Simple dining room renovation

Downtown Colorado Springs, Downtown Colorado Springs Craftsman Bungalow

When we first moved in to our 1911 house in Colorado Springs, we used the dining room as the office. I like having my computer downstairs near the kitchen and laundry room. Plus our living room was big enough to have our dining table in it. But when we decided to sell the house we thought we should have a more conventional floor plan, so we moved the office upstairs and used the dining room as a real dining room.

This room just needed patching, painting, and hardware stripping.

Before and after. Looks like the former owners started to strip the trim but gave up. Stripping paint is a huge undertaking and this wood just wasn't that nice, so not worth it.

Before and after. Looks like the former owners started to strip the trim but gave up. Stripping paint is a huge undertaking and this wood just wasn't that nice, so not worth it. Plus the white trim (Benjamin Moore Cotton Balls) looks really nice against the Benjamin Moore Grey Owl on the walls.

Another view of the dining room "after".

Another view of the dining room "after".

There was no overhead light so we finally got this fun lamp at Habitat For Humanity ReStore for six bucks!

There was no overhead light so we finally got this fun lamp at Habitat For Humanity ReStore for six bucks! It had a gold chain so we spray painted it black.

We were really happy with how this room came out. Much better as a dining room than an office!

Edit: I just saw this lamp for sale online. LOL.

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  • Trista Donald

    Hello, I love your room, but I have a question. Is this a full-tint gray owl, or a half-tint? Thanks.

    • adrienne

      Hi Trista,
      It’s a full tint. The room is pretty bright- lots of windows and facing east- so it might looks lighter than usual. Thanks for stopping by!