Hi friends!  I hope you’re all having a great week so far.  We have been loving the sunshine that comes with Julys in Virginia.  I have some cool progress on painting the dining room to share!

If you’ll recall, this is what the dining room was like when we bought the house:

One of the first things I did was tear down the wallpaper, and in the process of tearing it down we realized the mantle was not stable/ securely attached so David tore it off the wall.  Ever since then we’ve been living kind of like this:

The dining room is sort of a store-all.  It’s part-storage room, part-my sewing room, part-dining room.  It’s not exactly pleasing on the eyes.

There is this chair rail around the room that really accentuates the ahem, character of the walls:

Sooooo much character.

I painted a few test patches of various green paints there but knew we’d have to eventually hire someone to prep the walls.

David and I would have loved to do this project of wall prep ourselves except for 1) we don’t have the patience of saints, and 2) we don’t want to make time to have the patience of saints.  Getting the walls ready to paint in this room ended up taking a professional 4 full days to complete and we knew that David is too busy with his job and I’m too busy with the kids during the day that we wouldn’t enjoy prepping these walls every night.  Some projects are worth the patience and time expense because they’re fun or fulfilling or easy or we’re confident we can do just as good of a job as a professional… but wall prep just wasn’t fitting any of those categories.

The first thing was to remove the chair rail!  See ya, not-original-to-the-house-molding!  (I know it wasn’t original to the house because I’ve seen old pictures of this room and met people who used to live in our house, and I believe the chair rail and mantelpiece was added in the 1980s.)

Once the chair rail was down there was still a ton of work to be done.

This is what the walls looked like after one full day of work:

A lot of spackling!

Below is a picture of the little hole that my stepfather installed in the wall for us so we could always see the lathe and plaster!  It’s one of my favorite parts of the house now.

The next step was to prime the walls.  And then… tackle the ceiling.

Yes, you saw that right.  I had my dining room ceiling painted green.

The exact shade of green is called Russell Green, which is the same color as my kitchen beadboard (walls/ backsplash/ inside of cabinets).  This ties the dining room into the kitchen and therefore rest of the house– I love subtle continuity between rooms, especially in an old house like mine where the rooms are all delineated by walls and doors and there are no open floor plans that automatically create a flow between the various areas.  We also bought the same color as the kitchen cabinets, Capitol White, to do the trim in the dining room.  I feel like that will be enough of a nod to the kitchen to make the rooms complement one another even though the dining room will have a drastically different vibe to it once it’s all done.

Check out those smooth, primed walls in the photo above just waiting patiently for us to paint them.  Eeeeee!  Next blog post I’ll share with you what happened next (spoiler alert– we painted the walls dark green!).

Wishing everyone reading this a time full of hope, happiness and full of health,