This dining room is stuck in the 80s – and it’s all mine. Like frizzy perms and acid washed jeans, mine’s made some questionable design choices. So like any good friend would do, when I saw the chance for her big makeover – I jumped! Because I knew underneath her overdone exterior, with a few dollars and creative talent thrown her way, her interior could really shine through. As you can see the hardwood is in great condition, and the built-in cabinets hold a ton of stuff. Plus, the room has great proportions for hosting large groups and the fireplace makes for an interesting, albeit challenging, focal point.
So I’ve submitted her to Sarah 101, Season 2. Here is the link if you’ve got a room you want on TV. http://www1.primevista.com/submissions/casting-call
The first 8 pictures show what the dining room looks like now. The last 5 are dining rooms that Sarah Richardson has done on her shows.
Pie-in-the-sky, no budge barriers, what would I like see done?
- Add an indestructible area rug
- Change out the chandelier for a larger more crystally one
- Change out the sconces for more modern/sleeker/crystally ones
- Larger dining room table to seat 12 comfortably
- New surround, hearth, mantle and perhaps fireplace insert
- Beefier sliding glass door treatment (or really sky’s the limit, replace with french doors)
- Paint cabinets white
- Panelled molding under a chair rail painted white would be nice
- Art and accessories for that special touch
- Newly painted walls and ceiling
In the meantime, we’ll continue to enjoy this space every night for dinner (because we don’t have an eat-in kitchen) knowing how lucky we are to live in such a great house, in a great neighbourhood….and to go a couple steps further, we’re in a great town (yeah, Oakville!) AND in a great country! Whew! If she isn’t selected for Sarah 101, I imagine that one day we’ll have the energy and resources I need to make the changes happen. Because many of the changes could be made with a fair bit of sweat equity. Until then…