How about a Dining Room Update too?

Our house has two living rooms, which has come in handy while we’re renovating the one we actually use (because we can stuff all of the furniture in the front “formal” one while we work).

temporary Living Room
The “formal” living room, stuffed with too much furniture, while we work on the other living room.

However, now that we’ve finally spent more time in the front room and tried to imagine a dining table that could fit off in the smaller side of it without feeling squished into the kitchen doorway (hiding between that bookcase and standing lamp in the photo above), we realized that tiny space for our only dining table (upon which we’d love to do lots of board game playing & do projects that require space to spread out) totally sucks.

So, why not make the whole extra living room into one big dining/project room? (My husband randomly said that when our measuring wasn’t going well and we agreed to do it in under a minute.)

Luckily, this room has our wood floors and white paint, so it’s almost ready to go in terms of decorating. We’re going to have to move the hanging light from the old dining corner over to the center of the new dining space (formerly the formal living room area). There’s an 8 foot wide window facing our front yard over there, so sticking the table in front of that will be so great! And way better than a random couch that we’ll never sit on because the one we want to sit on is in the other living room. Also, my sister is going to come visit from Houston and rent a truck to take a bunch of the furniture currently stuffed in this room, since we don’t need two living rooms worth of stuff anymore.

Since this room doesn’t actually need a whole lot of the expensive work like the other one, we’re jumping right in to get it done too. Our house is seriously about to LEVEL UP and I’m so excited. We went to check out a local furniture builder today (Ross Rustic Tables in Rockwall, TX), promptly fell in love, and ordered our new dining table.

It’s going to be seven feet long & this style:

Rustic Cottage Dining Table from Ross Rustic Tables

The legs will be painted a lighter color & the stain on top will be like this:

Dining Table Stain Choice for Ross Rustic Table

And in the space previously meant to squish in a dining table, we’re going to build in some cabinets for lots of storage and a coffee bar.

More soon!