Awful, isn't it? Can you imagine trying to eat dinner in there, when there's barely enough light to see what's on your fork?
You won't believe what that room looks like now. It's not done yet, and it's been about three months in the works, considering I'm the ONLY one doing any of the painting, but the transformation is just AMAZING. For starters, the chair rail is gone. That was a decision that didn't come easily...but I finally figured that it just didn't belong there. The fake paneling was bad enough; no sense "accentuating" the fake-ness with a badly-done chair rail that was just way too low. Eventually, when we get the more important projects done (like the bathrooms), the room will be stripped of all paneling and we'll put drywall up. For now, though, the room just needed brightening up!
It is now a beautifully sunny yellow color, with a white trim! It was NOT easy. Probably three coats of primer and three coats of paint everywhere, and now that I've pulled the blue painter's tape off of the wall protecting it from trim paint, I have a bunch of bare sections where the paint pulled completely away from the paneling underneath. ARGH!! It's okay, that's what touch-up brushes are for...
I still haven't touched that bookshelf and its ridiculously ugly countertop; I've got to wait till I can stand to have the back door open long enough to paint it; and the fireplace....oh my. THAT will be an undertaking, considering it's been closed off for ten years and we have no IDEA what we're in for when that piece of wood comes off...other than to know we have pink brick behind it. Yes, PINK.
I'm no pro; that's for sure. And while it does look pretty good, it's taking FAR more work than I ever imagined it would to bring this dining room into the current century and out of the "dark" ages...pun intended. Pictures are coming!