Spaces to Dine For

by Kelley Rowland

Small changes like new storage, lighting, and paint go a long way

Project: Bring a modern touch to a raised dining area

Before: Lindsay and Nicholas loved the herringbone wood floors and original moldings in their two-bedroom co-op, but wanted to make some minor updates to the living and dining area. They posted their project to Sweeten and chose a design-build firm to update the space, plus other projects throughout the apartment.

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(Above) Lindsay and Nicholas’ dining area

After: A gray coat of paint proved a better pairing with the herringbone floors over the original yellow paint. The hue makes the dining area feel much more chic, and the bronze chandelier that replaced the dated overhead light provides a focal point.Sunken living room(Above) Lindsay and Nicholas’ dining area

Project: Brighten up a dark and tight dining area

Before: Erin and Jonathan knew when they purchased their one-bedroom apartment in the West Village that they wanted to renovate. They posted their project to Sweeten and were matched with a general contractor. A kitchen and bathroom remodel were their original plan; they decided to move forward with a few other changes as well, such as replacing the floors and baseboards throughout—including in the dining room open to the kitchen and living area.

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(Above) Erin and Jonathan’s dining area

After: Repainting the walls a bright white and updating the flooring laid the foundation for the clean, crisp aesthetic the couple was aiming for. Track lighting in the dining area set the stage for a contemporary set of table and chairs, perfect for their new modern living space and kitchen.

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(Above) Erin and Jonathan’s dining area

Project: Maximize storage in an open dining room and entryway

Before: Homeowners Charon and Lex focused most of their renovation on this stunning green bathroom, but wanted to make other small tweaks to their one-bedroom in Gramercy Park. Their dining room was one such place. A built-in, non-functioning wine cooler was taking up valuable storage space (every inch counts!). They posted their renovation project to Sweeten and were matched with a general contractor to handle their refresh.

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(Above) Charon and Lex’s entryway

After: The wine fridge and glass-front storage cabinet were swapped out for a much more minimal (and useful) cabinet and open shelves. The dining-area-meets-entryway felt more tied in with the rest of the home.

(Above) Charon and Lex’s entryway and dining area

Project: Expose a brick wall in the entryway and dining area

Before: Ed and Alicia came to Sweeten with the goal of renovating their kitchen, bathrooms, and master bedroom. During the renovation of their downstairs bath, their contractor discovered exposed brick along one wall. They hoped the brick was in the same shape in the adjacent dining and living area.

(Above) Ed and Alicia’s living and dining area

After: Their contractor ripped down the sheetrock to unveil an entire wall of preserved brick. They did have to reroute electric cables and patch-up the flooring, but all-in-all the additional work was worth the new touch of character.

(Above) Ed and Alicia’s dining area

Entertaining on your mind? Here’s how to renovate a kitchen for optimal hosting.

Sweeten handpicks the best general contractors to match each project’s location, budget, and scope, helping until project completion. Follow the blog for renovation ideas and inspiration and when you’re ready to renovate, start your renovation on Sweeten.

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