Before & After: Making a More Modern Dining Room

published Jul 23, 2015
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(Image credit: Justice Darragh)

When Clare and Mike bought this 1950s house in Toronto’s Leaside area, they had just five weeks to transform it into the ideal home for their family of seven. This crowded dining room was too busy for their modern taste so they got to work re-designing the space, starting with the walls. Goodbye wainscoting and French doors, hello clean, modern white!

(Image credit: Justice Darragh)
“When we bought the house there was a large, rather ugly kitchen island and cabinets as well as unattractive, dated flooring. We had all old cabinet doors removed and resprayed off site and updated hardware with more contemporary pulls. We took out the old island and upper cabinets to open up the room and installed recessed lighting. We replaced the island with a clean white granite composite waterfall counter.”

They had the alcove walls and ceiling re-framed and squared-off without embellishments, and painted the red oak floors white. They also replaced the overhead light fixture with a curbside find that Mike refurbished himself, and the gold ceiling pot lights were replaced with white, high-efficiency LED light bulbs.

Check out the full tour of this fabulous home: Clare & Mike’s Newly-Expanded Family Home

Thank you, Clare and Mike!