Dining Room Rehab

June 27, 2016

The previous owners started renovating the dining room and then stopped…so we were left with some drywall, half a ceiling, and mostly foam board insulation. This was our first project once we bought the lodge, and while we are not quite finished (yeahhh, that might be our theme), it has certainly been transformed so far!


First we finished hanging sheetrock for walls and the ceiling after adding insulation. Did you know you can rent tools/equipment from Menards? We did it a few times while renovating our first house and always had a good experience. This time around we rented a drywall panel lift, and it was the best decision ever. It was $12 for the first four hours, and then only a $1.50 for each additional hour. Money well spent, folks. We then painted, installed crown moulding and baseboards, and finally added a new pendant light.






We have not yet finished the moulding — we need to plane the beams before adding moulding in those areas. Also, we ordered a new dining table, which should arrive soon. It’s round; major swoon. We plan to deep clean the brick flooring and add some sort of seal before then. We also plan on painting the windows white to match the moulding and baseboards, updating outlets, etc. And finally, the front door will be replaced! It just doesn’t match the rustic vibe of the rest of the house.


It’s been so nice to have a dining room that is starting to feel complete!


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  • Reply Rebecca June 27, 2016 at 9:13 pm

    Wow, it looks amazing! You guys are doing a great job, and no doubt that your future projects will come along great!

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  • Reply Stacy G. June 28, 2016 at 5:30 am

    It’s looking good! We don’t have Menard’s, but we do rent equipment a lot. It is such an economical way to get the big jobs done DIY-style.

    • Reply Courtney @ Foxwood Forest June 28, 2016 at 8:40 am

      Yep, agreed! There are some tools/equipment that definitely make more sense to rent rather than purchase. Like, where would we store a drywall panel lift? 🙂

  • Reply Claudia June 28, 2016 at 2:27 pm

    Hi Courtney!

    Thought I’d stop by your blog – wow! I can’t wait to explore your present and past posts. Your home is lovely.

  • Reply Celia Landry July 8, 2016 at 9:02 am

    Great info for renting drywall panel lift opportunity it is much cheaper than I expected. It helps a lot and saves your money and time. Great work guys your job looks professional, Congratulations!

    • Reply Courtney @ Foxwood Forest July 10, 2016 at 1:18 pm

      Yes! We’ve actually rented quite a few tools (ones that just don’t make sense to buy if it’s a one-time use type of thing), and it’s such a cheaper option.

  • Reply Andrea Handojo July 8, 2016 at 2:34 pm

    Wow it looks great! I love the floor!


  • Reply Jason McCoy July 11, 2016 at 7:48 am

    Your dining room now looks much better. Good job. It is great that local stores in your town rent those equipment, hope one day my neighborhood hardware store will do same and rent equipment like Menards.

  • Reply Michael L. Phinney July 26, 2016 at 10:26 pm

    OMG! It looks amazing! Your dining room is so beautiful! I like the colors of the walls. You’re doing such a great work!

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