A blog about the restoration, remodel and renovation of a 1929 Chicago-style brick bungalow

Dining Room

Our bungalow dining room has probably needed the least amount of work. Beyond beat-up plaster walls and woodwork refinishing, it just needed general painting and decorating. To read in more detail about various Dining Room projects and changes, visit the Dining Room category page.

June 2007 – Fall 2007

Before we moved in. The two corner cabinets were removed before the floors were refinished. At first we thought they were original to the house, but we discovered they were obviously installed later, probably in the ’40s or ’50s.

The hardwood floors had just been refinished.

The dining room is the only spot in the house that could handle our bookcases as one unit, but I like a dining room/library multi-use space. That meant the corner cabinets wouldn’t work here. We held onto them for a while in case we changed our mind, but because they weren’t original to the house, we eventually gave them to the Previous Owner (PO), who really wanted them.

Late Winter 2008

I fell in love with this Dupioni silk fabric for our Roman shades. There are so many color options in the pattern. I decided to go with Firenze (Benjamin Moore) for the wall color which complements the bookcases and Honeymoon for the ceiling.

The plaster walls had just been repaired and painting had begun. The walls were originally textured, but they were skim-coated smooth.

A fine layer of plaster covered everything, everywhere. A close-up of the chandelier (probably installed in the ’50s or early ’60s). I wasn’t crazy about the chandelier at first but I’ve come to appreciate it more.

As of June 2012

The antique dining table goes from a compact 4′ x 4′ square to 10-feet long with its 6 self-storing leaves. One of our best purchases. I like to keep it angled and near the windows on most days.

Our collection of old family photos in the stairwell.

Dining room chairs finally recovered. While these 4 chair styles match, we’re not into the matchy-matchy thing, hence the different seat covers. We have additional dining room chairs that we bought at flea markets that don’t match this chair style and have leather seats.

As of December 2012

The final change happened in the fall of 2012 when we hired a carpenter to finish the look of stairs leading to the completed attic remodel. This is how it originally looked when the PO opened the attic stairs to the dining room.

We removed the half-walls that were constructed by the PO. The angle didn’t match the stairs anyway once we pitched the depth of the staircase.

The newly reconstructed staircase opens up the stairwell and ties the second floor with the rest of the house, making it a more cohesive space.


  1. Laura O on July 29, 2016 at 1:30 pm

    Do your remember what paint color/brand you used in the stairwell? We have a Firenze wall in our kitchen and need a neutral color for a connecting wall leading to the dining room. Thank you!

    • denise on August 1, 2016 at 2:50 pm

      Hi Laura, yes! We used Kangaroo in the stairwell, also a Benjamin Moore Aura color.

  2. Arlene on November 12, 2016 at 3:13 pm

    So glad you fixed the staircase. It looks wonderful now.

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