Dining Room!

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We’re not done, but it’s looking all sorts of better in here. BEHOLD:

dining room progress

This post is sponsored by Floor&Decor. All opinions are my own.

New floor! New paint! New rug! Considering the snail’s pace at which we normally work, this has been lightning-fast. Of course, there isn’t any storage, lighting, or artwork yet, but whatever. This is PROGRESS. (It took us two years to finish the basement and I swear on my plate of nachos we’re not doing that again. My goal is August.)

Remember last month when there were ramen noodles all over the floor and everything was brown?

dining room before

Frowny face.

It’s a breath of fresh air now. It also feels a lot bigger, which is kind of funny because it was a large room anyway. I’m glad we went with the same golden oak stain we already had in the kitchen. Dark floors might be trendy, but I have to maximize our piddly natural sunlight as much as I can. Bonus: golden oak works so well with blue.

dining room progress

Let’s talk price, since this has been a monster of a project. Aside from putting the concrete floor in the crawl space (highly recommend!), this is the most expensive thing we’ve done to the house. We hired a crew to install the new floors and refinish the existing hardwoods, and that was obviously the biggest slice of the pie: $2300. It would’ve been a little cheaper if we used an oil-based polyurethane, but we didn’t want the extra fumes hangin’ around and opted for water-based instead. Note: if you’re feeling adventurous and want to tackle this yourself, renting the tools would only set you back a few hundred bucks.

Since the crew was a bit of a splurge, we used some birthday gift cards to cover the baseboards, paint, and underlayment–which saved us about $200. I also got a wee bit intense about finding an affordable rug. We needed a 9×12, so “affordable” is a relative term, but I found THIS piece of majesty for $199:

blue dining room rug

Yaaaaaas. It’s perfect with the floors. And the walls. And the forthcoming artwork we have yet to purchase that is also blue. Now this space coordinates with the rest of the house instead of being a weird eyesore as soon as you walk in.

dining room progress

Rug: AllModern | Paint: Silver Spoon by Olympic | Floors: Floor&Decor

In case you’ve missed anything about the project so far, check out the design inspiration, the overall plan, and some details about hardwood floors in case you, too, want to rip out any shag carpet.

So that’s where we are! We’re trying to figure out exactly what to do for storage on that back wall, and then we can finalize artwork. I’m also spending a lot of time staring at the floors, obviously, because they’re shiny and wonderful. What’s going on at your house? Are you gearing up for any summer projects? May is National Home Improvement month, so now’s the time. Yay!

13 Comments
  • D. Renée Wilson
    May 4, 2016

    Swear on your plate of nachos! You’re hilarious. xD That rug is a great find!!!!

    • Paige @ Little Nostalgia
      May 11, 2016

      That’s how you know I mean business. 😉

  • Edi
    May 4, 2016

    The rug looks great with the new floors. Blue is a great color with wood.

  • BeadedTail
    May 4, 2016

    Looking good! The rug is perfect!

  • Val
    May 4, 2016

    The dining room is looking fabulous. You guys will probably want to do a lot of entertaining in there once the finishing touches are added! Great buy on the carpet, It is a beauty!
    Our home improvement for this month is invisible and expensive, updating old electrical wiring. The contractor is working on it as I type. Everything should be completed by tomorrow then we can tick that off our long list!

    • Paige @ Little Nostalgia
      May 4, 2016

      We’re having another couple over on Saturday! Haha. Jumping right in.

  • Splendid Little Stars
    May 4, 2016

    looking good! We replaced our carpeted dining room floor with hardwood and I love it!

    working on my house? yep! It’s organize! organize!
    and the yard–which needs organizing, too.

    next up inside: laundry room

  • Natashalh
    May 5, 2016

    Love the rug!!! The pattern and color are beautiful! So awesome! I would totally go with the less-toxic finish for a few extra dollars, too. So worth it!

    • Paige @ Little Nostalgia
      May 11, 2016

      It absolutely was. It also dried a lot faster, which was big for us since all of our exterior doors are off of the hardwoods and we would’ve had no way of getting into the house otherwise.

  • Duni
    May 6, 2016

    The rug is a beauty! Glad you found it in the size you wanted. That’s usually my problem over here. I see a rug I like and then they don’t offer the size I need!
    Your dining room is coming together nicely 🙂

    • Paige @ Little Nostalgia
      May 11, 2016

      I’ve had that problem, too!

  • Chelsey
    May 8, 2016

    Oh lovely! Looks great 🙂 so nice and clean and open now.

  • Melissa @ Bubby & Bean
    May 10, 2016

    Ahhhh! It looks so, so great! I love that rug something fierce. The floors are stellar too. Good work!

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