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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Dining Room Reveal

Sorry I'm late with my Wednesday post - but I'll explain it all Friday, and it will all make sense.

Today, I thought I would share the dining room - and I need to give you a little background information.

Mountain Man and I could not decide which room we wanted to use as the dining room and which was going to be the living room.  The room that we talked about being the dining room (and that we had used for our first Thanksgiving dinner) was across the foyer from the kitchen and the original owners had used the space as an office.  Mountain Man thought that it was too far away from the kitchen - however, I didn't want the dining room to be the first thing you saw when you walked into the house.

After days and days of discussion we decided to move the living room furniture into the front room to see how it would "feel".
  Mountain Man wanted to make sure that he would be able to look out at the pool area from the new living room.  Well, there was a big problem -  a wall that blocked the view.  We knew that no matter which way we decided to go with the remodeling project the view to the pool would be opened up. 

However, I don't think Mountain Man could see my vision.  How do I know?   Well, when I got home from work one day in April (almost exactly a year ago) this is what greeted me.





Mountain Man decided to knock down the wall that separated the front room from the pool area "to see what it would look like".


Now, we did have an open concept.  
(Oh, look at the picture above and you can see one of the angled walls that was in the kitchen!)


 This is when Mountain Man decided to drop the little bombshell that he did not feel like he was up to do all the work himself - For example, He did not want to climb up into the attic to do the electrical work, plus he isn't an electrician and we would be doing some major electrical work - like new pot lights - new electrical in the floor.  Well, let's just say that I was somewhat very surprised at what he had done and what he wanted to do, but.......


 how can you be mad at someone who looks like this????

Just a little boy in a big boy body!


I just heart this man!


Good shot to show the angle that was in this room.  (Told you there were angles EVERYWHERE!)

See the additional drywall work on the right - that goes into the guest bedroom suite.




              BTW, the foyer area (on the left) is going to change too!

Six weeks into the project the flooring was down and the blinds had been bought and installed.

Still no furniture, but things are starting to look up.



Our new dining room.



My Christmas present from Mountain Man about eight years ago.

An antique sugar mold.


Hutch


Some of the decor



One of my prides and joy is the antique Hoosier cabinet that my mom and dad found in Canada back in 1969 (yep, over 40 years ago they brought it back to Florida).  


This baby is amazing!


Isn't it pretty??

Not only is it pretty - the interior is in amazing shape - all the interior charts are still there!


 This is actually a grocery list - all around the circle are different foods and you move the pointers to the food you need so you can make your grocery order.  Pretty amazing huh?  It also still has the original flour bin and bread safe - I have never seen a Hoosier that is in this good of shape.  It hasn't even been refinished!


 I just LOVE my Hoosier!


Okay, let's move on to the rest of the dining room.




The buffet came from IKEA (yep, we have other things from IKEA) and it has been fantastic - just the right size and so much storage!




Well, that is my dining room.  


I'm so glad that we decided to use the front room as the dining room.  Yes, it is a little further away from the kitchen, but it is not a problem thanks to the buffet and the hutch I have plenty of room.

(BTW, the wall hanging that you can see the corner of on the left side of the above picture - well, I made that guy - maybe I'll do a show and tell on that project in the future.

I'll see you on Friday!

Hugs -

Carol

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34 comments:

  1. It is amazing what you made out of it! So much better and no weird angles ;o)
    Have a great day,
    Sue

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    1. thanks Sue - I'm so glad all the angles are GONE!
      Hugs -
      Carol

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  2. It looks great! The dining room has so much charm! I love Ikea too. I just wish we had one close to us :)

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    1. Hi Theresa -
      Thanks so much! We love the cozy feeling that the dining room has and I hope it shows through. Mountain Man and I love IKEA but the closest one to us is almost three hours away (maybe that is a good thing!).
      Hugs -
      Carol

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  3. Wow you and your mountain man have been making some wonderful changes. Love it! Hugs and thank you for joining in the fun at the Thursday Favorite Things hop xo

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    1. Hi Katherine - Yes, we were very busy but all the hard work is done - now we get to do the fun part, the decorating! Hope you are having a great week and I enjoy hooking up every week!
      Hugs -
      Carol

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  4. Wow! It looks fantastic! So open and pretty! You are right about your amazing Hoosier cabinet. What a fabulous gem! Your dining room turned out beautiful!
    Here visiting via BNOTP.
    Have a great week!
    xo-Lisa

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    1. Thanks so much Lisa - That Hoosier cabinet has special meaning to me since my dad brought it home so many years ago - brings back such great memories! Glad you "hopped" over and I hope you'll come back often (and maybe be a follower??)!
      Hugs -
      Carol

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  5. Beautiful transformation! Your Hoosier cabinet is an awesome piece of furniture.

