Surprise! We have another room reveal for you! When we started the Pedraza project, we anticipated being able to share a kick butt kitchen and laundry room. But that was it. Kitchen. Laundry room. Then we tackled the foyer. And now today we are sharing the Pedraza dining room. And honestly I am SO glad we did this space – this was one of the rooms that took very little and had such a big impact on the house as a whole!
Since this wasn’t part of the original plan, we didn’t take a ton of photos….yes, I am ashamed of myself. Yes, I am very sorry to fail you. Yes, I will punish myself by arranging a time out….in the nail salon…with some snacks 🙂 But the good news is, I do have a few of this angle showing the old entrance into the kitchen from the main part of the house. So hopefully you will get the general vibe that was the beginning of this space.
Before the entrance from the garage led directly into the laundry room/kitchen/dead space. This wide opening is the opening to the dining area where the Pedraza’s had a miniature sized table. The table itself was intended to be a square and had a leaf but the space only allowed for a rectangle shaped table so they removed the leaf making the overall table footprint really small.
At one point, they decided to refinish the top but about half way through the project, it got abandoned. Isn’t that life?! I mean…I think I do this on repeat….half finish something before moving on. And so a bigger dining room table – you know….one that could actually fit their growing family….was definitely on our to-do list.
We also knew that the general flow of the space would change. Instead of entering the kitchen at an angle, the new doorway would be where the pass through was originally. And then there would be an additional doorway next to it entering into the dining room.
One of my biggest concerns was airing the Pedraza’s dirty laundry. I wanted to give them the ability to close off the laundry room. Before, they had bi-fold doors to shut that clutter away and I felt like it was only fair to give them the same privacy as before. One thing I always say is nobody’s laundry area is perfect….especially with kids….so giving them a way to hide that unfolded pile of towels, socks and underwear is VITAL.
And NOW….the entrance into the dining room from the kitchen is a whole lot cleaner and a bit more traditional.
As you enter the first impression is definitely a dining space. But the great part is that this area pulls double duty for this busy family. This is the spot to gather for meals but it’s also the place for homework, a place to perch when someone is cooking in the kitchen and even a place you can watch Netflix while going through the mail. Yup! It’s open to the living area and in direct view of the tube 🙂
We made the space feel really big by placing simple graphic curtains high and wide on the single window. It makes the window visually appear twice the size when really we don’t have a ton of natural light in the space.
On the wall that faces their office/playroom, we hung two small candle holders from my stash. They are very simple but allow for a little interest. I like the little bit of accent but it’s not overwhelming.
The walls were painted too. Before they were a golden beige color (I think they were the same as the office/playroom you can see in the background) and afterward the walls were coated with a light gray with blue undertones. The paint color is Lunar Surface by Behr for those of you wondering.
And if you may have noticed – the table looks bigger and better! It’s because it is! I was able to salvage the legs from the old table and built a new frame and top. More of that soon! And it’s a good tip for you guys out there that may be interested in building a table – be on the look out for those Goodwill or thrift store tables that have crummy tops and sweet legs at a good price.
For the flooring, we wanted to soften the area underfoot and also delineate the space dedicated as the dining room. We did that with FLOR tiles – these are great for a pet-friendly family and clean up really easily. I should know. LJ got sick after a coughing fit and we had to rinse off a few! TMI? Well, at least you know they are well tested 🙂
The real showstopper in the space is the barn door that hangs on the wall between the entrance to the kitchen and the entrance to the laundry. Since the doorway was 40″ wide, the door itself needed to be slightly bigger than average doors. That also meant that the hardware needed to be longer. This is how it looks when it’s open and closed.
The door itself is a simple plywood construction trimmed out. Then I decided to make it look extra fancy by using cut-offs to make a fun wood herringbone pattern on the inset of the bottom half. It was one of those builds that was REALLY hard to give away and not keep FOREVER.
We also DIYed the hardware handle with this cool plumbing pipe set up. We sprayed it high gloss black and I love the pop of the black on the stained door. And yes, I understand that my OCD friends are probably cringing at the silver screw heads….don’t fret….this is what the Pedraza’s wanted 🙂
One more shot. Because dude. It’s so beautiful. Go ahead. Pet your screen.
Another thing to note…see how the color of the dining space works well with the kitchen backsplash? IT MAKES MY WORLD.
The most impactful before and after is definitely from this view. The before looking from the dining room into the kitchen….
And now it feels COMPLETELY different.
A really cute addition that also makes the dining room feel more deliberate is the new light fixture. It’s a $99 find (click here for more info) and it’s a pretty close knock-off to the Pottery Barn version. The dark color adds contrast and the multi-bulb makes it so much brighter and lighter in this room.
The other amazing piece in this room is the artwork. OMG…this artwork from Minted is everything. It ties in all the colors so well and I have to tell you the story. So when Danny and Charity were young….before they ever dated, they were in high school youth group together on a trip to the Aquarium in Chattanooga. Danny told us the story about looking through the tank that was filled with schools of fish and saw Charity in a reflection and realized that one day he would marry her. That story always stuck with me and this print represents that feeling….looking through the ‘fish’ to see the ones you love! Isn’t that the sweetest story?! I love finding meaningful artwork – even if it’s loosely interpreted 🙂
And that is it for the Pedraza reveal! Did you love it?! What was your favorite part?
My favorite part is being able to give back to this amazing family. Committing to giving back – whether it is building someone a table, being an assistant with them when they paint or helping them assemble carpet tiles – it is such an important thing and I love that I had the privilege of playing a small part in their home. So thank you to the Pedrazas. I love you guys. And thanks to all the brands that have been so amazingly generous….and also to my readers. Your support of this project has been OUTSTANDING. I can’t thank you enough. Seriously. Thank you.