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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

2ND TIME AROUND.. PARKING TO DINING...

THIS is NOT my garage but, at one time, I had one just about like this...
2 car garage...not nearly as nice and straight as THIS one...
We used it a lot for storage and seldom parked our cars in it...
AND....I NEEDED A DINING ROOM.....BAD....MUCH WORSE THAN AN OLD, DIRTY GARAGE !!
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Thank you to DIANE for hosting this fun
2ND TIME AROUND TUESDAY
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Today, I would like to share my
2nd time around GARAGE... and tell you
how it became our DINING ROOM...
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Mr. Sweet Nothings got out his trusty pad and paper...
his calculator and his check book and
MADE MAGIC....
again !
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PLEASE....come into my
cozy dining room that once was a GARAGE...
but, kissed by PRINCE SWEET NOTHINGS,
and is now a functional and comfortable DINING ROOM for
our large family and for our home fellowship group, at times.
Our fantastic table, A MOVING SALE FIND, seats
ten comfortably and 12 in a pinch.....
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We added two LARGE windows on the front, giving us such
wonderful light and a view of our neighborhood....
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We opened a PASS THROUGH above the stove into the dining room
and I couldn't believe how much it opened up both the kitchen
and the dining room....
this opening really made the "new" room feel as if it was always here...
I have a wonderful tiled shelf on the pass-thru that I can pass hot dishes thru
to the table and I really love that !
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We also raised the low garage concrete floor up to the level of the house...
this made one continuous flow, making the dining room now a real
part of the house and then tiled all of it to match the kitchen...
this cost more money than anything else on the project as
Mr. Sweet and I did all the work ourselves...
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Looking thru the pass through...
the fireplace is a 2ND TIMER as well as
my chandy...I do love that chandy..just what I
wanted for that room..
Actually all the furniture in this room is thrifted...
I'll tell you about it another time.. ;>)
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Aren't those large windows just fabulous....
and Mr. Sweet made the shelves above ea window.
I told you he was GOOD !
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My 2ND TIME AROUND HUTCH but that is a whole 'nuther post....
;>)
Yes ma'am...I am truly thankful for my
2ND TIME AROUND garage now that is is my
BED AND BREAKFAST DINING ROOM !!
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Many thanks for coming by to see my Trash to Treasure room...
please be sure to go over and thank DIANE and see all the other
fun things to see today...
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XO bj

63 comments:

Allidink said...

Wow! That remodel is absolutely gorgeous! You guys did a great job its lovely :)

All the best,
Allison

abeachcottage said...

oh my! just amazing what you can do when you put a little bit of thought into it (oh and a lotta hard work *smile)

Sarah

Chris said...

Your new dining room is beautiful.Looks so inviting and homey. I love the fireplace in there too. Good job and you're so lucky hubby is so talented.

Love Ya,
Chris

~♥~ Monica S said...

WOW! That is so great!.. and it looks so cozy too! :-)

Monica

Lisa ~ A Cottage to Me said...

Snaps to Mr. Sweet Nothings! You would never know it was a garage at one time. What a beautiful room you have put together! I love how it looks so inviting!
Lisa

The Quintessential Magpie said...

BJ, this is really amazing! Can you send Mr. Sweet to my house??? He's GOOD! Loved this redo. And what a great room with that fireplace and those wonderful long windows. It looks GREAT! Great job, friend! It makes me wish so badly that I could do things like that myself. I love tools! I cut out cracks in plaster with a church key in our first house and mudded the walls before the wallpaper went up. I thought I was pretty hot stuff when I did it! LOL! But this... girl, you two are GOOD!

Happy 2nd Time Tuesday...

XO,

Sheila :-)

Smilingsal said...

You and the prince hit on the solution--to raise the floor. Even though it's expensive and a BIG job, it's necessary to make your addition look like it was always a part of the home. Good job!

Melissa Wertz said...

BJ, this is just beautiful!!!!! Y'all did a great job and I would ahve never known it was a garage...

Stacey said...

Mr. Sweet Nothings is so talented. He obviously payed alot of attention to what would make you happy in that room. I love the shelves above the windows..and many other things too.

