I'm home sick from work today thanks to a sore throat, headache and complete lack of voice. While letting my Lemon Echinachea tea steep for the recommended 10-15 minutes, I took the opportunity to snap a few photos of the finished dining room as it looked for our very first "dinner party" -- Easter lunch with my brother's family over the weekend.
I still need to paint the baseboards, hang some art and futz with details, but for now I'm calling it done. We all deserve that, I think.
And because you've all been waiting patiently for so many years, here are the "before" pictures so you can compare a real before with a real after and in real time: five and a half real years later. This is the stuff blogs are made of!
The logs were hidden behind those built-in shelves. There was also an addition built on the side of the house that we had to rip off because its floor joists were made from parts of metal shelving (which is, ah, not compliant with our local building code).
Here it was during the demo phase, during which we exposed the logs, rerouted the floor plan and removed not one but two unnecessary staircases to the right of the chimney (one was creepily hidden behind a wall):
And this is how it looked just four months ago, back in December.
And once again, I just want to thank everyone who has been reading for a long time. You have truly kept us going throughout this long process and enduring mess.
For those who are interested in sources:
- Dining table: handmade by Ez
- Chairs: Overstock
- Rug: Etsy
- Sideboard: World Market
- Tree Ring Print: Etsy
- Lights: Salvaged