Porch House // Dining Room Before + After


Even though we bought the Porch House a year ago (an entire year!) and have already sold it, there are still a ton of spaces we haven’t gotten to on the blog yet. There’s the living room, the entire upstairs, the kitchen, the exterior, and the dining room.  Phew! I’m chomping at the bit to share these, so today we’re going to look at the dining room.

Believe it or not, this dining room saw quite a bit of renovation work even though we didn’t have to do any major changes. This was one of those rooms that just needed to be cleaned up and left alone as much as possible. Here’s what the dining room looked like when we first bought the Porch House.

This room had great bones: original moldings, hardwood floors, a large window, and a built-in hutch. It was so good that we didn’t need a design plan, we just needed to bring it into the 21st century. And indeed, besides the ceiling fan, baseboard heater, and floors – which were all of the wrong era or in too rough of shape to salvage – we saved everything else.

Even with our small design agenda, there was still a fair amount of work to do: electrical, heating, paint, lighting, fixing up the old hutch, plaster repair, and of course the new hardwood floors.  This room wasn’t part of our 16-day HGTV pilot, Master Plan, so we had the luxury of time to finish this room.

Most of you know that we sold the Porch House to Garrett’s parents so we never had to stage this space, but I did bring in the couch and table from the sunroom to give you a bit of scale. In hindsight I wish I had taken more photos of this room finished, like of the window and the opposite vantage point. Ugh. At the end of an extensive renovation like this one, we’re always so busy with the punch list and super eager to pack up and be done that sometimes (read: almost always) photos are the lowest priority. More often than not, I find myself wishing I had taken more photos when I finally get around to downloading them. But so it goes in the glamorous life of DIY renovators 😉

One thing I love in this dining room is the light fixture. It’s far more modern than I usually select for our spaces, but it’s sculptural, bright, and focal – everything we needed in here. We opted to leave the fixture high instead of dropping it over the table, because we didn’t know where the future owners would put the table or even if they’d use this space as a dining room.

I’d love to know where you stand on the modern-light-in-an-old-house look, championed by Old Home Love among others. It was definitely an uncharacteristic move for me, but I’m surprised by just how much I love it!

Sources: wall paint – BM Simply White // trim paint – C2 Vex // chandelier // velvet pillows // latch on hutch // vase (similar) // table and couch vintage (from Craigslist) //

Related Posts: Porch House hardwood floors // Porch House floor plan // We’re Filming a Pilot for HGTV // Dexter House Backyard //

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  1. LOVE that chandelier in the space!

  2. I love the chandelier!! We’re about to move into a 1922 brick bungalow and I want to do a mix of vintage and modern….already clicked the link because I may buy this exact light!

  3. Kristin Johnson says:

    I agree that there are many new light fixtures out there that look great in old houses! Not all of them do though. I am replacing some questionable additions in my house. Some are being replaced with actual old lights but in a couple spots, we found a new light that we love. I think the quirky factor definitely helps!

    • Good point! Yeah I’m not into a lot of the modern light fixtures – like you I think we’ll be saying “what were they thinking” in 30 years. But depending on the old house you have, certain modern lights can be a fun addition. I don’t think I’d put them in our Farmhouse for instance

  4. I cannot wait to hear and see more about the fireplace transformation I keep seeing peeks of in these photos!

  5. It turned out wonderfully! I’m curious what you did with your baseboards and moldings. Ours are original (1915) but have years and years of paint layers. Do you have any advice?

    • Thanks Naomi! Most of the molding in here is original but had layers of paint. We filled in any big chips with wood filler and sanded and then caulked seams. Once the moldings looked pretty good we gave them a thick coat of good-quality primer (which will even things out even more) and then painted. Hope that helps!

  6. Ohhhh I’m a big lover of modern light fixtures in old rooms! <3

  7. Khara Padgett says:

    I love the paint and trim colors in this room and am thinking of using something like this on a new project with small kids. I’m not familiar with C2 paint, could you give me some info on it or a recommendation of a similar color? Also, how has the white walls worked with your kids? Do they get dingy fast and have to be washed a lot? Thanks so much for any tips!

    • You could ask for a color match on C2 Vex and see if someone can do it. It’s similar to BM revere pewter but with more green in it. And no, I haven’t had to wash our walls alot

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