You know, your pictures were some of the first I saw at RMS a year or two ago! You lead me to this habit of blogging! Have I ever told you that?

Anyway, I do love that room!

Kathleen Grace said...

This transformation is so amazing! Your dining room is such a beautiful, warm and cozy spot. I wish I could see it in person:>)

The Blue Ridge Gal said...

It's wonderful!!! I wish my dining room were that big... used to have a large one, but now it's wall to wall with the table and the china cabinet.

Thanks for sharing these inspiring photos with all of us... it really is a lovely room.

Di
The Blue Ridge Gal
(and thanks for stopping by Nickel Cherry Coke and commenting...)

terryp said...

What a beautiful room. Great job.

Bo said...

BJ...your dining room always makes me swoon especially when I see your gorgeous windows & those awesome shelves over them. Raising the floor level must have been a tremendous & expensive job, but so worth it...Y'all made a wonderful home into a fabulous home! ;-) Bo

Chandy said...

Beautiful redo! Great choice for today! Happy Tuesday!

Denise said...

That looks so nice! Love the pass through. When I was growing up, we had a pass through from the kitchen to the dining room.

Have a great day, Denise

Adrienne said...

What a gorgeous room! I have always loved your dining room and been a bit jealous of the wonderful space. Now I know how I could have a bigger dining room. But I would have to move the kitchen! Don't think my sweetheart would like that idea too much. Lots of work. And money. Thanks for sharing the story of your room. I love your creativity and the way you have decorated. It's so homey and cozy! ~Adrienne~

Dena ~ swaddlecottage said...

Wow BJ, that is an awesome second time around! I can't imagine getting all of that extra space :) Hubby thinks the kitchen should be knocked down to add to his garage...of course when I tell him that there would be no place to bake his cookies he backs off ;)

Hugs,
Dena

jeanne said...

Wow! BJ, I would never guess in a million years that your gorgeous dining room, full of gorgeous things was a garage. I am so danged impressed with Mr. Sweet Nothings. I AM IMPRESSED WITH YOU TOO FOR THE BEAUTIFUL JOB OF DECORATING IN YOUR LOVELY DINING ROOM. MR. SWEET NOTHINGS HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH THAT!
Sorry I shouted but this a shout out room.

Hugs...Jeanne

Twice as Nice said...

Your Mr. Sweetnothings did a wonderful job. You too 'cause you helped! You got double the room for the money by doing it yourselves. You probably don't need a garage much living in Texas. By turning it into a diningroom it is space well used. Love it.

Janene said...

I would never know that used to be a garage! That looks absolutely fantastic!
We don't park our cars in our garage either...I wish I could talk my hubby into using it for a pool house, since it is right next to the pool! I'm still working on him!

Shirley said...

I wish I had a garage like that. When you live with a pack rat it's just not possible. Sheesh! Anyway, your project turned out fantastic.

FarmHouse Style said...

Now that is one incredible makeover! That Mr. Sweet Nothings is a definite keeper:-)

Rhonda

Theresa @ Take A Sentimental Journey said...

What a great make over BJ ! Ya'll did a wonderful job !

Debbie from NJ said...

HI BJ,

This room is so pretty. You would have never known it was a garage.
Absolutley charming, and inviting.

Helen said...

You chose the perfect windows, the fireplace is also the perfect touch, the entire room is a treasure .... good job ~ both of you!

Tami said...

BJ~

Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!!
Love the firplace and the large windowsa are wonderful!!

Have a great day!
Hugs~T

Happy To Be said...

GM BJ. now this is what a call a great job..and making use of space..I love your DR. Me. Sweet did a beautiful job on this and BJ you did a wonderf ul job decorating it..BRAVO!!! job well done..thanks for showing us this eye candy..hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Nancy said...

BJ, That is amazing! Great job you all did! Love that RED hutch!!!!!! Oh, and I loooove those big windows!!! Nancy

Raggedy Girl said...

What a lovely dining room. My hubby and I took our garage and made it into a dining room and household storage room and I love it so much. I love that red hutch and can't wait to hear it's story.

