Dining room (almost) finished!

It’s been awhile. And it was a lot of work! But the dining room is almost as I wanted it to be. I still want to put some vintage wallpaper up in the alcove that now houses my little electric piano, but who knows when I’ll get to that?

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Luckily, I have a painter in the family, but he lives very far away. He decided to drop in, though, and I let him go to work! Here, we’re deciding which hue for the dining room walls.
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And here, he’s helping me remove the casings from around the window.

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Ready to start painting, while I continued stripping the paint off the trim in the garage.
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Paint stripped, wood filler slapped on.
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Smoothed and sanded.
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Stained and lacquered.
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Since I knew how hard it was to try and strip paint from the un-removable parts, I eventually decided on brown paint instead for the inside of this doorway and for the baseboards. It took a good while to find a brown that would blend in, but in the end, although noticeable, it isn’t strikingly odd or different.
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Archway to living room DONE!
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Now the daunting task of the two doors. This one leads to the basement. I couldn’t carry it down to the garage, so carried it onto the porch.
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And began work.
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This is the closet door. I was even lazier and decided to strip it in the dining room. Things didn’t go so well, whether because the new batch of Citristrip I bought had a completely different color and consistency, or the wood is just a different wood. If I’d known, I would’ve gotten conditioner!
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In the end it turned out alright.
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Though a tad too dark.
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And here’s the basement door installed and I’ve finally, after weeks, nay months, of procrastination painted the baseboards.
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And there are the kitchen doorway and dining room window! My neighbor across the street has the actual original kitchen door stored in her basement. It’s a swinging door with panes of glass in it where the mirrors on the other doors are. She said I can have it and someday, I will go and get it.

I’ve decided NOT to do the same thing to all the trim and not even the mantle in the living room because I just can’t bear the thought of all the work. It will all stay white…at least for now.


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