The Dining Room Project

The 2017 Project Spiral has begun!!!

This project was one of the first things I knew I wanted to do when I bought the house. Sadly, it is also one of the more involved projects, so it had to wait a few years. I’ve been planning to do it this winter for awhile and my head kind of spins when I think about all the interrelated and complicated parts of the project.

Here’s a couple good pictures from when I first bought the house. They show the walls better than anything since then since the furniture is always in the way.

The goal: Take down the wall between the kitchen and dining room and widen the doorway from the dining room into the living room so there is better flow on the first floor. When we take down the wall between the kitchen and dining room, it also extends into the kitchen – basically anywhere with bead board on top, wood paneling on the bottom will be redone.

Currently the dining room is small and awkward if you have a table full of people in it and the kitchen is quite large with some dead space. Taking down the wall in between makes both rooms work better and means I can turn the dining table the other direction and it all just flows better. I can’t completely open up the space between the living and dining room (because of a chimney right in the middle) but I can double the size of the doorway and I think it will make it less choppy.
In addition, the kitchen has a drywall ceiling (that needs better mudding at the joints) while the dining room is these old cardboard ceiling tiles. Once the wall comes down, I want a continuous drywall ceiling — so the tiles have to go.

The pieces and parts of this project:
  • Remove all trim – some will be reused, some won’t
  • Remove all the paneling from the dining room walls and parts of the kitchen walls
  • Remove ceiling tiles from dining room ceiling so after the wall comes down, it can be one continuous ceiling with the kitchen
  • Repair kitchen ceiling
  • Add electrical to have lights on the deck and plugs on the walls on either side of the patio door
  • Run electrical for new lighting in the kitchen
  • Drywall dining room walls and ceiling
  • Open up doorway between dining room and living room to double the current size
  • New trim, drywall, etc for that opening
  • The Floor — remove horrid 1986 Applebees & McDonald’s floor tile
  • Level floor (this is not going to be easy bc it is really, really wonky)
  • Install new floor (or live with painted subfloor for awhile)
  • Trim (some old, some new)
  • Paint everything
  • New curtains for the patio door
  • Add headers for farmhouse trim (most of the trim will be new since the old trim is varying widths)
After all this happens, I need to add a lot of insulation to the attic above the kitchen and dining room – but until this project is done, it seems futile. I’m thinking insulation is going to be a big project for fall 2017.

As you might imagine, there is a lot of room to uncover issues that may end up being the bane of my existence for the next couple months. But no pain, no gain, right? Besides, it will make the winter go faster when I’m up to my eyeballs in a major renovation project right in my living space, right??

Here goes nothing…

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