it’s just not for me. Color is SO emotional, that having all this yellow actually affected my mood. It put me in a bad mood!! I know yellow should make you happy, but every time I looked at it I would get the creepy crawlies and cringe.
This is an in-between update and next we’ll begin to design the room. Big items on the to-do list are drapery and a light fixture. We also need to take a hard look at the furniture in this room. I don’t like the table and chairs. The table I want to get rid of and the chairs I’ll repurpose. I like my butlers shelf in there for now, but I’d love to get a buffet that’s much lower. I like the lower furniture option for the buffet because it won’t clash with a lower light when looking in the room from the dining room. The large rug is new and staying. We need a lot of upholstered chairs and maybe even a high back love seat. One big design challenge I have is I kinda hate the book shelves. (I know, blah.) They look really cluttered and disorganized. I haven’t decided how to address that but putting some chairs in front of them would certainly lighten the visual clutter blow. This is why decorating is not a fast process! You really have to identify what your problem areas are and find a solution. I also have to add some height to the top of the book shelves. I have a bunch of collections up there now, but they need height and division.
Hope you enjoyed seeing where we stand now, and what’s happening at Stony Ford. This is a really long term project but it’s exciting to see it come together. Next up, I’ll share the progress on our bedroom in January. Thanks for following along!
Susan, I have been watching this blog for a couple of years with intense interest. I LOVE your blog and your Vlog’s. You and your husband are an inspiration, so much so that I am buying a 100 year old Tudor revival house and my inspections are today. I was like a crazy lady on the phone when the inspector thought I was crazy for hiring a second inspector with structural engineering background and he tests for mold. But I fought back and said Susan from House of Brinson says so!!!!! Hehe!!!!
I’m thinking of doing my own blog and helping others as well. Your colors are divine and I want to do something like that similarly. Unfortunately I don’t have all the beautiful thick trim you do but more wood.
Thank you again for all you advice and you are one talented chick!!! I really really think you should have a decorating, designing class. You have so much talent and in person I bet you would be wonderful to listen to you.
Good luck with your beautiful Home.
Genie! I’m so excited to know how your inspection went! It’s a fun ride owning an old home. Tudors are beautiful homes and provide their own set of design challenges, that I find fun to solve. For instance if you feel there is too much wood, can you add a textile to counter balance that, etc.
Thank you Genie for following along! We are so excited for you! ~Susan and Will
I love the rich color of your dining room. Who is it by and what type of finish did you go with?
The color is HAGUE BLUE NO.30 by Farrow and Ball. Link here Estate Emulsion