Dining room progress

Hello everyone. I hope you had a fantastic weekend. The weather in rural Pennsylvania is beautiful today. Maybe spring is finally here for good? (We had a snowstorm last week!)

Well, I hope none of you have been holding your breath, waiting for an update on my dining room project, because I just realized that February was the last time I did anything in that room. Sheesh!

Fortunately, I finally kicked my own tush in gear (not literally … that would be sort of hard to do) and worked on the room over the weekend. I even got the hubster to help me out, which made things go a lot faster.

If you remember (I won’t hold it against you if you don’t), my goal is to play up the crown molding in the room by adding a chair rail and picture frame/box molding (in the same color) to the lower half of the walls. For all the deets of my plan, click here and here.

This is the progress I’ve made as of yesterday.

I’m using the exact semi-gloss white trim paint from Sherwin Williams that was used on the trim throughout our house. This has made it a breeze to paint around windows, baseboards, etc. The rest of the room is painted with Behr’s Cinnabar, if you’re wondering. I LOVE this color and have received tons of compliments on it.

My next step? Install the chair rail. I plan on purchasing that molding at 84 Lumber. I’ve found the prices are usually lower there than at the big box home improvement stores.

After that? Install picture frame/box molding throughout the room. The end result should look something like this:

Regarding curtains for the space, I’m experiencing quite a conundrum over finding ones I like. I have literally been looking at fabric swatches for more than a year with no luck. So the search continues …

Before I go, I wanted to let you know that I am super excited about sharing a video with you soon that will feature a very special guest (my dad) who will be showing us how  to cut molding to fit seamlessly into a space (no buckets of wood filler, caulk or putty needed). My dad always likes to say, “A little putty and a lot of paint make a carpenter what he ain’t.”

So let’s all learn how to do it right, shall we? 🙂

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8 Responses

  1. Cindy Stone says:

    Tell your Dad we want to see him smiling while he works. Hahaha Next thing ya know, people will be asking for his autograph. 🙂

  2. Hi Susan,
    I’ve been your follower/reader and just want to let you that I love your House tour. We have been wanting to add picture frame/box molding to our dining room as well, the last picture you have is the same one I’ve in my inspiration folder. Looking forward to the video. Thanks!

  3. Darlene says:

    I love the progress of the dining room. We did the exact same thing on the bottom of the chair rail at our previous house. Using the trim color really gave it a look of wood panels. I am not sure if you did this or not, I can’t tell from the pictures…if you paint your ceiling a little bit creamier that your white trim color, your crown molding will pop out more than if your ceiling is white. We just did this and it really made a difference and now the molding doesn’t blend into the ceiling color…
    Looking forward to seeing the progress you make!
    Thanks for your inspiration!

  4. Margaret Varner says:

    I love it!! Been wanting this look for yrs. Great job at the colors. Curtains: I was thinking maybe a beige or something like that to offset it all? I need decorator, bad, lol

    • Susan says:

      Thanks, Marg. We are on the same page with the beige curtain idea. I’d like to bring in something that incorporates a beige (to tie in with the living room) and maybe white and chocolate brown as well. I’m still hunting. Some curtains are $100 a panel. No way, Jose!

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