Wednesday, January 4, 2012

1920's Dining Room | Before & After


I've talked about this home several times here, here and here. It is a wonderful home from the 20's that we have been restoring over the past year. Today I'll show you the dining room. The image below is of the room before. One of the things that we wanted to salvage for the room was the wall texture. The walls are solid plaster and have a beautiful, deep texture, but we needed to get rid of the glossy paint (bad idea in this style). We also salvaged the antique Spanish crystal chandelier.

The floor looks a little cool in the photos but it isn't an inlaid marble floor as it appears. It was an unattractive painted cement tile and so we didn't feel too bad removing it. We replaced the floor with an amazing French herringbone wood floor.

I tied the same graphic feeling into the custom sisal rug by Fibreworks.

The ceiling had been sprayed with popcorn at some point (see image below), and so we removed all of that and added a beautiful plaster texture to coordinate with the walls. We added birch beams to the ceiling as well. The beams give the room some architectural interest that was lacking.

We also cased the plaster openings to accent the 13" thick walls and to give the pass throughs a more finished look.

We replaced the old windows with stunning bronze casement windows. I love the graphic that a horizontal muntin creates. I use this look often in my work because I love it so much!

Cremone locks make me smile and stare lovingly at whatever they are attached to :-)

Linen French cord and nailhead detail on the custom dining chairs.
In the image below, you can see the beautiful Spanish crystal chandelier that was original to the home. Love! We had it rewired and professionally cleaned (which for those of you who don't know, this means it had to hang from an A-frame in the back of a truck so that it could be transported to the tradesman's shop for rewiring and cleaning-sidenote: I so appreciate someone who has perfected their trade and takes pride in their work) and it looks stunning!!!
I hope you've enjoyed another little peek into this fabulous home. I still have tons more to show you as we finish different areas.
How hard is it to come back to work after the holidays?!?!...couple that with a long maternity leave...sheesh!
I hope everyone out there is managing ;-) and getting a great start to the new year!

10 comments:

Crissy {house|four} said...

This room is so gorgeous! I'm dying over that chandelier! And the entry casing adds the perfect touch. Would you mind sharing your dining table source...I have been on the hunt for a 60" (or larger) round table forever...the one pictured is beautiful.

Suzanne said...

Gorgeous room!! Stunning.

Carli said...

Only word that come to mind is Stunning! The window treatments are to die for!

designchic said...

It's gorgeous...what a difference all the details make especially the drapes!!

Maria@Live Beautifully said...

Thank you everyone! Crissy, I can't remember off the top of my head, I'll have to check the source.

Janna McCalley said...

Stunning! I especially love the floors, something we're debating doing to our house.

Maria@Live Beautifully said...

Thank you Janna!

Rachel Son said...

This room is so beautiful! Where did you get the chairs from?

Lauren Bird said...

This room is amazing. Would you be able to tel me the name of the paint color you used for the walls as well as the name/brand of the fabric you used for the window treatments? Thanks!!

Melissa Redmon said...

Would also love to know the fabric you used for the drapes. :)