Before and After: Dining room

When we moved into the house, there wasn’t a designated dining room. There was room in the kitchen for a small table, but with 6 in our family, we needed a bit more room. We could have put the table in the addition, but what would go in the rest of the room? Even when we put the wall up to create our master, there would have been a large space of roughly 250 square feet.

kitchen dining

So, we put up another wall dividing what will become the en suite office (where the window bench and windows are) and our new dining room. There is still plenty of light because of where the large glass slider to the patio is located, right in the dining room!

dining room


Our bedroom is literally right off the dining room which at first I thought I would hate, but it really seems very natural now that we are living it. It is set up like the grownups have one section of the house and the boys have the other. Eventually, I plan to do some board and batten which is why the room is painted white on the bottom. This is your first glimpse of the wood floors! We have these throughout most of the house and I LOVE them. In our last place the floors were darker and they showed every.single.crumb. just like my sister-in-law told me they would, but I ignored her and did it anyway. These lighter floors are so much better for neat-freak-moms-of-boys like me. They also have a rustic beat up look so I’m not stressing about the boys playing with their cars and scratching them.

dining room 1


We have had the hutch since we were expecting Carter. In fact, we purchased it to use as his changing table and it worked great! It has since made its way throughout our home(s). The dining table has made two moves as well and the chairs came from our last house (an AWESOME craigslist find scoring Ballard Design dining chairs for 1/6 of the normal price). So, aside from the walls themselves, only the light fixture is new here.

Ignore that the transition piece is missing between the two rooms. If I waited to show you pictures until everything was perfect, you would never seen anything on this blog.



  1. heather! this looks great! help us find a good fixer upper for when we move back next spring! you’re one talented girl.

  2. I’m really enjoying reading about your new home and how you are making it your own. I have missed your blog posts and after reading your recent posts about your new home, I can understand and see how busy you have been lately! I love your and your Mom’s styles of decorating – in fact, I picked out our tile for our bathrooms and kitchen after falling in love with your tile that you used in your old house that looks like wood planks.

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