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    1. Thanks so much Susan - my Hoosier has special meaning to me! Some people have wanted me to sell it, but I just can't do that!
      Hugs -
      Carol

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  6. Hi!
    Coming your way via The DIY Dreamer link party #13. I LOVE your hoosier with the original inserts! So much history. Your dining room is lovely and lovingly put together.
    XO

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    1. Hi Lisa - Thanks so much for the kind comments - I would love to know who originally owned the Hoosier - if it could only talk to us! I'm so happy you "hopped" over - I hope you'll come back often (or even be a follower ;)~)
      Hugs -
      Carol

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  7. I think your mountain man is definitely a keeper! He looks like a sweet man with big ideas about remodeling. Your dining room is gorgeous and I can see why you love the Hoosier. Thanks for sharing at Your Cozy Home Party. Keep us informed on the progress at your house.---------- Shannon

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    1. Hi Shannon! Thanks for the sweet comments - yep, I think I'll keep Mountain Man - I think I finally have him trained (Ha!Ha!). Also, thanks for hosting!
      Hugs -
      Carol

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  8. hehehe Your man is adorable!!!!!! I LOVE the new dining room!!!!!!!! Like really!!!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer... From Dream To Reality!!

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    1. Hi Christine - Mountain Man is pretty adorable isn't he??? Such a little boy - honestly, he is just a little boy in a big boy body (and it is a big body - HaHa!) But he has some good ideas and is pretty good to have around the house. Hope you are having a good week!
      Hugs -
      Carol

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  9. Looks GREAT! Awesome Job!

    Thanks for linking up at Create & Inspire!

    Angie

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    1. Thanks so much Angie! I appreciate it! Thank you for hosting the party!
      Hugs -
      Carol

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  10. Wonderful transformation, Carol! Love that Hoosier cabinet, too. And Mountain Man looks like a real sweetheart.

    Thanks for linking to Time Travel Thursday. Hope to see you again this week.

    Blessings,
    Liz @ The Brambleberry Cottage

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    1. Thanks so much Liz for the sweet comments - Mountain Man is a sweetheart for sure, but he can also be a naughty little boy (if you know what I mean)! You can just see all the mischief that is fighting to get out! LOL!
      Thanks for hosting!
      Hugs -
      Carol

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  11. I love the transformation. Your mountain man is too cute. I love the smirk in the picture where he decided he wasn't going to do the work himself. Thanks so much for sharing at Whimsy Wednesdays.

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    1. Thanks Jenny - thanks for hosting!
      Hugs -
      Carol

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  12. This came out great, what a beautiful room! Thanks for sharing at Beautify It Monday!

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    1. Thank you so much - and thanks for hosting!
      Hugs -
      Carol

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  13. Great job Carol!! This looks absolutely fantastic :)

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    1. Thanks so much! Have a great weekend!
      Hugs-
      Carol

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  14. Such a warm and welcoming room. So homey feeling. A lot of good times will be had here for sure. Thanks for sharing on Motivated Monday at BeColorful
    pam

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    1. Thanks so much for the kind comments Pam! They are much appreciated.
      Hugs -
      Carol

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  15. Thanks for linking up to the Tuesday To Do Party! Hope you'll come again this week! This month's Pretty Packages party is now up for any of your lovely wrapped gifts!
    http://blackberryvine.blogspot.com/2012/04/pretty-packages-party-14-highlights.html
    Smiles!
    Jami
    www.blackberryvine.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks so much Jami - I'll have to see if I have a Pretty Package to link up! Thanks for the invite!
      Hugs -
      Carol

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  16. Hi Carol! I found your blog while googling "antique sugar mold". My hubby came home with this interesting "thing" a month ago. I described it to a local antique dealer and she thought it was a sugar mold. Most of the images are of evenly shaped rectangle blocks of wood, then I saw yours! They are the same!! Do you know any of the history behind yours? I would love to know when/where it's from. Thank you! Brinda

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    1. Hi Belinda - I'm so glad you found my blog! I'm sorry I really don't know anything about the sugar mold - my sweet hubby bought it for me for Christmas one year. He found it at a local auction house when we lived in North Carolina. I used to have it sitting in the middle of our dining room table with candles in the mold. Sorry I can't tell you any more about it - but it is one of my favorite pieces!
      Hugs -
      Carol

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    2. Carol,

      Thanks for the reply, nonetheless! It's weird that I only found one other like mine in all the images online. Oh well, we're unique! :)

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    3. Belinda -

      Yes, we are unique indeed! :-)

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