Lightening and Brightening the Dining Room

A collision of colors — from the blue walls to the two-toned dining table — and an oversized chandelier overwhelmed Andy and Leigh Dale Younce’s dining room. But Danny and Chelsea changed that.

Andy and Leigh Dale Younce bought this 1960s-era home just three months ago. Their sons, Sam and Parker, enjoy the outdoor spaces.

Leigh Dale loves the updated kitchen and Andy likes the openness that’s been added to the old floor plan — but nobody’s crazy about the dining room.

So inside, we’ll add wainscoting and a more appropriate light fixture to the dining room. We’ll convert the kitchen doorway to a proper cased opening, replace the fluted trim around the pass-throughs and remove the oversized granite bar to the living room.

We’ll also make some changes outside, where we will add a little entertainment to an already ample deck.

The Projects

Remove and Replace Trim on Two Pass-Throughs

Fluted trim just doesn’t belong here.

Fluted trim is a beautiful addition to any home — but it just doesn’t fit in this room, around the pass-throughs.

So we’re going to remove and replace the inappropriate trim on the two pass-throughs and then we will rework the doorway to the kitchen.

Once we clear out the furniture, the china cabinet and protect the floors, we begin de-constructing things.

Chelsea starts getting rid of the fluted molding, and I begin removing stops on the old kitchen door.

Paint Walls

Painting the dining room’s walls instantly transforms the entire room.

Andy and Leigh Dale’s dining room already is looking much different and overnight, the couple painted the upper half of the walls to brighten things up considerably.

Isn’t it amazing what a difference some paint can make?

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