Sunday, June 21, 2015

New / Used Dining Room, Entryway, Stairway

New - because we got NEW tile, Used - because this is a blog about all things secondhand. To replace the carpet in the dining room (CARPET in dining room!? necessarily replaced before we became a family with two little mess makin' boys) we chose somewhere between a slate and concrete looking tile. To tie the large room (which is the open dining room, entryway, living room, and stairway) together we also put the tile in the entryway and the step up to the master bedroom by the hall closet (not pictured). So all "elevated" areas are now tile! We bought enough of this tile to also tile the kitchen, someday waaaay in the future when we totally remodel the kitchen. 
Check out the befores and afters!

Bye bye outdated chandelier...
...hello fancy tile. Table and chairs purchased from Craigslist - originally $4000+ from Crate & Barrel which bought for $800. "New" pendant light also purchased from Craigslist.

Mismatched-80s style-weirdly placed tile in the entry way. Wood trim around doorways. Yellow/gold wood stained banisters, hand rail, and cream stair railing.
MUCH BETTER - updated tile, painted wood trim around all doorways (powder room is there to the left of the front door), entry table (Craigslist purchase) and art ("W" decoration from our wedding, I find many frames at Goodwill/Salvation Army)! Two things not obvious in the pictures (1) I'm working on staining the stairway banisters and hand rails a darker color. One coat is complete in this picture (2) the stair railings are now black to give a wrought iron look (see following pictures)

Outdated glass on front door and those shutter things on the windows above the door & stairs. See how light isn't allowed in?!
Let there be light.

Still on the TO DO LIST:
Finish staining stairway handrails and banisters
Hardwood flooring on stairs 
New pendant light fixtures for entryway and stairway
Paint all doors bright white to match trim (not front door)
Replace all of the door hardware (front door and interior doors)
Paint entry table a fun color
New remote control shades for the windows above front door and stairway
Art in dining room
Add trim in dining room


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