Roberta Anne

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

And it turned out beautifully, BJ!!!

ann said...

Oh BJ.what a thrill.I love the shelves over the doors.wow.In my dining room there is a sliding glass door.Once at a garage sale someone had a shelf that would have fit perfectly and it was RED.The color of my dining room.For the life of me,i couldn't figure out WHERE i could use it.So,i passed it up.duhhhhhhhhhhhh.
Now wish I had a half dozen of them .grrrrrrrrrr
I love what you dh did here.We really don't need another dining room,but that hutch is a different story.i need somewhere to store all this tablescape stuff i'm collecting,ha.
I can't wait until you tall us it's story...Ann

Jacki said...

I just found your blog today and I love it. I'm a west texas girl as well!! I am having a giveaway on my blog today so go check it out!!
Jacki

JudyBug said...

What a lovely remodel. You did a fantastic job!

Judybug

The Quintessential Magpie said...

BJ, are you talking about my Southern pillow? I didn't post it because I took the picture in yellow light, and it looked kind of dingy. (I'm learning about lighting as I blog, LOL!). I was thinking you had a copy of it. If not, do you want me to email a copy to you? Let me know, and I will. I'm away from that pillow currently, but I can send you the pic I have on my computer. I posted it before (but the light looks dingy in this shot).

Feel free to email me and let me know. I can't click on your email because they didn't put something on my laptop to enable me to do that. But my email address is on my profile page. :-)

In the mean time, I'll try and add it to my sidebar...

XO,

Sheila

Amy said...

Oh my gosh BJ,
That is probably the most amazing makeover I have ever seen! Your dining room is just lovely. You would never know it was a garage. You and your husband are both ultra talented. Thank you so much for sharing your fab project with us. Great job! Amy

Shelia said...

Hi BJness! I love your makeover! You have a fabulous Mr. Sweet Nothings!! He did good! I love that you have so much space in your new room! I love all of your pretties too! I wanna see that hutch. Do I remember something about that from RMS? Post on it! Post on it!
Be a sweetie,
shelia ;)

ann said...

Yipeeeeeeeeee.I want to hear about it so much.I don't know if you're interested.But I think it was Santamaker that told me there are courses,like home depot.Or maybe the library.She taught herself.Have you seen what that gal can do?????????
But my health stops me from venturing out into unchartered waters,ha....or I'm lazy,sh------Ann

bj said...

My thanks to all of you for your sweet, sweet words. You all have just MADE MY DAY....and I thank you!
Love to all, bj

Karen at Nittany Inspirations said...

I'm glad you visited my blog, otherwise I would have not found yours. You DH did an amazing job on the new dining room. It really added to the liveability of your home. I'll be back to visit again. Blessings.

Blondie's Journal said...

Oh my word, BJ! You have to send that in to BH&G!! It is just the most incredible makeover, I don't think one of their own designers could have planned it that well!!

I hope you do a post soon on all your thrift finds that you furnished your dining room with!! I absolutely love it & the ingenious idea! :-)

xoxo
Jane
P.S.
Just left comment for Blue Monday, i'm a little slow this week!!

imjacobsmom said...

Hey, if this was RMS I would have to give you 5 stars! This is amazing! It does look as if it's always been there. It is so inviting and with it's ample size I bet it's a fun place for a holiday! ~ Robyn

Home Sweet Hideaway said...

WOW. What a lovely dining room! Seriously hard to imagine it was ever home to your auto. Job WELL done!

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

If awards were given for the BEST second time around post, you would win for sure BJ! I love your garage not dining room. I can just imagine the wonderful family gatherings held there.
Hugs,
Penny

Beth at Aunties said...

BJ I love you new dining room! It has charm and love written in every piece.

Beautiful job. I loved the quilt on the wall.

My dad also surprised my mom one day as a sledge ha,mmer came through the kitchen wall when he decided it was time for her to have a dining room. She standing at the cabinet making a cake and shocked out of her gourd to so sheet rock and wodd go flying!!!:-)

salmagundi said...

What a great metamorphosis!! We think we need a big house when the kids are growing up, but we really need it when 'they go forth & multiply', don't we? You solved that problem beautifully. Sally

ksarra said...

