Our dining room feels a lot like a glorified corridor! It is long, narrow and has a slightly dropped ceiling (thankfully not the textured kind). It does have two very large windows that face East and has tons of unrealized potential. I have always been at a loss to make this room feel right. It has always felt cramped and very boring. The other problem was that we had a table and buffet which were really dark, heavy and too big for the space. For years I tried to work with what I had because I hate getting rid of stuff. Anyway I finally decided to get rid of everything in the dining room and start afresh. For now I am keeping the blue walls. We sold the dining room table and buffet on Craigslist (for the same price as that we paid in 1999 when we bought it). Now I want to get rid of the chrome chairs. They are fabulous but I need some slimmer chairs for the small space.
|Our Dining Room before we sold the table and buffet.|
I love the gallery walls in the image below. My plan to make the dining room feel less like a corridor is to cover all the walls in interesting art work, photos and other stuff (I love to frame anything).
I would like to find a solid wood table, if possible made of reclaimed teak. I bought a credenza a while ago on eBay. It is Danish and it is gorgeous. My camera is not working right now so I won’t be able to post any pictures of it for a while. For seating I may find a vintage bench to go against one side of the wall and use some of the mismatched chairs that we have in the basement. I plan on funding all my purchases for the dining room with the money I make selling my stuff. I have a huge old Persian rug and also a china cabinet (part of the dining room set) that I plan on selling soon on Craigslist.