While I was snapping photos of our chalkboard, I realized that I have not shared much about the original side of the house, and decided to get some pictures of what is now our dining room. When we first moved in, this was our entire common living space.

cottage2I snapped that photo the day we took possession, and we immediately got busy painting the walls a soft blue. Its funny because people always ask me if the blue is the original color of the walls… is it ugly? lol. I like the blue myself. haha. But it’s one of those questions that always has me wondering. We also started painting out the windows, as their trim was not in good shape. Nearly 3 years later, its a job that hasn’t been finished. We moved in, set up shop, and started working on the addition that fall, so, this side of the house remained relatively as is. Here are a few old shots I found on instagram from when this was our living/dining room combined:


Mamma view.

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This is what this room looks like now that we have claimed the space as our Dining Room:

diningroomchalkboardI would eventually like to do a wainscotting treatment on the wall- a combo of board and batten and tongue and groove, painted out in BM Simply White. We will leave the plaster on the top portion of the wall, and paint it in the same color we used in the Living Room. {it’s BM Grey Owl lightened by 50%} By bringing the tongue and groove into the dining room it will unify the old and new parts of the house. We are also going to pine the ceiling and hopefully add some additional lights down the road. This isn’t something that will happen any time soon, just a one day, someday project.

cottage dining roomThis angle gives you a better view of the light. We bought it at Home Depot. I love the industrial/farmhouse trend, and this fixture speaks to that. Our thrifted chairs are a major upgrade {6 for $100} but I would like to eventually paint them. I just can’t decide how! All white, all grey? multi colored… I don’t know. I worry if I paint them white then I would  need to repaint the table and 2 end chairs… what do you think? They are a factory finished “antique white” and I am worried it would clash to have 6 chairs painted out in a different white? I’m not really “worried” but you know what I mean…farmhouse tableThis farmhouse table is what I like to refer to as the “deal of the century!” It was from the Leon’s As Is section several years ago. It came with 2 leafs and extends to seat up to 12. It cost….. $100!!! I know. I know. We couldn’t believe it either. The veneer is damaged around the edges in a few spots, but other then that it’s been great. {you can see what I mean on the right hand edge} The 2 white chairs were also in the As Is for $25 each.

This space is very much a work in progress. I can’t wait to grow into it as a Dining Room… it feels huge, and we love it, because we both come from big families. It’s so nice to be able to host the ones we love for dinner, and not be on top of each other. Honestly, some days the build feels so far away, and it’s easy to forget the years of living in our little 2 bedroom house. I just feel so so thankful that this is our home, and it is actually real, and not still a big hole in the ground, or a framed box! It is a house, and we feel so blessed to call it ours. I love the original cottage, and the new space… green chalkboard

This week has been a little house heavy. Hope you don’t mind! I have had a few requests to share how the house flows now that we have moved into the addition, so I am working on putting a house tour together. Little by little 😉

So glad it’s the weekend! Happy Friday Ya’ll,

-Miss Ash






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