Jake and Karen's house...
...the progress

dining room current photos

The dining room is relatively enclosed with a coffered ceiling.

Moved furniture from breakfast area, added some extra chairs. I like the contrast of the two black head chairs. It now seats 8 comfortably, and if we have more to dinner, we can extend the table into the living room and add more chairs. I need a new light fixture, and I want to do built in buffet to the right of the table. I'm not sure what to do about the fish tank, I don't want to leave it on the opposite side of the built in. I'm testing out wall colours for this room.. I don't like the one I have in the photo... still looking!

We set out to 'do' the dining room. And in our true fashion, we weren't just going to paint! We scraped the popcorn ceiling (it was never painted and very easy), added pot lights, changed the light fixture, added crown molding, beefed up the baseboards, made full columns instead of half columns and painted!

Here's the stucco partly scraped off. Just a bit of water in a spray bottle and a plastic drywall blade.

Drop cloths to catch the scrapped off stucco. Messy, but oh so worth it.

I spray painted the pot light trim to silver, thought it would look nicer than white since it wasn't going to go on a white background. It worked out well, but next time I'd use a proper durable enamel spray paint instead of craft paint, which shows finger prints.

We added extra trim to the bottom of the columns so they look like full columns, not half columns. We just used MDF, painted trim colour.

After lighting, before paint and crown molding.

Close up of crown molding, pot lights and paint colour, which is Benjamin Moore Coventry Gray HC-169.

Here's the columns, now full length.

All done!

Ceiling close up. Note the lack of stucco! The light fixture is from Ikea, cheap and classy looking, likely temporary but it fits the decor of the room.

The furniture is back in. We moved the fish tank to the upstairs hallway, there's a perfect nook for it there. We now have to find some art for the walls.

With hardwood installed.