Monday, April 30, 2012

Our Next Farmhouse Project...

Finding projects around here is never a problem,
it's the choosing that is the problem. 

At the top of the list is positively the kitchen.  I miss a dishwasher and garbage disposal so much that I'm fantasizing about the day we once again have them.  :-))
But, the kitchen project is too big to take on until we get the Shoppe expansion completed ,plus we need time to plan and save some money for it. :-)) 
So, to choose our next project we just threw all the room names into a hat and drew. 

The winner?  
The dining room.

Okay, so we didn't really draw it from a hat, it just seemed like the room that would require the least amount of work during this busy time.  Boy howdy do we need the room with the least amount of work!  The below photo is the parlor and dining room, these rooms have been painted since these photos were taken.
If you've been reading the blog, then you already know our farmhouse used to be a bed and breakfast.  The photo below was taken during that time. 

The previous owners did a lovely job of creating a formal Victorian dining room with antique charm.  But, we plan to take the room in a less formal direction with a lighter color palette.  Not better, just different. 

I've already got an idea of the direction we're taking the space, but I'd love to hear your take. 

What things would you suggest to create a farmhouse dining room?....

P.S. First Monday starts on Thursday morning!!
 

17 comments:

Courtenay@Creek Line House said...

I don't know that I have many suggestions for your, but I am excited to see the results! I like the idea of some lighter colors, but I think almost anything you do in there will look beautiful. What a great dining room!

Carol said...

Love the floors, the beadboard ceiling, the beautiful woodwork.
An elegant lighter color would be great.
I am sure it will be wonderful!
I am so inspired by your keyhole garden, that I have been looking out for and fantasizing about vintage iron chippy fencing!

Patty Sumner said...

You definitely have to include a very long farmhouse table with lots of chairs. I know you will do wonders. Excited! Blessings!

Anonymous said...

Well, the room has great bones so you can't go wrong. I think a lighter airier look would be refreshing!! Looking forward to seeing the makeover!! :) If it is half as spectacular as your porch/flower garden area it will be beautiful! ;)

Anne said...

You have a Beautiful home.And With a beautiful home like that anything you do will make it even grander.Can't wait to see what your ideas are.
Anne

deborah said...

I love your blog and am following! Mostly adore your heart that comes through how you write and decorate!
I would love to do remodels but that's not our gifting... beautiful.
deborah
{the white chair}

martinealison said...

J'ai hâte de voir l'évolution de vos idées...
Gros bisous, je vous souhaite beaucoup de bonheur et de santé en ce jour de 1 mai.

Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

Hi LaurieAnna: You certainly have the making of a great room. A little paint and your style of furnishings and it will look spectacular. You have great light with the two sets of windows. I love Victorian but the way you will lighten it up will be wonderful. By the way, I ordered a plate rack from your shop for my remodeled kitchen. It's so pretty. I've been wanting one..Happy May Day to You..Judy

One Shabby Old House said...

I think you have such an amazing eye for decorating that you could decorate a card table and chairs and make even that look wonderful. Do your magic! We will all be anxiously waiting!

ImSoVintage said...

I think lighter colors would definitely be great. Can't wait to see what you do.
Laura

Francie...The Scented Cottage Studio said...

I'm struggling with the same thing, my dining room is similar, same woodwork,sliding doors, fireplace and wonky walls :)) last owner stripped off the paint but I am thinking of painting the wood work because it is just too dark ! Waiting to see what YOU dooo :))

Scooter Gal said...

Im looking forward to seeing the changes but I can make one suggestion for your kitcken dilema. When we were going thru a large kitchen remodel we bought a roll around dishwasher that hooked right up to the sink faucet! It had a butcher block top so it served as an island and also a dishwasher. It saved my life as I was raising four children at the time! Good luck

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Stephanie said...

Lighter colors, farmhouse table and ironstone, ironstone, ironstone!

Fairfield House said...

Laurie Anna,

Oh, how we can identify with "finding projects around here is never a problem, it's the choosing..."! Usually choosing one project in an old Victorian turns into MANY projects!
We are considering white board and batten in the dinning room to lighten ours up.
As always I look forward to seeing the progress in your country 'castle'.
Your Friend,
Deborah

Found Around said...

I think we might be seeing a great farmhouse table soon?!

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I think it is much beautiful if they used bright color paint.

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