Reno part 3: Office and dining room

When we bought the house we had 2 living areas, which was great for a while, however, as the kids grew, we converted one living room to a bedroom which was shared by girls, then boys and then as our oldest’s room as our youngest son left for college. We have played musical rooms MANY times in this house and it always makes things fresh and fun for a while and miraculously clean for a time.

Hubby’s home office was on the opposite side of bedroom wall sharing the dining room. It worked. When our oldest son moved out, we then had a spare room with plans to move the home office, however, we had paneling over the block walls and one of the walls wasn’t properly insulated, so we had some work to do first. Of course.

From spare room/guest cat room, to emptying out and therapeutic peeling of random wallpaper
with paneling down we were able to insulate and put up dry wall in the entire room, leaving fresh walls to paint and paint and paint
A quiet spot to have coffee in the morning and Bandit’s new spot—-poor dude, his crate was moved so many times during the construction process over the past 2 1/2 months, he kept returning to his original spot in the living room and just standing there. He’s got it now, though!
Command central and the best thing is a DOOR for those loud conference calls! Our cat enjoys this new space as well.

The dining room, was a good size, however, we had a couple of pieces of furniture that took up space and since we shared space with the office it could get a little tight with a large dinner group—-AKA all the kids and their significant others. With the furniture going to our oldest for his new house and my dishes and miscellanies now housed in the kitchen cabinets, we have a peaceful spot for dinner.

Before. Our flooring was able to go right over the tile with a transitional concrete. That saved us some dust! Old and new paint…..from golds and greens to greys and blues. We also replaced all the interior doors in the house.
New doors and hardware. Doors close fully and teenage skate stickers artfully covering inside and outside of doors are no longer. This is also important in that our cat can no longer “knock” on our door at 2 a.m.—-if he does, we don’t hear him!

My buffet table now has a new home and we have room to stretch out. Hubby hated the old light so we swapped it out for a new light with LED and dimmable option. the kitchen also has an LED light that replaced our old fluorescent light—you can just barely see it on the right—-it also has a dimmer. It was an option I didn’t realize we had—our electrician told us about it and I’m glad we went in that direction.

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