This may sound like a silly statement since we moved in some two and a half years ago… but it’s the truth. Since we’d moved in, our dining room sat essentially devoid of furniture (we put a couple chairs by the window for the kitties to lounge on) and definitely devoid of purpose. A sad existence for a room, really. When we finally finished up the walls, and even started painting, I felt all tingly with excitement — we were gaining a whole new room for the house!
I know it’s not Stuff that makes a room — it’s how the room is used that defines what it is after all — but having a painted room, then a painted room with a refinished floor, then with a light fixture, a new door, then baseboards… well, the whole thing has been kind of a happy snowball leading up to us finally being able to put in furniture (and not just any furniture — it’s the dining set The Boy grew up with!) and allow me to finally declare: We have a dining room.
Before I get ahead of myself, I feel the need to address Rachel‘s question from my un-wordy weekend. (I wasn’t ignoring you! I just needed to get pictures to properly explain!) A quarter round is just a way of hiding an otherwise gawky transition.
Our baseboards tuck behind our hardwood floors (between the edges of the wood and the drywall) and this means little gaps where the wood isn’t quite the same length, or the wall’s not flat, etc.
A quarter round is a quarter-circle of wood that sits at the foot of the baseboard, on top of the hardwood, to cover up and prettify that transition:
Though you can buy quarter rounds from the store (for a ludicrous price), The Boy is the proud owner of many a power tool and declared that he would make them himself, for a fraction of the cost — and he did! (The result, of course, of a full day of being hunched over his work is that his back was killing him afterwards. Next time I think I shall have to enforce regular breaks. Also: tile the standing areas in the garage with those foam square things. Standing on concrete just isn’t good for the body.)
So the picture of the feet upon feet of quarter round waiting to be sanded and painted was the result of all his hard work, and eventually went to prettifying our room!
We’re not entirely done. The window casing needs doing, and we need to repaint the pocket door (as there was a sneaky ninja nail that we didn’t discover until it had ripped a scratch in our meticulously sanded and painted new door), there’s a tonne of tidying still to do and at some point in the misty future, crown mouldings. Nonetheless, both of us were so excited that the walls and baseboards were DONE, that we had to start setting the room up first, leaving the details for another day.
So, with my caveats in place, and my little bit of quarter round ‘splaining out of the way, I present… our dining room:
What’s that? There’s no table at which to dine? Or course not. Immediately after snapping that shot, The Boy and I hopped to hauling out all of the boxes of dishes and other shiny breakables that we’d tucked away since our wedding to Put In The Hutch One Day. After all, that day had arrived!
(Both of us were a little shocked at how much space we cleared up out of the “stuff” room where it had all been stored. I suspect that while I am happy to finally have the stuff in a place where it is accessible, and thus will be used, The Boy is happy to have so much more free space.)
Anyhow, after we cleaned up all the boxes and bubble wrap, we had our First Official Dining Room Dinner :
It was a wonderful meal.