This post is so long overdue, that I hesitated even posting it today, but I decided that in order to show you any future improvements to this room, I needed to catch you up to where it is now.
Our dining room is where we have our homeschool most days, unless the sun is calling us out to the deck. We only use the table for the kids to eat on holidays, so using the table in the dining room doesn’t conflict with meal times. We use our big bar that is between the kitchen and dining room for all other meals.
My future house (we are hoping for a big move in next year or two) will have an area for a big table, not a formal dining area since we are just not that formal, but a place to fit a table like this. I already have hubby looking for just the right wood! I just love that table!
Back to the makeover now. It’s time for the before pictures.
The dining room is situated where it is the main traffic area through the house, making it a poor choice for a dining area, but a great area for a school room. This opening leads to two bedrooms and a bathroom.
This is the corner of the first wall and the second wall. The one section of wall has the return air vent and the thermostat, making it harder to hang big items on the wall. To the left is the opening into the living room. The opening is large, which gives this house a nice open feeling to it. It originally had french doors on it that swung into the living room, but they just didn’t have a purpose and they covered valuable wall space.
A view of the other corner, our table and our big window. I considered recovering the fabric on the chairs, but it is in great condition and it kind of gives the school room a retro funky happy feel.
The rug, it definetly needs to go, but rugs are a tad bit expensive, so maybe I will find a nice one on sale or at a yard sale. We will see.
This photo is a tab bit blurry, but I wanted you to see this last section of the room. This is the view looking into the kitchen. I bet you get that point.
We need some color.
My ceiling. No light. A few years ago I was dusting the ceiling fan and it fell off the ceiling. Fortunately nobody got hurt, but I decided to take the fan to another room that needed its broken fan replaced. We didn’t use this ceiling fan in here, but we did need a light.
Fast forward a few years, we still needed a light. I hate picking these things out and they are so darn expensive.
I started this makeover by researching ideas for the color of walls for north facing rooms. I decided that I needed to get something with blue tones in it.
I found this paint at Walmart that I liked called Wishful Thinking (shade of gray) by ColorPlace. It was only around $18 a gallon compared to the excessive prices elsewhere, and I am all about saving money, or spending less of my hard earned money. You know what? I can’t tell that it is any different than many other paints. I even have enough left over to paint that hallway that comes into the side of the room. Just gotta get on that one.
Next it was time to find a light that I liked. I am really a fan of school house lights, but I didn’t really want to pay the price of some of these lights, so I went to looking online at Lowes. I ended up finding this one and figured I could paint it to look like one of those high dollar school house lights.
I haven’t painted it yet, but will probably do it after we get some more color in the room. I’m thinking about what exactly I want to do with it.
Don’t worry, I will try to be more prompt with my room updates from now on.
It’s not huge, it’s not as pretty as those others, but its functional and only cost me $44.97. Since we aren’t planning on being in this house for too much longer, that is all I really wanted to spend, otherwise I would have to tell potential buyers “you get the house, but not the light”!
So now I have a bunch of pictures of the after. Keep in mind, it’s still in progress. We have a few more things we want to do.
I switched out my cabinets. This black one was in the living room, so I just moved the brown one into the living room and brought this one in for school supplies.
It was nice to get things organized and give them a place.
I love using things that I already have, which makes for a frugal project. Using this old spice cabinet that used to belong to my grandparents fit in perfectly. It also holds many small things that would normally be in a desk drawer.
This vintage child sized wardrobe remained where it was in the room, but it got a good cleaning and organization.
I love being able to store my printer inside. It works great for printing and I don’t have to look at it when it’s not in use.
This small cabinet was in my attic for a future building project, but I decided that the theme didn’t really work for me anymore, so I was gonna sell it at our yard sale. Well I had it out, but luckily nobody wanted it for $10. So I had a light bulb moment (I don’t know what took me so long) and decided that I would keep it and paint it.
I just took the door off, took it outside, taped it off and sprayed it with a few coats of chalkboard paint. The paint cost me $4.97, but will be able to be used on a few projects.
I may eventually paint the sides a different color, but for now it’s really cute. It stores more books too! Every school room needs more book space.
This is the corner next to the window. It’s the 3rd before picture above.
I found this great little dresser at Goodwill for $20 and thought it would be a great addition to our room for daily supplies. The girls have the top drawer for pencils, rulers, notepads, markers and more.
The second and third drawers hold each of their books, notebooks and binders they use each day. They love having their own drawer.
The bottom drawer is for the teachers books.
I couldn’t find a before picture of this dresser. It was brown, scratched and ugly, but it had great potential. It’s is solid wood though, and who doesn’t love solid wood?
The two black picture frames above the dresser came from Hobby Lobby and hold art made by my girls. They cost $5 each during a 50% off sale. I need another one now. I have a picture made by each girl, but only have 2 of them hung. I cannot be a bad momma!
If you’ve been around these parts you might remember that plant sand/stool, but if not you can see how and where I got it and it’s friend.
I spent $2.99 on the little basket I found at Savers. It holds the crayons we need each day and looks so cute atop this little dresser.
The lettered basket on the left holds many of the phonics helps that we are needing right now. I used a coupon at Hobby Lobby and scored it for only $5.99. I just love how the letters on it add to the theme of this room being a school room.
The other items you see in the rooom are things we already had. So I included only the items we bought for the total cost of this project.
I realized after writing this post that I don’t have pictures of some areas of the room, so next week I will take pictures of where we are at right now. So you can see the big picture.
I will have a new camera, so the pictures will be much better quality! I’m so excited.
Right now the total spent in this room is at $124.92. Pretty darn good to me. Now I could have done without a few things and it would be a lot cheaper, but I had certain things I wanted to achieve. I still don’t think that is a bad amount at all.
I hope you enjoyed the tour.
Do you have any suggestions for our room? What do you think about our updated room?
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