Let the Dining Room Decorating Begin!

dining room decor

This last dining room wall... what a jerk. No, wait... I don't think that accurately describes how I felt trying to finish this thing. Thaaaaat's more like it. It took FOREVER to finish. Between losing steam, losing patience, and running out of beer, this damn wall refused to be conquered for the longest time. But, as most things happen in this house, with enough swearing and sanding, my dining room is now 100% painted. I'm taking some detailed step-by-step photos while I finish … [Read more...]

Revisiting Mom and Dad’s Dining Room

A few months ago, I shared a fun makeover Dad and I did to his dining room. The whole idea was that the ugly paneling needed to go, but because it would be far more work to take it down and put drywall up, we instead drywalled over it. And then, we added some shaker-style wainscoting to the bottom half of the wall (something Mom has been wanting for about 16 years!). We were no pros at this task, but I'm still pretty proud of our work. It took a lot of elbow grease, but once all of the … [Read more...]

I Am A Design Blogger Cliché… But I Still Like It

fiddle leaf fig dining room

I could have called this post "Fit as a Fiddle" or made some other kind of pun per the usual. I even considered playing on some kind of funny Adam & Eve thing about fig leaves and how much this plant seems to enjoy summer showers. But all of that would still tell you one thing: I'm Sarah, a home improvement/design blogger. And I have a fiddle leaf fig tree. I never heard about these plants before I saw them on Emily Henderson's blog (who has killer design taste btw). But at first, … [Read more...]

Dining Room: Paint!

Olympic Smoke Blue dining room

Okay, so we've both been waiting long enough for this one. My dining room has NEW PAINT, BABY. Bla-DOW! This is the first room where I've ever gone BIG with color. I stepped outside my comfort zone of gray (and more gray) and went for deep, moody, vibrant blue. And so far, I'm really, really liking it. Remember how I did my mom and dad's dining room using Olympic ONE Paint + Primer? During that same trip to the hardware store, I snagged a gallon for myself as well. I hadn't … [Read more...]

Painting Prep after Drywall Repair

painting prep

Last post before the  new paint, promise! I had to wait for the right lighting this afternoon to snap a few photos, so those are being edited. But since new drywall (or in my case, repaired drywall) is a little different than just slapping up a coat of paint, I thought covering some info on the prep work was worthy of writing about first. When you are dealing with repairing damaged drywall after wallpaper removal, there are a number of things you have to stay on top of. One, of course, … [Read more...]

The Dining Room: Ready for Paint

finished walls dining room

As of this evening, I will officially be done with staring at white walls in my dining room. And it's about damn time, because it feels like I've been staring and sanding the same wall for a month now. Oh wait – that's completely accurate. The hardest part about skim coating is staying patient. When you hit a certain point, you start negotiating with your own self on just how much smoother can you really get with an additional skim coat. Are those little imperfections really going to … [Read more...]

A Lesson in Patience

fan on oil primer in dining room

When I last left off in the dining room, I mentioned I'd probably paint the walls with some oil primer to make sure that nothing bubbles up when I put a second thin coat of joint compound on the walls (to fix any bumps or lumps from wallpaper removal). Well, fast forward a couple of days (and a lot of airing out), and the dining room now has a fresh coat of oil primer. And I'm getting so impatient because the walls look smooth already. I am itching to paint the walls yesterday. But, I … [Read more...]

One Hell of an Arm Workout

The dining room is at an awkward stage right now. Awkward, as in if I showed you a picture of this room yesterday, it would have looked exactly the same as today. Only the difference between them is a couple of hours spent sanding joint compound with my new favorite tool. And therefore rubbery arms. But I'm grateful to find new ways to get in shape (she said, sarcastically). To give you the full history of progress, let's backtrack a bit: The wallpaper was taken down, which left an … [Read more...]

Next Up: MY Dining Room

dining room mood board

Maybe it's that Mom and Dad's dining room is now finished off so nicely, that I can't help but want one of my own. Or maybe it's that it's been months since I've worked on this room and I'm too project A.D.D. to not switch back whenever the hell I want to. Or, simply, I'm tired of having absolutely everything that belongs in the dining room and kitchen (including furniture) piled high in my living room like an episode of Hoarders. Yeah, probably the last one. But at any rate, I'm ready to get … [Read more...]

Mom and Dad’s Dining Room Reveal

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Remember back in March when Dad and I spent a weekend putting up drywall in his dining room? Maybe not, but trust me - it totally happened. And Mom was pretty excited when she got home from her birthday weekend and found that the makeover she's been waiting nearly twenty years for was finally happening.  Get ready for a lot of pictures (seriously- you're going to suddenly see why I do all of those partway, unfinished reveal posts by the end of this!). You see, normally, Dad comes … [Read more...]

Taping & Mudding (at Mom & Dad’s)

drywall

This weekend was pretty productive; I managed to finish the grout in the kitchen (pics on the next Dueling DIY update this Wednesday!) and Dad & I got the first coat of mud on all of the walls in his dining room: The pics were snapped as the sun was setting on day 2,  so most of it was already starting to dry.  Next steps for next weekend will be sanding & another coat of mud (& then one more sanding), and then the fun part begins.  If all goes to plan, our weekends should … [Read more...]

Picture Frame Molding Challenges: Outlets and Windows

picture molding

When it comes to molding, working around the obstacles of the room (like outlets, windows, or even the room not having perfectly level walls) is the biggest challenge.  In my dining room's picture molding project, I faced all three.  Here's how I got around them. Spacing First, let's start with spacing rules in general.  While researching this project online, I learned that there is no hard and fast rule for how far apart these boxes should be.  They often range from about 2¾ to 4 inches … [Read more...]