Welcome to the full reveal of our 
Modern Country Dining Room!

Let's start right back at the beginning for a moment to how the room looked when we first were shown around our house....

See that yucky fireplace in the picture below? 
That was mine. 
Oh, yes, it was.

The fireplace in our dining room was attached directly to the wall with an orange varnished-to-within-an-inch-of-its-life pine fire surround. 

In fact, that goes for all the wood in the room.
Of which there was plenty.

So much, so wrong!
What's a girl to do? 

Aaaaaah! That's better.
At some point in the future, we'll tackle the kitchen and dining room head-on by ripping out and starting again so this was very much a makeover, rather than a full renovation.

I liked the existing grey stone hearth 
so we had the plinths lowered to sit on the stone. 
A smidgen of soft-industrial chic never goes amiss in my book.

I didn't want any orange pine so we painted all the woodwork Dulux White gloss. Nice and crisp against the lush new wall colour, Gregory's Den by Earthborn - a gorgeous Modern Country shade.

The wall between the wood and the fireplace caused endless discussions with, errrr...... me, myself and I. 
{Yes, you read that right.}

The three of us had fascinating debates.
 Should it be the greyish colour of the walls? 
Or white to match the mantelpiece? 

*head explodes*

I decided on 
matte black. 
And, you know what?

When we set out with this room, we knew we wanted a flow-through feel between the kitchen and the dining room, and I'm thrilled with the way the two rooms work together now.

As this is a room that we may structurally alter in the future 
we were keen not to do work that we would 
then have to undo in the long term.

Often, that can mean ending up compromising 
but in this case it was a very 
Modern Country Style workable solution 
and rather gorgeous too, if I may say so. 

Hurrah for paint!!

So, there you have it:
The full Before and After of our 
Modern Country Dining Room!

{If you have any questions, I'm more than happy to answer them by email,
in the comments, or over on Modern Country Style's Facebook page.}