Our dining room has morphed a lot over the two years we’ve lived here.
We started with this:
Then I made us a new table:
Then we added the chairs and banquette:
But this summer it truly started:
And now it looks like this:
In the dining room we tore down the wall, removed the pantry and replaced the flooring/wall/ceiling from the demo. We also removed the popcorn ceiling, installed IKEA light fixtures above the table and painted the room white.
On our brand new wall we built a shelving unit using IKEA Expedit shelves. We used one 4×2 unit and two 5×1 units. My husband secured the top 5×1 to the wall using heavy duty brackets. Since we tore out our pantry, I moved all the food into the cupboards and now I can use this shelving unit as my open shelving for my dishes. It makes unloading the dishwasher a breeze. And I love the pops of color from my pyrex, glass bottles and cast iron cookware.
Between the bottom two units he installed a small butcher block desk for my laptop (yay!). We also got an island from the IKEA Varde series. It houses some of our more used things, like cutting boards, sandwich bags, tupperware and (of course) snacks.
The light fixture over the island is one I found at a garage sale for $4. It was ugly brass so I spray painted it Rustoleum Charcoal.
We also repainted the kitchen area, changing it from a leaf green color to Behr’s Cozumel.
I just love looking at all we’ve accomplished. And by “we” I mostly mean “my husband”. He worked hard. Very hard. Are you all ready to come over and enjoy it? Potluck? Game night? Backyard movie night? Canning day?
I’m now looking forward to cooking, entertaining and enjoying the fruits of our labor.
One last look.