A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned that I had started TOTALLY re-arranging our house and that pics were forthcoming. Well today is that day.
A couple of weeks ago I got the urge to organize, shared the idea with my husband and the need to move things just couldn’t be helped. And I didn’t start with arranging things within the same room–oh no! I completely moved furniture to entirely new rooms. Our former office is now the living room. The living room is now the dining room. And the dining room is now the office. Confusing, no?
Well, I’ll let the pics do most of the talking as that’s always the fun part to share anyway. Since there is so much to share I’m going to split this up into a few separate posts by room.
First, let me begin with all the before pics. Here is what our former dining room looked like:
You may remember it from An Antique Dining Room Makeover.
Here is what our former living room looked like (now our dining room):
The major challenge? Everything seemed very crowded and the living room was just dark with no direct external sunlight. We thought about skylights but with the possibility of a leak we were not sure if it was worth it.
We also have a Bible study group that meets around our dining room table on Thursday evenings. Sometimes it was hard to walk around the table in the room we had the dining room table in before. And, we couldn’t see the kids playing in the sun room, which with young children is always a plus.
So, we moved the dining room into the former living room, and it works great. It is so much more spacious and inviting. And, we can now more easily use the dining room table to do school work and other projects too–a win-win.
The buffet fits perfect on the wall backing up to the kitchen with our folding chairs for Thursday night’s crowd in the corner:
My great grandmother’s sewing machine looks like it was made to go below our wall clock that use to be above our TV.
A former wall decoration became a new centerpiece for the buffet…
And we even put up our quilt rack on the remaining wall because without it the dining room was an echo-ey canyon. Well, that and because our quilt rack always spurs up a lot of conversation with newcomers. We were very fortunate to have a Mennonite Brethren grandmother who loved to hand-stitch quilts, a rare gift in today’s day and age.
So that’s it for the dining room. Be sure to come back next week to see what happened with the rest of the rooms.