Casual. Comfortable. Classic. Functional.These are all words I had on my mind as I set out to makeover our family living space- the den and dining room- during this spring's One Room Challenge. I am SO delighted to report that this space achieved all of that... and so much more. Let me back up a bit and give you a quick overview of the history of this space. When you think of a 1950's ranch style home, often times you think of choppy rooms and closed off kitchens. Our home was built in 1952 and while the flow is generally good, it definitely didn't have the big open spaces you see in newer homes that is ideal for today's family and entertaining. Here you can see the original view from the kitchen- we had an eating area and a closed off sun room. When baby boy number two was on his way, we decided to turn our formal dining room into a 4th bedroom and removed that brick wall to open our sun room to the kitchen which really opened up this area of our home. While this change didn't take place during the six week ORC, it definitely sparked this room transformation! Here you can see how it looked with the wall removed. The existing sun room space would quickly become a dumping ground for primary colors and plastic toys. It definitely served it's purpose and I loved having my young boys nearby when I was in the kitchen cooking dinner. But come on, one can only look at this every day for so long before going crazy. As the boys got older, their toys got bigger and this mama was ready for a change. The Big Sweet agreed and we discussed several options for how these rooms could evolve to serve our family best. Since the boys are older now we decided the toys could all be moved down to the finished basement which would become the new playroom. Out of sight, out of mind! Once the toys were removed, the old playroom would make a perfect informal dining room. The existing dining space would become a family den where we could casually sit as a family or entertain guests while cooking. As you know, people love hanging out in the kitchen, and I LOVE that these rooms are now an extension of the kitchen! So, now we have a dining space and a family den all attached to our kitchen. Pretty much a dream for a 1950's ranch, wouldn't you agree? Once we knew how these rooms would function, it was time to think about making them pretty. Here is where I started week one: Without further ado, here is the new and improved family hub. We hang out here. We eat here. We gather here. This truly is the heart of our home. I love the way it turned out, not only because I think it is the epitome of the style of our family, but it is so very functional too. We will start in the den/sitting area. I absolutely love having Secretariat hanging with us in this space. We were originally going to splurge on some new art. We couldn't agree on anything and I didn't want to rush it. And that's OK, we apparently we aren't quite ready to be grown-ups yet. ha. So, I found this photo of Secretariat and he is now this large-and-in-charge frame fills the wall...for around $9. That dining table is the same black one we have had for 10 years. I wanted to give it a weathered driftwood look and was so excited to use Velvet Finishes paint. It exceeded my expectations- even the Big Sweet couldn't believe it was the same table. The cowhide chairs had been hanging in our basement just waiting to be used again. Here is the full tutorial on that project. We painted the room Benjamin Moore Cloud White and kept the existing haint blue paneled ceiling . I love the bright white space now with the mix of colors. The curtains were an Ikea explosion- as in, 10 drapes of white linen curtains... and countless hours spent with a drill and my playlist. I absolutely LOVE the white on white. Make that white, on white, on white- the West Elm chandelier we splurged on years ago is a great airy piece. I originally thought we would get a new lantern piece but this works so great! And here is the view from the kitchen. Phew! Now it's time to just relax and enjoy this space! And maybe even help this little buddy do his Paw Patrol puzzle... (and check out all of the other reveals!)
Kohl's | Mohawk Rugs | Velvet Finishes Paint | Minted
Want to catch up on how this room came together?
Tutorials coming soon on the painted dining room table and the large Secretariat framed print.
And of course, thanks to Linda at Calling it Home for this fun event each spring and fall. I do love the motivation it provides- and just think about how many rooms have been transformed through her fun idea!
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