the last few years my wife has been asking me to construct a "booth"
like you might find in a diner or restaurant. As I thought about what might be
a good gift for our 20th anniversary I decided I would build it. Like most home
improvement projects this one "little thing" mushroomed into a complete
owner had the dining area dressed up with cove molding, a chair rail and removed
the wall texturing half way down to apply wallpaper. We painted and papered a
few years ago and added a 12" diameter white glass ball light fixture over
finished corner booth matches the proportions of the octagonal table and has ample
storage underneath. Sue made the cushions and re-upholstered the step stool and
4 chairs. The oak table got stripped and refinished.|
by fresh wallpaper, the finished area provides seating for more people. The size,
shape and proportions of the booth allows us to use the leaf in the table for
more serving room. A new ceiling fixture focuses 2 soft pools of light on the
china closet addition made by the previous owner provided plenty of storage but
was somewhat monolithic. Since we were removing the doors to paint we decided
to incorporate a style that has timeless appeal.|
cutting out the centers of the upper doors, adding glass and painting the back
wall the Lilly Pond green primary color, the cabinet now has more of a country
flavor and adds character to the room. The old brass finished hinges, handles
and drawer pulls were too dark in the new color scheme and were replaced with
we painted the kitchen last time we chose off-white for the cupboards & cabinets
and a soft yellow as the primary color. The top of center island and countertops
were also an off-white.|
time we settled on bright white for the woodwork, Lilly Pond green for the primary
color. The new countertops have a light oak wood grain finish that closely matches
the refinished table and chairs. We also used glass in 2 cupboard doors in the
corner opposited the china cupboard and again painted the back wall.||
weeks of construction it was time to replace the houses original vinyl flooring.
The bad news was we had to strip the old vinyl ourselves because of fear of exposing
the installers to possible asbestos content of older flooring. This was NOT FUN!
Sue did most of it with a single edge razor blade paint scraper.|
was a problem with the first delivery of new vinyl but the finished product brightens
the room and the pattern of small diamonds gives the room a larger look.||
new stove and range hood in matching white and a fresh coat of paint on the ceiling
continue to brighten the room. Of course everyone knows with a new stove you need
new pots & pans to really cook properly.|
deeper stainless steel sink with a new hardware provide a more comfortable food
prep & cleanup area. We also brought the fabric from the booth and chair cushions
over to the valances on the vertical blinds over the window and patio door.|
you can see, what started out as basically a little extra seating turned into
weeks of inconvenience, dust, takeout food, hard work and expense. We think the
end result was worth it. The kitchen is more attractive, more modern and is better
suited to our lifestyle.
The dining area as
it appears today.
those of you who have emailed us about the construction of the booth, I've added
some drawings and photographs of the framing. The links below will display them
in a separate window for printing. Some modifications may have been made to compensate
for the existing walls and outlets. Remember these are rough sketches to assist
in planning and are NOT architectural plans.
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