So not too long ago I shared our DIY modern firewood storage wall rack! We absolutely loved it UNTIL we started Christmas shopping and decided to make a practical change. Although we will miss this temporary DIY project, we love the changes we made in our dining room even more.
We just couldn’t justify the waste of space on that wall, when it had greater potential. If you’re new around here, we live in an older home, 1963 to be exact, and we have absolutely zero storage whatsoever. No hallway closets, no walk in bathrooms, nothing. In fact our children (or guest bathroom as it’s been referred to as) is bigger than our ‘master’ bathroom. So we must create all of the storage that we currently have.
I gave a little hint on this instagram post a few days ago.
So moving along. If you haven’t read our Journey to minimalism, I highly recommend you check it out to fully understand this slight last minute design change. I could probably update that post, but you’ll understand more in a second.
Also, because I love the process of before, during, progress, and after photos let’s go through a visual of what this space has looked like. Progression is such an amazing part of design. It’s ever evolving, and I’m excited to FINALLY say that four years later (almost 5!) we have discovered our style for this home of ours. It feels so good to have the visions we we’re searching for to finally come to life. Your home does not happen overnight.
First up…what our dining room looked like when we moved in vs now. And why we made this switch.
So our home is pretty empty. All of our children’s items/toys are outdoor related so they’re stored in the garage. HOWEVER, one thing we buy in excess are family games. These are any types on board games, and they range in age group because of the ages of our children. We previously had our games stored in this DIY credenza, but even with a lock, the toddlers found a way in there.
We wanted to eliminate the games getting messed up, or chewed up by our puppy so we made the executive decision for this new dining room cabinet to be our new game storage. That way we can keep the games with smaller pieces (like battleship for example) up and out of reach of little fingers. The credenza will be used for blanket storage for the couch from now on.
We opted to put the firewood storage on the top of the cabinet to also keep it out of the way (aka toddlers). I opted to paint it, and used this color, which I absolutely love. The ceiling/fireplace need to be cosmetically touched up, but the biggest burden right now aesthetically is still our floors. Our orange floors.
If you’ve sanded your floors by renting materials, I would love your to hear about your experience. Should we attempt to DIY them…or hire it out. That is the question. Until then here’s a few more angles.
Thank you for stopping by and reading today! I also moved the frame from above our credenza and put it to the right of the fireplace. Excited to show you the artwork I’m working on for it.