Here is part III of our kitchen face lift. Read the first two posts here and here. We are still waiting for our new counters and backsplash to be installed so today I’m going to show you how we rearranged the upstairs to make things much more practical for our family of three.
Our living room has already been through quite a bit of change since we moved in over two years ago. We only really use it when we entertain because it’s not the best room for reading or playing. When we first moved in it had more lamps and tables and chairs:
A few weeks ago it was in a cozier arrangement with seating around an ottoman I had slipcovered via Etsy.
Before Mazen arrived and before we replaced the light fixture, this is what our dining room looked like:
After the new light:
Since the first time we set foot in our house I have wanted to reverse the living and dining rooms. But once we got our table inside, we realized it fit just fine and that was that.
But once Mazen was old enough to move, I started to realize why everyone on HGTV is obsessed with open kitchens. Our porch acts an upstairs living area in the warmer months, but it’s still hard to see Mazen while I’m cooking through the door. And with the winter coming, I knew we’d need a better upstairs play area.
A few weeks ago I actually pushed the dining table over and made a play area on the other side of the dining room. But it was cramped and just didn’t feel right. Plus our table was only partly functional if we had more than 2 people over and we had to sit two on one side so we weren’t both in arm’s reach of Mazen at the table.
SO, when we moved the dining room table into the living room to have the cabinets painted, I knew it had to stay. It looked so majestic there, covered in kitchen stuff and all!
When it was time to put the “dining room” back together…
We did a switch-a-roo
I LOVE the table in its new space. It’s more open and airy and fits the formality of the room with all of its glass front cabinets.
Eating dinner in here is way more fun than I imagined. It’s cozy at night with the curtains closed and the twinkling IKEA lights on top of our bookcases. I can’t wait to host Thanksgiving this year!
I have actually moved a few of the chairs around since taking these photos so there is even more space. The Queen chair is now next to the couch in the living area for an extra conversation seat.
The living room change has been equally as fun
I love having all the space for Mazen to play while I am in the kitchen.
And it has also been awesome to have the couch next to the kitchen. We used to sit at the dining room table while one person was cooking and the other chatting, but now we get to lounge on the couch, so it’s much more comfortable and inviting.
M’s highchair lives in the kitchen. I usually eat breakfast on the couch while he does and eat my lunch during his nap. For dinners we bring his high chair into the dining room. It’s a 10 foot walk, so it’s no big deal to move. Once he is older we’ll probably leave his seat in there to eat all meals at the table. Maybe we’ll even switch the rooms back by that time!
I bought another one of Ballard Designs’ easy-clean outdoor rugs with a lush pad underneath for playing. I wish I had bought a bigger size (I bought it thinking it would just take up half the room) but it’s big enough to work for now.
I am getting new covers for pillows on the couch (these purple ones are Karen’s from 1990-something) and I’ll show final photos of the space when this whole project is done! Counters in T-1 week!