My clients wanted a conservatory style dining room. These can be very expensive and we were on a budget. The idea for the room was to open it up to outdoors and highlight the view.

Originally, this room opened onto a craft/ junk room with sliding doors. We removed the slider and framed in the space, and I designed a long built-in buffet for that wall. These clients have a big family and they love to entertain so the buffet was a must. We also removed the arch window, slider and sidelight windows on the outside wall, and replaced them with a great set of  tall French doors that the owner found on Craig’s list! This is great tip…look for items on Craig’s list before buying new, reuse & save!

In addition to the buffet I commissioned the dining table and a bench. The table has a great design and we just love the way it came out. We stained it a drift wood color and then finished it with epoxy.

Before: notice the windows and unpainted wood

After: New paint, windows, lighting and doors really open up the space!

Photographer: Liz Donnelly
Here is another shot of the room-photo Liz Donnelly

Before Photo: This shot is really a during construction shot, you can see we have framed in the wall behind the built-in

After: This built-in is framed by the wonderful windows I turned into mirrors. They reflect the view which is lovely! My faux painter painted the cabinet to look like aged wood and the top to look like marble. It is really a fabulous piece.

Look at this built-in I just love it!-photo Liz Donnelly
Close up of sink area-photo Liz Donnelly

I hope you enjoyed seeing the before and after shots. It really proves that anything is possible. It was such fun to work on this project & see the owners dream of a conservatory dining space come to life!

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I hope you are all enjoying summer as it slips by!

Best, Celia


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