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Living & Dining Room Makeover | What Stays & What Goes

Plans for a room makeover that will
update and refresh a tired space!

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The renovation begins today. I can’t believe I’m actually saying that, but it sure sounds good. It’s been over six weeks since our toilet overflowed and this whole process was put into motion. I definitely would not have planned it this way, but life rarely goes according to plan. 

(For those of you who don’t know what I’m talking about, our downstairs toilet overflowed and our flooring had to be torn out due to the water damage in the entry, hallway, half bath & kitchen.)

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I have been dreaming about hardwood floors for years and have been saving my money for a while. I had enough saved, I thought, to perhaps begin to think about shopping for floors. I was still thinking maybe in 2018…definitely not before this fall. As sometimes happens, the decision was made for me and my time table went flying out the window. 

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To prepare for the work to begin, we moved all of our furniture, except the antique dresser, into the garage. We wanted to make it as easy as possible for the flooring crew and for the carpenters coming when the floors are finished. We are having all new baseboards installed plus a few extra updates. 

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I’ve been obsessed with board and batten paneling since the first time I saw it. It’s seen a surge in popularity with the Farmhouse Style trend, but it’s actually been around for centuries and originated in Europe.  In fact, it’s in Violet’s sitting room in the Dower House on Downton Abbey. Anyway, when I found out we had to replace the baseboards, I decided it was now or never. Next to the hardwoods, I’m most excited about the board and batten. 

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So what’s the plan? The best way to start planning a project like this is to decide what goes and what stays. After that, you can decide, according to your budget, what you need to purchase. Here are my lists:

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Room Makeover: what goes

  • Carpet (Yay!)
  • Area rug is relocating
  • Dining Room chandelier
  • Dining Room wallpaper
  • Window panels

Room Makeover: what stays

  • Sofa, chairs & footstools
  • Antique dresser
  • Blue cabinet between chairs
  • Coffee table & End tables
  • Dining room furniture
  • Dough bowl and blanket ladder
  • Navy slipper chairs

Room Makeover: what’s new

  • Hardwood floors throughout
  • Board and batten paneling in dining room
  • Dining room chandelier
  • Window treatments & pillows
  • Area rugs

 

I’m not sure about the rug. It looks sort of taupe but in some pictures it looked beige and ivory. To make sure, I have ordered a 2 x 3 so I can see the color and texture in person. If I like it, I’ll order a big one. I’m also not sure if I want a rug in the dining room or not. I may have to actually see the furniture put back in place before I can decide on that. 

So that’s where we are right now. I’ll keep you updated but I’ll be careful not to get annoying about it. I’ll still be sharing new ideas as often as I can. Thank you so much for stopping by…see you soon.

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