The Primed Dining Room

Before Christmas, John primed the dining room.

The dining room and living room is an open floor plan. We will not use the dining room space as a dining room. Instead, it will be an extension of the living room.

Since the kitchen is large, it will be an eat-in kitchen.

However, even though we don’t plan on using the space as a dining room, John wired it with 12/2 (yellow) wire (same as kitchen and bathrooms). This was required to pass rough electrical inspection.

In our township, 12/2 wire is required in dining rooms because many people have hot plates in dining rooms which can be potentially dangerous.

With the ladders and painting supplies, the space reminds me of a large artist’s studio in NYC.

I have wood floors on my mind–now that we’re finally getting close to the flooring phase of the job.

Along with the 12/2 wire, John installed RG6 coax cable for a wall mounted TV. We plan on using the dining room for a TV-entertainment area. Across from John, on the west wall, he’ll build built-in bookcases.

Since we don’t want trim around the windows, John installed corner bead around all the windows in the dining/living room. The deep window sills are the focal point and trim is really not necessary. The corner bead created very sharp and clean edges.

The window sills are 6″ deep. You’ll recall when John built the walls out with 2x4s creating space/bays for R15 insulation, electrical and these wonderful deep window sills mimicking old homes.

For the dining room, John purchased a 5-gallon bucket of ZINNSER Primer & Sealer specifically for drywall. He’s been using this product for years and highly recommends it.


8 thoughts on “The Primed Dining Room

  1. This will be a great room. For flooring, I have just happened on Carlisle Wide Plank flooring out of New Hampshire. Sounds as if it could be very expensive, but a real quality product with lots of different woods and finishes. You might get some good ideas from their website at least!

  2. I love wide sills. A single colored glass vase to catch the sunlight. A small bouquet. Or one of your many unique finds. It’s almost like a museum display or a shadow box.

    You’ve come so far.

    I’d favor real wood over any kind of laminate or do it yourself stuff.

    I’ve got a fairly wide plank of some sort of wood not available any more. House was built in the 20s. It’s the color of cherry but it’s not cherry. I had a cherry entertainment center built and installed in the living room and it almost matches. It warms up the living room a lot. I had the natural wood refinished rather than put down carpeting. There was some awful beige carpeting in the house when I moved in that made the room so cold. The first thing I did was tear it up and toss it. Pulled out plenty of staples with a pair of pliers.

  3. We did wood floors in the last house we built (maple), and they got scratched up so badly from our two dogs just running around, that this time we did wood laminate and they are practically indestructible! As long as I have dogs, I will not have real wood floors again.

  4. What a great space, tucked away almost like an alcove! My first thought was a masculine space for John with wood floors, oriental rug and built-in shelving so it’s like a library (or maybe built-in buffet with cabinetry above for displaying china, crystal, serving pieces, etc. if used as a dining room) I’d make it more intimate than the larger living room area with its high ceilings – a great place to entertain 4-6 total.

    Maybe some overstuffed leather club chairs, artwork, a flat panel TV to watch the big game (?)…….sorry, I got carried away.

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