Speaking of a good marriage, this idea could cause some real problems. But, I’m thinking I might want to close this big opening and put in a solid wall.
We don’t have a lot of wall space in this room. Here are pictures from when it was for sale — the former owner’s furnshings.
You can see that there’s plenty of light even without that big opening into the breakfast room. I only have two walls in this room that are good for decorating or placing furniture. The one wall with the fireplace and two windows – can’t do much there. The other wall has our entertainment center that we use for storage and quilt display, along with one chair (where I sit to knit).
This family room and the red room (which is a dining room for us) are all one open room with lots of light.
See the wood trim just to the right of the photo? That’s the opening I would close. Then I would take that bar and cut it down so it’s counter height. I would make that bar straight into the wall to the right so it would be odd shaped somewhat but I was thinking I could put open shelves in that triangular shaped corner and get some kind of long baskets that I could put things in like rolling pins, baskets of dry beans or pasta . . just some of the things that take up a lot of room in cabinets and could be somewhat attractive in baskets. I could have the bar stools cut down or not use them. Our dining table seats 8 and the breakfast table seats 4. I don’t see us ever needing more seating than that.
It’s hard to see but where that bar is raised cuts down on my workable space. I think if I had that all just countertop level, it would give me a nice, big place for rolling cookie dough and messing with bread. You can see that there are plenty of windows so closing off that opening wouldn’t affect the light that shines into that room.
Nicole doesn’t like the idea but I do think I would and I don’t think any of it should cost a ton of money so Vince shouldn’t complain but I know he’s going to say “It’s money that isn’t giving us any more square feet so we’ll never get it back!” I say . . I’m staying here til I die so I’m not getting it back. It probably will require new countertops because I doubt I can find 17 year old countertop but . . I haven’t tried so I’m not ruling it out.
I think I’ll wait til the house in Texas sells, wait til Vince finds his little lakehouse and see how the finances look before I bring it up.