This week I'm posting about our dining room. This photo shows the view of the dining room from our living room with the door to a bathroom on the left and the staircase to our upstairs on the right.
A real estate photo of our dining room. Paint can make a big difference! We painted the walls, baseboards, chair rail, and windows to brighten up the room.
This wall between the dining room and kitchen came down. We also replaced the linoleum floor in the kitchen, and moved a radiator that was originally right next to our fridge.
After our contractors took down the wall! See the waste stack and water lines on the left? We weren't expecting that, but our contractors were able to move it to the left and box it in with minimal intrusion into the room. Under the linoleum in the kitchen was this plywood that had been glued and nailed down over the subfloor. The cabinets were placed above this plywood, so all of that had to come up so that we could have a smooth flow of floor from the dining room to the kitchen. See those cabinets and soffits in the kitchen? It really looks so much better now. If you haven't seen the kitchen renovation, here is the link. http://www.hiuankanghaaga.com/blog/2017/1/2/our-kitchen
Another shot of the space created by taking down the wall. The contractors lay new oak floor in the kitchen, and feathered the wood into the dining room. To match the color, they sanded down the dining room floors and re-stained everything. We love our new floors!
I should have included this picture in the kitchen reno post, but I only found it recently in my Iphone pictures. Our contractors took out these cabinets, replaced the floors, and installed recessed lights. Before they brought the lower cabinets back, Ritter, my brother Luke and I painted the kitchen.
Every time I look at our kitchen and dining room I am thankful for my husband. He made our dining room table and these benches. He will insist that I helped, but really he did about 90% of the work. We got the pipe leg instructions from https://www.lowes.com/creative-ideas/woodworking-and-crafts/pipe-frame-harvest-table/project
The wood for the benches are the same ones we used for the shelves in the kitchen. We got our wood from Riverbend Sawmill in Leesburg, Virginia.
The benches are put together with two long screws connecting the legs and the support beam. The top of the bench is connected to the support beam with four corner braces.
The table top is made of two Ikea countertops that are held together by three boards. The top is the now discontinued Numerar countertops - solid wood, and wonderful. Since they were being discontinued, we were able to buy them 80% off!
The vase on the table is by my talented brother Luke Kang.
Crystal glasses are from Ritter's grandparents.
The salad plate is from Anthropologie.
The teacups and dinner plates are Lenox china from the 1940s. The table runner is from Tommy Hilfiger .
The back of a plate from Anthropologie. https://www.anthropologie.com/shop/from-the-deep-dinner-plate?category=kitchen-dinner-plates&color=040
The rug is the Ristinge from Ikea. http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/20314660/
The painting on the left is by one of my undergrad professors Ted Murphy. The middle piece is a pastel drawing by Luke Kang, and the fabric piece on the right is mine.
We bought the hutches in Korea - $60 for both of them. The second hand store didn't seem to put much value to them, but we loved them at first sight. They thought that they might be from China - does anyone have any ideas?
We have six of the Eames replica chairs, and we use two of them in the dining room.
The console table is from Ikea. http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/00251814/ and the square Ribba frames are also from Ikea. http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/60078034/ Awesome bust is from Luke Kang. Square plate is from Vista Alegre - by Beatriz Lamanna. http://vistaalegre.com/int/alma-do-porto-charger-plate-21110454-int
Mixing bowls from CB2. Fabric from Niger, and also a fabric I designed that is sold through Minted. http://www.minted.com/product/fabric/MIN-37C-NFC/many-moons
Apple picking baskets in two different sizes.
I found the Lenox china at a thrift store while my dad happened to be in town. He bought these for us and I love them!
Salad plate from Anthropologie. https://www.anthropologie.com/shop/from-the-deep-dinner-plate?category=kitchen-dinner-plates&color=040
The top two plates are from Vista Alegre. Crystal and Lenox china is vintage.
We don't eat meat, so we eat a lot of beans!
The view of the kitchen from the dining room.
We set up our bar after election day.
The plaque on the wall commemorates Ritter's military service in Korea.