ABM Studio: The Dining Room (Progress!)

 Dining room progressHey friends! I'm here today to share some progress that we've made in our soon-to-be dining room! In this room I achieved one of my big goals which was to paint something a "not white". I love how the deep gray makes the new bright white trim pop. I'm excited to host parties and dinners in this room.

There is still so much more I want to do in here-but first, a little walk down memory lane… 

A Beautiful Mess dining room (before)This is how the dining room looked on the day we closed. We found a Springfield Magazine (old local mag) from 1993 left in the built-in, and this room looked EXACTLY the same. With that said, we didn't feel too guilty about giving it a little makeover, while still keeping its innate charm. It's not totally different though, just updated! We decided to keep the light fixture and refresh the room by just removing the border and painting everything. Skim coatingFirst there was a ton of skim coating. The walls in our 100-year-old home had tons of cracks from settling. We had to have the house reinforced (jacked up from the basement, so that it will not continue to sag) before skim coating, because that can cause additional cracks. 

Choosing the color was a big thing. All of my instincts were pushing me to white, but I really wanted to branch out. We chose gray because it's deeper and more moody, but still very versatile for party throwing. Dining room progress Dining room progress I'm so glad we branched out and tried a new color! I love the mood in the room now. I still want to paint the metal on the chandelier (probably gold, maybe white?) and add more crystals.Dining room progress   Time to fill up up the built-in cabinet! 

Dining room progress    Here's a peek into the kitchen. I'm enjoying the room-to-room views so far! 

What's next on the to-do list? I already mentioned the chandelier. We'd love to build a bench style table this time. I'll be on the hunt for some light curtains. We'll probably be moving the new bar cart in here. In general, I just want to collect all the basics to throw a killer party! I can't wait to get to the stage where it's all tablescapes and flowers, but first tables and chairs (or benches). So much to do! xo. Elsie 

Credits// Author and Photography: Elsie Larson

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