Our Dining Nook

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Hmm, it’s probably about time to share where we’re at in our house renovations. The inside of our home is a work in progress. If I turned the camera in different directions it would still be a mess. But this is our dining nook where Michael and I share meals together. We could squeeze in 4 for a cozy dinner (think Paris cafe).

  • Furniture – All of our furniture is re-used. The table and chairs ($300) are from Rusty Gold Vintage Design, an upcycled furniture store operating out of two shipping containers. The heirloom basket is from Michael’s mother. The rug ($20) and Wassily chair knockoff ($150) were purchased on Craigslist.
  • Widows – I love how this part of our house gets nice light. We don’t think the security bars are necessary but we haven’t done much of anything on the house exterior yet. We love our PVC-free insulating cellular shades from North Solar Screen.
  • Floor – The original wood flooring from 1941 required an archeological dig to get to. It has not been refinished but when we do, we’ll put moulding on.

Ideas for how to fancify the front door? Or anything else? Look at the before photo for some perspective. Yikes!

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Happy 02/11/2011 at 12:50 pm

I love arched doorways. Alternately, you could have a front door with an arched window in it either high up or covering half or more of the door. Also, it looks like you have room for a transom window above the door which could also be arched to give the illusion of an arched doorway. This would let more light in as well.

Here’s some interesting ideas (I’ll admit they’re not frugal):


MT 02/14/2011 at 3:36 am

The door appears to be your standard birch hollow core. Whether solid or hollow, you can cut in for a small window at the top. Either short and wide to span the door or narrow and tall, or even square. Whatever you chose. If the bars on the windows are indicitive of the neighborhood then you might opt out on the windows. Either way, you can purchase narrow trim pieces and nail them to the door to give the look of raised panels. Or get a sheet of the mdf beadboard wainscotting at Lowes, apply it the center of the door and trim around it to give it that look. Do a google image search on faux raised panel doors and/or beadboard interior door to get an idea of what im talking about. Good luck!

Timaree (freebird) 02/15/2011 at 7:09 pm

You could sand off the varnish and tape off a grid design of some sort filling the areas with colored stain to make a type of large mosaic design or you could paint a faux open door with outdoor scene on it. You could even paint a faux paneled door look which would be simple and not too “in your face”.

Hillary 02/24/2011 at 12:16 pm

Oooh I like the mosaic idea. Also, someone emailed me about the idea of gluing mementos on, which I had never thought of. Thanks folks!

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