Dining Room Wall Reveal

Do you remember this? And this and this and this and this?







That was our dining room wall with the icky faux cork wallpaper that took forever and a day to remove.  The husband even had to get in on the action it was going so slowly.  But we finally got it down, sanded, spackled in spots, sanded again, primed, and painted.  We killed off the terrible peach color that was on the wall next to it, too.  10 wall cabinets from Home Depot plus one slab of granite quartz counter top later (ok, and a whole lot of hours clocked by the husband) and we've got this:





Do you see a difference???

Our idea was to be able to remove the awkward pantry closet in the entryway (done!) in order to make it more of a mudroom, but in order to do that, we needed to find a home for all of the crap extras that were in the pantry.  These cabinets hold it all and then-some.  I was able to reorganize a few of the kitchen cabinets and get things like the big giant Kitchen Aid mixer that I've probably used twice out of the kitchen, where I could put more things like food.  Plus with the new counter over here, I can put my computer on it and get it away from the stove and things popping and splashing on it.

We used Ikea under-cabinet lighting to accent light it, one of the dump tricycles found a new home, and did you see the awesome artwork from Pen and Paint?  If you haven't yet checked out Lindsay's shop, you really should because she has some amazing illustrations and quotes, and she is super-duper nice as well.  Well, I ended up with the whole set of four of those fab kitchen prints.  Remember those were one of my original choices for art?  Hooray for me!

We are so thrilled with how it came out and we're so happy it's done.  Now all that's left is getting the replacement blind for the slider (yep, the one that they lost- they've apparently made a new one and are shipping it this week) and fixing the trim around the door (you can still see the peach paint around on the moulding up there).  In the meantime, the new entry project is keeping the husband busy.

9 comments

  1. Aaaaahhhhh!!! fabulous storage!!! and i'll admit, though i do like the grass- it's not the best looking grass wall paper. and that light. ugh. now, everything is ever so pretty. lots of work. good for you guys!

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  2. WOw, you've dazzled me;) Looks amazing!!

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  3. LOVE. Those cabinets were such a smart solution. If we stay in this house for a while after our future kid(s) get a little older, we might need to pull a Houdini like this one. :-) I'm totally pinning you.

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  4. Hey there! I found you via the link up party from Mercantile Muse! Great blog :) I recall my parents doing the same thing with wallpaper when I was a kid.. except theirs was the faux forest look. Aaaah the 70's! :)

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  5. LOVE LOVE LOVE it!! It looks amazing. I am impressed!

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  6. Beautiful! All the hard work truly paid off!

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  7. Wow, what a transformation! I agree with Leslie that the hard work was definitely worth it.

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  8. This turned out great! What a transformation!

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  9. The cabinets transformed this into a whole new room! I bet all that organization space is so nice. Looks great!

    Stopping over from RandomCreative's sponsor post :)

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