The Dining Room is Coming Along

This is a view of the dining room in June of last year. As much as I’d like to say the dining room is finished I got sidetracked by a million other projects.

I started with an almost empty room.
I started with an almost empty room.

So in that year we’ve mostly used the dining room as a catchall for paint cans, tools, boxes of music, all sorts of clutter.

We had a party on New Year's Eve but the paneling was only half painted and the top of the walls were primed.
We had a party on New Year’s Eve but the paneling was only half painted and the top of the walls were primed.

We did use it for Christmas dinner and a New Year’s Eve party but the orderly appearance didn’t last long.

The wallpaper above the paneling has been removed and the walls primed.
The wallpaper above the paneling has been removed and the walls primed.

So far I’ve removed the blue wallpaper.

After removing the wallpaper the next step was to paint the crown molding.
After removing the wallpaper the next step was to paint the crown molding.

Then I painted the cornice molding.

Revere Pewter on the dining room ceiling accents the white cornice molding.
Revere Pewter on the dining room ceiling accents the white cornice molding.

Painted the ceiling with Revere Pewter.

I've begun to hang the wallpaper.
I’ve begun to hang the wallpaper. The ceiling and adjacent wall are painted Revere Pewter.

I ordered wallpaper to hang above the paneling.  It takes me a while to hang a whole room of wallpaper but I couldn’t wait to see how it would look so I hung a few pieces.

The whole dining room list looks like this:

  • Remud any holes, seams, or dips to make a smooth wall.
  • Wipe down the entire wall with vinegar and water to remove any residual wallpaper glue and to further smooth the plaster.
  • Paint the ceiling. We used Edgecomb Grey in the adjacent kitchen.  I’ll either use this in the dining room or go one shade darker to really make the cornice molding pop.
  • Finish installing the baseboard trim and trim up the door opening.
  • Prime and paint the paneling.
  • Paint the trim.
  • Paint or paper the wall above the paneling. (See my dining room Pinterest page for inspiration.)
  • Clean the floor. Then repolyurethane the new boards.
  • Buy a room-size rug.
  • Finish the cushions for the window seat one of which some mice have chewed.
  • Move the piano and table back into the dining room.
  • Hang blinds and curtains.
  • Move onto another room.

Would you say “almost there”?

How do you stay on track with your projects?

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Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

5 thoughts on “The Dining Room is Coming Along”

  1. Gosh Jo, the wallpaper looks really nice. Yes, I’d say you’re almost there. It’s going to be a beautiful room.

    1. Thank you, Barbara. I’m hanging the wallpaper at the rate of about 3 pieces per diem so I might be able to finish next Saturday. Having the dining room all but finished will be wonderful. Jo

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