I have ALWAYS loved this charming room of yours. It's one of the first things that drew me to your wonderful style. I want knockout roses too! Loads of color with very little work, that's MY kind of plant! "Talk" soon!!!

PEA said...

Hello dear BJ:-)

I'm now catching up once again since my return from being away for a few days! Omigosh, I can't believe that beautiful dining room of yours used to be the garage!! WOW! I just love the way you have it all decorated and how lucky you were to find most of the furniture in there from second hand sales! Just beautiful!!! xoxo

Linda's Blue Gate said...

Isn't it wonderful to have a Prince that can make your dreams come true...... Your dining-room is perfect and I am sure your loving family.... love coming there to enjoy being with Mr. & Mrs. Sweet Nothings...
Hugs
Linda

Mad Red Hare said...

That is one gorgeous room! Nicely done, you would have never known it was a garage.

Cottage Rose said...

OH Wow BJ; I just love your dinning room. No one would even guess that it used to be a garage. HMMMMM we have a over sized two car garage, what a dinning room that would make... will have to show honey bunny yours... lol You have some beautiful things...
Hugs;
Alaura

Rosie's Whimsy said...

That is an absolutely fabulous story. Your Hubby is magical. I would have never guessed it used to be a garage. How nice to have a big airy room like that :-)

Beverly said...

BJ, this is spectacular. You both have done such an awesome transformation. Wow!!!

Midlife Mom said...

Wow! that is just amazing! What a beautiful job your hubby did on that room! Good job!

Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

BJ,
I love your house and your sense of style! You have done wonders with the space.

Thanks so much for linking to 2nd Time Around!

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

WOW! That does not look like a garage makeover. I love it! And I wanted a closer look at everything in the room-that quilt looks beautiful. I know you and your family really enjoy this room a lot more than you would a garage. laurie

Picket said...

Hey BJ...I have always loved your dining room..I never knew it was your garage...what a transformation girl! Love those beautiful big windows...everything just feels so warm and inviting...just like you dear friend! Have a great week!

santamaker said...

Your hubby sure is talented! Love your dining room and to have a fireplace to boot! I bet you didn't miss the garage a bit!

nikkicrumpet said...

You are one lucky lady to have such a handy dandy hubby who loves to make you happy...and that room is so lovely you couldn't be anything but happy! And if anyone needs a place for family to gather its you and your wonderful clan!

The blog of MBW said...

Thank you for checking out my page.:-)

Wow! You and Mr. Sweet Nothings did a real good job. That room is just like talking to you and saying come on in and feel at home.

pammiejo said...

I love your dining room - it would be so nice to have that much room -plenty to move around with people sitting at the table. I'm intrigued by your hutch too - can't wait for that post! It is so nice to have a talented husband, isn't it? Thanks for dropping by my blog too! PAM

Anonymous said...

Yes maam, this beautiful dining room is so warm and inviting and it certainly feels like an original part of your cottage. Those windows are to die for. I just love them and they just complete the room seems to me. Such good food and fun games grace that table as well at times. You just have it all together with so much talent. God has surely blessed you with a wonderful family to gather around that table, the talent to make it happen, and the love to enjoy it. You are such a wonderful person and I love you!

Martha

Judi said...

BJ
It IS beautiful. Wow did you get a lot of room added to your home. It is decorated so beautifully and I can't wait to hear the story of the hutch. The window is large and the sliding door and the fireplace is perfect! Love it. YOou and your hubby are very talented to be able to renovate..great job.

Do you have a Bed and Breakfast?

Thank you for sharing your lovely home...
Judi

Barb said...

OH MY! I'm so glad i scrolled down to see more of your site.,
That room is incredible!!!

How wonderful you and your husband are so skilled in making things happen.

Wonderful thrift finds, and think i figured out your hutch.
Great idea.
I may be able to use that idea at my new little store. (smaller scale of course!)

Blessings, and look forward to more beautiful posts, and thrift store finds.

Barbara Jean

PSanfor leaving a comment on my 'tax time tablescape'. =0)