When I published the post about How to Transform Your Dining Room Into a Library/Music Room, I was finishing up the dining room changes.
Our former dining room set-up.
In my kitchen reveal post, you saw that the china cabinet was moved into the kitchen. Did you wonder what would take its place in the dining room?
Painter Artist Mom and Handy Builder Dad were doing a little furniture switch with a new (gorgeous!) vintage armoire HBD refinished earlier this summer. Lucky for me, this wardrobe came to our house. I’ve always loved it and was thrilled to move it into our dining room.
HBD did a beautiful job restoring this piece, two.
The previous owner said it’s from the 1400’s, but we doubt it’s that old.
HBD replaced the back side as he refinished the wardrobe. He found original wallpaper there and saved some pieces he scraped away. Do any of you know how to date wallpaper?
I loaded some things from the old kitchen buffet (that went to a friend) into this huge piece. I’d planned to fill it with books, but other items took precedence.
The wardrobe divides into five sections for moving. The mirrored doors on both sides open to a sliding rod for hanging things, surrounded by hooks. I don’t plan to put all my table-cloths here, but I’ll narrow it down to my favorites. The DIY Padded Hangers are very handy for hanging my table-cloths.
Below the table-cloths, there’s room for chargers or other items.
There’s even a drawer beneath.
This picture reminds me nods to a library of old, so I display it in one side of the center cabinet portion.
The painted plank “leaf” that came with HH’s grandparents’ dining table was removed to make it smaller for playing games occasionally there. (The painted plank is why you only saw it with table-cloths or a runner “running” the wrong direction. Ha!) The table is a perfect size now for games like Mexican Train – one of our faves!
But first, I moved the table over to the window and stacked it with large books – to sort of mimic a library table..
Decorative elements were added for fun. Charles Faudree has books I love to examine regularly!
HH’s grandfather’s mandolin rests in the background.
Antique china pieces like my grandmother’s set (read about how her Lost China Lives).
One of my favorite cookbooks.
I love having a quiet place to read and enjoy my favorites! Don’t you?
And, on the other wall is the piano that will remain there until it moves on to another home – hopefully to ID Diva’s someday. PAM painted portraits of us holding our children as babies – HH with ID Diva, me with Fun Son. True treasures!
I moved chairs around to have comfortable seating while someone plays the piano for us. Ahem…anyone?
The transformation didn’t require much. It was very simple. HH lifted the light fixture with a strong carabiner, although he doesn’t understand the new arrangement. So, guess who will be using this new room? Ha!
Do you think it strange? Would you use a library/music room or a dining room more often?
I’m sharing this transformation at Metamorphosis Monday.