Hi Larson! Thank you so much for your kind words! I am, indeed, soooo glad we painted them white! It modernized the space so much. I love your idea of painting them and leaving the trim. If you don’t love wood trim you could always paint that as well. It is totally your preference. Just be prepared for a lot of work! If you are doing the whole house a sprayer might be recommended. 😉 I used the color Shiplap by Magnolia/Kilz Brand. It is a softer white with grey undertones and is lovely. I hope you love your transformation!
However, the major trick was getting it out of the house! Once the wall was gone it fit well through the opening, but on the way out of the house there was only centimeters of space to fit it through our double doors. Let’s just say there were a lot of moments of shear panic as I watched 5 men man-handle the hot tub out of the house without assistance from machinery.
DO use cohesive design elements. Just because you’re combining two rooms that were once “separate” doesn’t mean you can keep them completely design-independent of each other. The best designers will tell you to pick a few cohesive elements and integrate them in all spaces now connected by your open floor plan. For example, similar colored trimmings or accent colors throughout will create a connected aesthetic and prevent rooms from competing with each other.

Are you interested in transforming your dining space from a bland, lifeless layout to a charming farmhouse design that’s warm and welcoming? Is your new design almost complete, but you’re looking for a few extra touches to complete the look? Whatever you’re looking for, these farmhouse dining room design ideas add a vintage-inspired touch that can make you feel like you stepped into an old country farmhouse, even if you live in a suburban area. These inviting, wide-open spaces offer a sense of peace and calmness that you can’t get with most modern designs.


Open kitchens, or “open concept kitchens,” can do wonders to transform your home. And while there are a wide variety of ways to design and execute an open concept floor plan, perhaps the most popular route is opening up a kitchen to a dining room. Here is an in-depth guide on how to execute opening up a wall between kitchen and dining room, as well as an overview of the benefits of making this move in your home.
DO direct traffic away from work areas. A common problem suffered by small kitchens is too many circulation routes, which, in turn, disrupts the primary activity areas, such as the sink, stovetop, and dishwasher. And with all that overly used space in the kitchen, the dining room suffers from lack of use. Combining the kitchen and the dining rooms into one spacious family room/kitchen is a much better choice for a formal lifestyle. Plus, by opening up the kitchen to the dining room, you can easily direct traffic away from high traffic areas in the kitchen, and maximize efficiency.

A treasured and charm-ridden wood carved light fixture, white-washed barrel top dining tables, stainless steel and and a whimsical combination of semi-circles help make this sparkling open space eat-in kitchen clean and inviting. Lively conversation, a blaring television, and tabletop chatter are all elements that keep the cook cooking and wondering how to make it all taste better.

Whether your style is formal or family friendly, use these design tips and decorating ideas to update your dining room.Is your dining room in need of a little attention? We’ve gathered some of our favorite dining rooms for some inspiration. From formal settings to family-friendly spaces, we have dining room decorating ideas that are sure to fit your needs. Dining rooms come in all shapes and sizes, and it sometimes takes a creative eye to find the perfect space for one in your home. These dining room ideas will help you think outside the box when it comes to finding the perfect spot. From the bold and colorful, to casual and rustic, you’ll find the perfect inspiration in these stylish dining room decorating ideas.
A modern take on stylish urban living, this formal dining room uses full-length floor to ceiling glass windows to provide amazing city views. A large solid surface dining table graces the floor along with white leather dining chairs, a stylish hung art piece, and beautiful modern chandeliers. The dark wood flooring is also a good contrast to the white of the room.
From the days of leftover wood yard boards and unused chickenwire comes a spirited throwback whitewashed cupboard buffet designed to hold and display dishes or anything else your heart desires. With two mesh wire door panels up top, scalloped edges, and a spindle-legged hutch with shiplap model backing, this double-door double-drawer piece is a conversation starter all on its own.
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