Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Feathering My Nest: Dining Room Remix

For someone who has a hard time with change, I really like rearranging the furniture in my house.

Every so often, I'll get an idea of how things might fit better and create a better living space and I can't wait to try it out! This time, I got the inspiration while in the shower.

The issue with rentals and a collection of thrifted and hand-me-down furniture is that not everything is going to fit the same from house to house. And I don't see the point in buying a lot of specific items to fit in a house when we will most likely be moving again in a couple of years anyways.

Dining Room Before:

I really like this hutch. It's cute, charming and provides a nice amount of storage. And this was the only wall where it fit in this house. Looks great and I needed it for storage. However, our dining area is tiny and with the hutch here, the space for the table was quite limited, especially with visitors when putting the leaf in would be helpful.

I had bruises on my hips to prove how tight the space was. 

And one day I thought, "What if we put the hutch in storage and moved the table to that wall instead?"

Dining Room After:

Since changing our eating habits, my pantry suddenly had more space. I was able to move the items I had stored in the hutch into the pantry and some other cupboards around the kitchen.

We ended up putting the hutch cabinet (the bottom part) in the living room swapping it out with another  cabinet (also kitchen storage). We stored the hutch shelves (the top part) in our shed for the time being.

There's ample room for the table and I can keep the leaf in all the time. I am not constantly banging my hips into the hutch's sharp edges. There's wall space. It's still a small room but now we have a bit of breathing room!

Do you like to move furniture or not?


Wendi said...

I love to move around furniture. With a cozy home it is hard to do.

Denise said...

I love moving my furniture around, unfortunately several rooms don't allow for any changes. I love how you dining are looks so open now that you don't have the hutch, and you were smart not to get rid of it, you may be able to use it at another house.

tea said...

Great job!

We have a really tiny kitchen, so I know how hard it can be to come up with ways to use small spaces. :)

Bevy said...

I hate change too. And, no I don't move furniture. But I probably should.

I can remember about every three months (maybe more often), we would come home from school and our mother would have the rooms of the house rearranged... due to cleaning. Might as well make a change. We always thought it was fun.

But, I can't seem to do it for myself. The other reason is that there is really no other way to have the room set up and the way it already is.

Great creativity going on there for your living quarters. ;)

Anonymous said...

I know you love having more room in the kitchen, but, as I have mentioned before, I love that hutch SO much! I know what you mean about having more room when guests come over---that is great!

My home is too small to be able to move furniture around very much, especially in the "public" parts of the house, which are the den and the eat-in kitchen. Growing up, I had a huge bedroom with twin beds and I used to change my furniture around all the time. It was fun!