Looking back at our renovation – the fireplace project and the dining room

Looking back at our renovation works – The fireplace project and the dining room.

Welcome to the third day of this week in which I do a blogpost every day on our renovation that took place last winter and spring. I wrote an article on the project when it all started and since, I didn’t follow up here on the blog.
So to do so now, I give you this ‘marathon’ week with 5 articles to show you what has happened since.

Each section gets its article. Monday I told you about the bedrooms on the ground floor, yesterday about the new living room and the new entrance and today the dining room, the fire place and the office. Tomorrows’ post isabout the mezzanine and Friday I will finish with (what remains to be done and) the exteriors.
Are you still with me?

Let’s do this (again)!

 

Looking back at our renovation works – The fireplace project and the dining room.

Lockdown activity: sanding the walls and ceiling and then painting

 

Our large living space hasn’t changed that much on the other side. Before, we had exchanged living room and dining room to have the living room under the mezzanine for more intimacy and also more light.
Now the dining room is back to its original place under the mezzanine which is also next to the kitchen (and that makes more sense).

As I explained in yesterday’s and Monday’s articles, we had the floor done everywhere on the ground floor except in the kitchen, to install underfloor heating and to change its’ look. The old (red) Salernes tiles have been replaced by a béton ciré style floor.

 

 

Floor heating – the anhydrite screed being worked on to avoid air bubbles – the floor done – the floor dry

The new fireplace project.

The biggest change in this part of the house was the destruction (there really is no better word) of the large fireplace to create a project around a woodburning stove.

This fireplace (built in the seventies) was of an improbable size (with a width of 3m50) and dominated the room. It was burning wood at record speed to barely heat the house.
I can’t tell you the joy we felt when the builders started demolition on this oger of a thing!

 

Looking back at our renovation works – The fireplace project and the dining room.

The panels that dvided our home during the first 2 months – opening up – the 3m50 fireplace destroyed – building works – staircase before pouring the floor

Inspired by images seen in magazines and online, I drew the project that I wanted to have built in its’ place. We wanted a fireplace again and we’d already chosen the woodburning stove that would replace the open fire.

I chose to create a wall with two niches, one for the stove and the other for settling down with lots of cushions, to read a book or simply to enjoy the fire. I measured all the possibilities precisely and handed my drawing to the builders. What joy to see something you put on paper come to life (thanks to a very competent builder). It was exactly as I had imagined it.

 

Looking back at our renovation works – The fireplace project and the dining room.

The fireplace project under construction. The pink panels are fire proof ones.

 

Looking back at our renovation works – The fireplace project and the dining room.

Our fireplace project with its’ two niches finished and working

 

Looking back at our renovation works – The fireplace project and the dining room.

At the end of the afternoon the sun comes right into the reading niche.

 

The dining room.

We’ll, once again, be dining under the mezzanine.
Seeig as we had to extend this mezzanine by over 50 cm (I’ll tell you more about it tomorrow) the dining room is a little bigger visually. Its ceiling was full of wooden beams and as we were insulating it for thermal and sound reasons, we decided to cover part of the beams. This also calmed the rather heavy wood style esthetically.

In our former dining room we had an old wooden armoire in which we stored glasses, crockery, all sorts of stuff. But now it doesn’t blend in anymore and so we had to slightly cut off its’ legs to slide it (literally) into the guestroom.
I’m hoping to find a lovely vintage sideboard to hold at least half of what was in its ‘antique’ predecessor. In the meantime when we have friends over for dinner, we’re regularly looking for plates, glasses or the wine carafe in boxes.
But that’s ok really …

 

 

Looking back at our renovation works – The fireplace project and the dining room.

View of the dining area with the wall desk at the left

The workplace.

In changing the layout of our entrance (to be better understood after reading the article on the new living room and the new entrance) we had to give something up! It was the smaller room next to the entrance that I first used as an atelier and then as an office.

Even though we can work in other rooms of the house, we still wanted to create a workstation in the living room.
Opposite the fireplace, there’s a wall (between two windows) that’s just perfect for a desk. Seeing as we didn’t have the budget for the famous
sixties wall system so very popular at the moment, we took the one from the big Swede. With the exception of the desk because it’s quite small; We found a bigger one online, from ‘a big french‘.

 

Looking back at our renovation works – The fireplace project and the dining room.

Wall system Svälnas by Ikea and desk by Laredoute. The ‘home office’

Decorating

Our decorating style should remain quite calm, minimalist even, for now at least.
We have just found Zellige style tiles to put some behind the woodburning stove to create some depth in the project.

Little by little we will put things on the walls and I’d especially like to decorate with plants, but we will take our time for all of it.

We had however put aside a budget for lighting. We didn’t have that many before and since the living room has gained 40% in surface area, it was needed.
I am delighted with the 2 huge rattan pendant lights found at Couleur Locale, especially at night when they are lit, it’s super pretty and cozy.
We also found a small Alinéa wall fixture, for the entrance and in the reading nook, which we also like a lot. And over the couch there’s a wall light from La Redoute and a glass pendant light from Kwantum, in the Netherlands.
It’s great to see what some lighting fixtures already do in home decor.

 

Looking back at our renovation works – The fireplace project and the dining room.

 

So much for the renovation of this section of our home! Tomorrow I will take you upstairs, onto the mezzanine, to our family room. No big changes took place here, but still enough to deserve a blogpost.

See you tomorrow?

 

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