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Painting The Dining Room Plus Build an Entryway

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Painting The Dining Room Plus Build an Entryway is taking a long time.  We are getting restless.

This spring we set out to repaint the dining room.  I picked out the color and bought the paint.

We happened to see a how-to video about scraping popcorn ceilings that made it look easy. Since the dining room had a popcorn ceiling we really wanted to get rid of, suddenly we were removing it. It’s easy enough to do, but makes a huge mess you can see on Dining Room Project Step One is Painting.

So no painting got done.

And I’ve also shared we want to build an entryway.  Now that the front room is in shambles, it’s the perfect time for this little project.

So no painting got done..

I scoured Pinterest for inspiration.  I like to pin ideas on a Pinterest Secret Board to keep ideas handy. We finally settled on the entryway idea below.  We started building and gathering materials, but nothing is solid yet.  A partial column lays on the floor. A few skeleton boards are attached to the ceiling and wall beckoning to be something.

It’s summer and mowing the grass, trimming trees and other fixes got in the way.

So no entryway is built yet.

No painting either to the length of time I hope I don’t change my mind on the color; Palladium Blue by Benjamin Moore.

Painting The Dining Room Plus Build an EntrywayI like what I like.  I still like this entryway idea, but I saw another design and my head got turned.

        I said to husband, would this be easier?  


DIY Tansom Window Thistlewood Farms via PinterestNow we have transom windows on our mind.  This inspiration comes from Thistlewood Farms DIY Transom Window. KariAnne of Thistlewood Farms has a few how-to tips on the post to follow too.

She salvaged her window.  We don’t have that option so we are exploring our options.

One idea I read about is using Plexiglas. It’s less expensive than glass but husband pointed out that it scratches easy.

A trip to a glass hardware store and ordering just the right size, then adding pieces of wood for partitions to create a transom window is what we are working out now.

Except, we spent this weekend sealing the driveway and then hysterically a tree upped and fell down.

So no entryway is built and no painting yet.

I may be singing All I Want for Christmas is a painted dining room and new entryway.

Update: We did find a Transom window.

Follow along on: 

Our DIY Transom Window Entryway Idea 

Build an Entryway

Transom Window Entryway Before and After

It all started on: 

Dining Room Step One

Gray Paint Colors with Wood Trim

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  1. I love this idea. My husband changes things in our home all the time. I never know six months from now what my house is going to look like. I hope you get your Christmas wish.

  2. Oh my Sue, painting your dining room has turned into quite a project. I do like the transom look above the pass through, it does add a lot of personality. It will be worth the effort to incorporate the transom into your entryway.

  3. Hi Jenny, yes the ceiling was a bear as far as the mess went and then the ceiling underneath had a lot of blotches that needed patching; quite the affair. I would love for you to email me the house, thank you very much!

  4. I looked it up and there is a store very near me and I’ll try to go on a Thursday when they are having sales, thanks for this great tip!!

  5. Well, sounds like you are almost ready to start it. Popcorn ceiling…Yikes! You all are ambitious. I will be looking forward to seeing the finished project. Have a link I wanted to share with you. Do you want me to e-mail it to you? It is a million or billion dollar home, I thought you might like. 🙂

  6. wow a step is a step in the right direction lol so i’m totally loving the second inspiration picture tooooo can’t wait to see how it turns out

  7. I’m like that too – I like what I like. I don’t those popcorn ceilings either. At least you have moved in an onward motion with getting things going. Everything in its good time I say. I’m looking forward to seeing the final project completion. I’m sure it will beautiful!

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