Monday, February 8, 2010

Simple DIY Home Makeover Week: An Easy Way to Define a Small Space

Project 1 – Chair Rail and Paint to Define a Small Space

Our dining area is a really awkward space completely open to both the living room and the kitchen. It has 5 entry & doorways surrounding it – awkward to say the LEAST! We have a great table from World Market - solid wood, neutral stain, two leaves can be inserted to expand it to seat 8 when we have company. Indestructible.
But I have never been able to define the area to make it feel like a dining area. I have changed out the mirror / art several times on that one little wall and the curtains in front of the sliding door without much difference. Right now we have a funky multi-colored tin tile mirror from American Signature Furniture and some linen curtains from Target.
When I saw this picture from Joe’s birthday it made me wonder if it would be strange to just put up chair rail and paint the small wall areas just surrounding the table even though the rest of the open space wouldn’t have that treatment on the walls. 

Well I think it worked out! I love it! So simple - a $6 piece of 7-foot molding from Lowes was all we needed for the chair rail. To paint underneath I used a sample size of paint that we had left over from picking colors for the outside of our house – only $3 if I had needed to buy it though. I considered a funky color but thought that might draw attention to the area in an odd way instead of just being a subtle accent to define space which is what it turned into. I think this could work for so many applications and awkward spaces that need a little definition.

Option 1 - Power Tools: Finishing Nailer and Miter Saw
Option 2 – All Hand Tools: Miter Box and Saw; Hammer; Nail Set; Nails
For Both 1 & 2 – Level; Measuring Tape; Caulk; Paint for molding; Paint for above / below molding optional.  
TIME - Less than 2 hours for this space. 


Check out all the projects in this category by clicking here.

Do you have any other ideas for defining individual small spaces in an open space?

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