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Need help with Dining/Kitchen

rachel12345678January 17, 2013
We have a combined kitchen and dining space. We would like to add a dry bar area to the dining room but are not sure of the best type of furniture to go with. We have considered built ins, breaking the wall into a half wall counter bar, and buying a console to use as a bar. Cost is a factor so we thought furniture to be the best option.

We need storage for liquor bottles and bar items. We also would like a countertop area to serve drinks from.

We thought we could put it on the long empty wall. Problem is, we don't know how to choose something complementary to our kitchen cabinets.

Please help! We would Also appreciate any other decorating tips you can offer including how we can dress up the window.

I took the photos at night.

Thanks in advance!
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I think since budget is an issue, get a craigslist dresser you like (something with legs) and paint it an accent color. But, it looks like you could use color. How about getting a fabric you love and freshen up the dining chairs. Then, you can pick a color from the fabric and paint the dresser that bold color. Here's an old dresser painted. Seach "painted dresser in dining room" and you'll see lots of fun ideas.
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1 Like    Bookmark   January 17, 2013 at 7:57PM
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Barbara Griffith Designs
I would move the trash can from the dining area into the kitchen. Also, I think I see, in the third picture the side of a fridge,if that is true I would put up a little framing and put a piece of drywall over it and paint it the wall color. That would make the dining area a little less in the kitchen. Place a colorful, olefin (easy to clean and inexpensive) rug under your table to also dress the table area. I like Darzy's idea about the dresser, I have done this numerous times and it always works, choose one that fits the space best. Also look for used credenzas they often have doors for storing bottles & glasses. I would also place a large rectangular framed mirror, vertically, over the piece to dress it up a little more. When used as a bar, I like to have a fancy tray, I find silver ones in resale shops, that I place on the top with great liquor bottles(ones with colorful labels & bottle color.
2 Likes    Bookmark   January 17, 2013 at 8:30PM
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I agree with Darzy. Find a large piece of furniture which will give the space more character than a built in and still give you a lot of storage. Please nothing skimpy. Then hang a large scaled mirror above and maybe and candlestick lamps at each end. Place a big tray in the center with a collection of bottle, decanters and glasses. A large area rug under the dining table would warm up the space (approximately 3 ft. off each edge of the table). If you can pull the dining table away from that high window it would be nice to place a narrow console under that awkwardly high window. This might require moving the chandelier a bit as well to keep it centered over the table. It looks a bit cramped against that window wall.
2 Likes    Bookmark   January 17, 2013 at 8:39PM
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Barbara Griffith Designs
PS..A roman shade for the window, mounted at the crown molding, stationary or working. Pulled up enough to just cover the top trim of the window. It will make the window appear larger-taller.
    Bookmark   January 18, 2013 at 9:22AM
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Thanks for all the great ideas. Got a colorful rug today. Looking around for a painted buffet. We will hang the mirror above and also some floating shelving to store and display.
Where can I purchase a roman shade like you describe? And what color to match my brown (inherited) walls? I will also try to reupholster the chairs to add color. Thanks again to all.
    Bookmark   January 18, 2013 at 8:56PM
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ohhh aahhh! I like your new rug. I think floor to ceiling panels for the windows would look great in here to soften the space. Be sure to hang the rod 6" past the window so the curtain panels are as wide as the table/chairs. happy hunting!
    Bookmark   January 18, 2013 at 9:08PM
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How about a sagey green faux silk for the windows? Since you have color and pattern on the floor, maybe you can live with the chair fabric.
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1 Like    Bookmark   January 18, 2013 at 9:11PM
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Great suggestion, but because we have a baby, can't go with that. I worry they'll get either pulled down or covered with food.... How about the roman shade idea in your color?
    Bookmark   January 18, 2013 at 9:26PM
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I understand! Not diggin roman shades because the window is small for the space/furniture. Thinking of something more fun..... hmmm I'll think on it. :) Plus, other Houzer Pros are better with window treatments than me. : )
    Bookmark   January 18, 2013 at 9:32PM
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suggest you look I to Annie Sloan Chalk Pant for your painted storage item. Go to Goodwill and have fun girl!!!
    Bookmark   January 18, 2013 at 9:33PM
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Barbara Griffith Designs
Love the rug. Look in resale shops for small chests/dressers/credenzas..very inexpensive choose for size & shape. Then paint it yourself..really easy. Regarding the window, To me the window is too small for side panels and I did notice you had children. I would still look or make (a JoAnn's can help) for a roman shade, again mount it at the ceiling. Make sure it is at least 2-3" wider on each side of your window. Choose a color(s) from your new rug, I like the green. A solid color with darker wide banding. If not..how about a woven wood roman shade. They are quite inexpensive from Lowes.
1 Like    Bookmark   January 19, 2013 at 10:27AM
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Or, for the window, you could do bi-fold shutters that actually open/fold on the outside of the window. That way, you can close completely, or leave the shutters open on the side of the window to make the window appear wider. And, it will "dress" the window. Or, a sliding style.
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    Bookmark   January 19, 2013 at 1:44PM
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I wanted to thank Everyone again for the terrific suggestions. Today, I recovered the chairs with new fabric. I plan to keep a lookout on craigslist and at secondhand stores for a piece of furniture that we can paint and use for the bar. The suggestion for the chalk paint was outstanding. I never knew it existed and I will definitely do that. We are thinking of painting it either Sage green or robins egg blue but distressed.

As for the window, I really like the idea about the shutters. A white wood blind would look good too, I think, but can't be sure.

The last thing I need is to change the light fixture. I am considering a pillar candle style round chandelier. Also the fixture is not centered over the table, so I will have to try to come up with a way to do that, or If it can't be done, I will remove it completely. (We also have recessed can lights in the room).

I'm attaching new photos showing the transformation in progress.

Thanks everyone!
1 Like    Bookmark   January 20, 2013 at 3:58PM
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I'm noticing how hard it is too see the chair cushions in the photos I posted.
    Bookmark   January 20, 2013 at 4:05PM
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Have fun with more color picked from your rug or chairs, and when you find the right piece for your wall paint deeper shade. Don't move the light completely, you can use a hook to center it from the chain.
    Bookmark   January 20, 2013 at 4:12PM
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You can center the light fixture with a chain and hook from the ceiling. It's done all the time.
    Bookmark   January 20, 2013 at 4:18PM
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Garnatmom and njmomma do either of you know what to do if there isn't a stud there to attach the hook? Thank you.
    Bookmark   January 20, 2013 at 5:42PM
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If there is not a stud you can install a molly bolt and hook (wing bolt thing). You shove the bolt with the wing in the hole, and when you "screw" it tight the "wings" clamp down (above where you can't see) on the sheetrock and holds securely. 99 cents or so. But, for $50 or so, you can have an electrician move the box over (which I like better).
    Bookmark   January 20, 2013 at 8:29PM
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