Fine dining.

Antique and modern built-ins, doors, windows, and a chimney... We worked around a multitude of obstacles to create a welcoming dining room and butler's pantry.

Antique built in. The chimney and mismatched woodwork. How about that backsplash tile?

The dining room was packed with windows, doors, and complicated surfaces to work around. The attached butler's pantry boasted a wall of windows, some very ugly custom-made cabinets, and a perplexing pass-through to the kitchen.

New lighting and wallpaper. New floor tiles cover the ugly laminate.

Electrician Jim Owens brought light to this dim room with the addition of built-in can lights. After the woodwork, brick, walls, and floors all received prep and paint by CertaPro, master paper hanger Jim Grinchis added natural grasscloth in a custom-cut brick pattern.

Open to the front garden. Photo by Alec Hemer.

Light streams into the finished room. The warm tones of the grasscloth wallpaper soften the cool greys of the floor and woodwork. By painting all of the woodwork a single color, the messy patchwork is unified for a more polished appearance.

A large WPA mural adorns the wall. Photo by Alec Hemer.

A large WPA mural dominates the room, drawing in eyes.

Our tufted Lincoln love seat in blue velvet. Photo by Alec Hemer.

Our tufted velvet Lincoln love seat makes a cozy spot to read.

A scrubbable indoor-outdoor rug is a practical option for this high-traffic space. Photo by Alec Hemer.

We found an inexpensive indoor/outdoor area rug for the dining room - a smart pick for living in a muddy region with a big dog.

Roger painted this vintage table a bold green.

Roger painted this vintage table a bold green.

The updated pantry is brighter and happier.

Closing up the pass-through in the butler's pantry and covering the walls with bead board gave the room more interest. The original cabinetry was simply painted, and new countertops were fashioned out of wood. The sharp tile floor and new hardware and feet on the cabinets make it hard to believe this is the same space.

Lincoln sofa at night.

One of Chris' photos of an empty airport terminal hangs over our Lincoln love seat, paired here with a vintage lamp that we rewired and painted.

The updated pantry is brighter and happier. The dining room viewed from the kitchen. Photo by Alec Hemer.

Viewed from the kitchen, the dining room's happy green table and crisp white chairs are cheerfully inviting. A pheasant from Chris' family's ranch in South Dakota hangs on the wall.


Colors SW 7076 Cyberspace, Sherwin-Williams
SW 7015 Repose Gray, Sherwin-Williams
Professional painting, CertaPro Painters
  Lincoln tufted love seat in lapis blue velvet
$1,499, Roger + Chris
Henriksdal Chair Henriksdal Chair in white
$69, IKEA
Window Treatments
Blind 2" Wood Blinds in Vintage Ashen Finish with Black Twill Ladder Tape
$210, Smith + Noble
Tile 12x12 Gloss Vinyl Tile
$0.69/sqft, Home Depot
Rug 8x12 Safavieh Indoor/Outdoor Courtyard Navy/Beige Polypropylene Rug
$189, Overstock
Art & Accessories
Art Pastel
Robin Hazard-Bishop

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