Today we are continuing the tour of our house with the dining room.
This room was added on to our 1904 farmhouse by the previous owners. I’m guessing they added it sometime in the 70’s. They salvaged the wood for the paneled walls from an old barn that was being torn down. I’m sure they intended the room to be a family room, but since we’ve turned what was likely the formal dining room into a piano room, we now use this room as a dining room.
Over the years I have thought about painting the walls white, but I can’t help but feel like I might regret that down the road. And once it’s done, there’s no going back to the original patina of the red barn wood. Here’s a photo that shows that more clearly.
Back when dark stain was really in for wood floors, I had the wide pine floors in this room stained dark and I really regret that decision. I wish now that I had left them alone too. I’m not sure how difficult it would be to strip the dark and go back to a natural pine. Maybe one of these days I’ll pursue that.
But in the meantime, I’ve tried to add lots of light colored furnishings to help brighten up the room starting with the huge Welsh cupboard on the back wall that houses my non-collection of ironstone.
I purchased this cupboard via Craigslist and then painted it in Miss Mustard Seed’s Linen on the outside and Fusion’s Linen on the inside. In some lighting situations the Fusion Linen looks more grey, but in this room it has a strong green undertone that I don’t really like. I’ve been meaning to re-paint that since I initially finished this cabinet back in 2015, but I haven’t quite gotten around to it.
And gosh, I can’t believe it’s been 4 years since then! Obviously it’s not an urgent matter.
I also whitewashed the cedar table that Mr. Q made. He made it at least 25 years ago. It was originally finished in a very shiny poly and the cedar was quite orange. The whitewashing totally updated the look of the table.
The chairs were also a Craigslist find. I painted them in Annie Sloan’s Old White and recovered the seats with old grain sacks.
I have another large piece of furniture painted in a shade of white in the room.
I purchased this bench at a garage sale. Well, technically, my friend Meggan texted me about it and then I sent Mr. Q over to buy it. The owners said that this bench was originally from Belgium. I painted it in Miss Mustard Seed’s Farmhouse White.
This bench is a good example of milk paint that has continued to chip over time. One of these days I should sand it down and add a water based sealer like Miss Mustard Seed’s Tough Coat to halt any further chipping (much like I did with this uber chippy chair).
Are you wondering what is on the wall behind the bench? I’ve ‘wallpapered’ the walls on either side of the window using old rolls of player piano music.
They are just stapled in place, so when I get tired of them they will be easy to remove.
The ‘Charles Strand’ sign hanging above the clock is from the general store that Mr. Q’s great grandfather owned in Marine on the St. Croix, MN. I found this photo from 1910 that shows the sign hanging above the door. How cool is that?
I love how those guys are all just casually standing around in front of the store, probably telling tall tales. I’m quite sure that one or more of them have to be Mr. Q’s ancestors because that is obviously where he gets his love of socializing. I can totally see him hanging out down at the general store with a bunch of cronies.
Now, don’t be fooled by these photos into thinking I’m one of those people who keeps the dining room table fully set all the time. I just thought it would be fun to dress it up for you guys. I even pulled out my grandmother’s glassware.
The amber depression glass was perfect for a fall table.
After sharing all of these pretty pictures of our dining room with you, I now have to admit to the truth. Our dining room is seldom used for actual dining and it almost never looks like it does in these photos. It is far more often used as a storage facility.
You see, this is the only space inside the house where I can store my completed pieces until they sell. I can line up as many as six or seven pieces of furniture along the walls in this room.
Right before I left for Florida I sold six pieces of furniture. That pretty much cleaned out my inventory making this the perfect time to get some pictures of the dining room without extra furniture lining the walls. Hopefully it won’t stay empty for long. I’ve got a few Christmas projects to work on before I get back to painting furniture though.
There is just one room left on our house tour, Mr. Q’s study. After I mentioned it here last week he decided to clean it out, which led to re-arranging the furniture. He’s totally game to let me share it with you guys, so I’m planning that for next Wednesday. Remember, keep your expectations low, but be sure to stay tuned 😉