Today on my renovation blog series, we’ll take a look at this property's grand dining room. As with all posts in this series, I’m going to show you the before and after photos of each room in this 1949 San Mateo ranch house, while explaining the changes we made, and why.
The original dining room looks dated, but you can tell from the photo that the windows offer lots of natural light and the wooden floors are in good shape. Additionally, the dining room faces the lovely backyard, and it is very roomy. When making renovations, we wanted to emphasize the view and the size of the room, and present it as "move-in ready".
The acoustical ceiling, or "popcorn" ceiling was removed, and the ceiling was given a smooth textured finish. We removed the wallpaper and a painted a neutral tone. All the window coverings were removed to allow more light in the room and to encourage the eye to the garden beyond. We replaced the fussy crystal chandelier with a drum chandelier. We did not want to spend the budget on relocation of the ceiling fixture to a more centralized position in the room, so we choose a pendent light with a swag chain. Modern staging added the perfect finishing touch: