It’s Finally Done!

After several months of hard work by Mark (and with help from Aliyah and another good friend of ours) our dining room is finally complete!  It looks so cool and so different.  It used to be extremely dark and gloomy.  Now it is anything but. 

Here is how the room looked before.  These were taken at Isaac’s birthday party almost 2 years ago:

Before 1Before 2

We went with a Caribbean theme.  Here is the inspiration for the colors in the room (my mom gave me these a few years ago):

Inspiration for room

We also bought these colorful prints from a local Tobago artist when we went there on vacation a couple of years ago.  Mark bought the frames and matted them himself:

Mauvais Langue Print

And here is how the dining room looks now:

Room 1Room 2

Last night we had a small dinner party to celebrate Ben’s first birthday, and to thank our good friends who helped us so much in those difficult first weeks after Ben was born.  We got to use the brand new room for the very first time!  Ben was content for most of the evening and watched us eat from the vantage point of his swing.  We did have cake and ice cream.  I put just a tiny amount of ice cream on his lips.  He wasn’t fond of the temperature (turned his head away as soon as the ice cream touched him), but he didn’t complain about the taste.  Among our guests were twin girls Isaac’s age – the kids entertained themselves the entire evening.

I am SO glad that we no longer have to sit in the cramped kitchen for family meals anymore.

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12 Responses to “It’s Finally Done!”

  1. markruinsdinner Says:

    The rest of the house feels bigger now too, since the dining room furniture is all back in the dining room. No more stepping around chairs in the living room. YAY!!!

  2. Noelia Says:

    The colour of the walls looks very nice. What is the name of that colour?

  3. Katie Says:

    Wow! Your new dining room looks great.

  4. Karen Says:

    Thanks, guys! The walls are painted “Caribbean Sunset”, and the crown molding and baseboards are almost a navy blue. We left the original stain on the windows and door frames and stained the floor to match. The only things left to do are to install the wooden blinds in the windows and put up the new chandelier (it was on back order).
    I don’t know how we put up with the dark green wallpaper for as long as we did. Mark really did a nice job.

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  6. Aliyah Says:

    Wow, it looks gorgeous!

  7. Lawrence Says:

    Looks great Mark; love the artwork too. Can’t wait to visit again on a shopping trip so that I can do start my new pile of boxes in the corner LOL

  8. Lisa Says:

    holy guacamole!! the room looks beautiful. and sweet ben, turning one–this is a milestone. the first year was so hard for us. it has gotten steadily better and my heart has gotten stronger and i have gotten braver. i look at you guys and it brings back so many feelings. not that i don’t still experience some of those painful feelings, but the aren’t as intense and don’t last quite as long. so to my new friends across the country, we celebrate with you–this precious life that will continue to bless your family in unexpected and overwheming ways!! xxxx

  9. Grandma/Mom Says:

    Happy Birthday to Ben from his grandparents and extended family here in Trinidad. I just can’t believe how time flies. Mark, hats off to you for that beautiful transformation. Perhaps you may wish to work on a few rooms here, when next you visit. The room really looks nice. I like the choice of colors.

  10. Dawn Says:

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY BABY BEN! The room looks phenomenal. It doesn’t even look like the same space. Fantastic job.

  11. Gunvor Regine Says:

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO BEN ! – And I like your diningroom !! You`ve done a lot of work to get it so nice !

  12. Karen Says:

    Thanks, everyone for all the birthday wishes, and the rave reviews of our new dining room!
    Lisa, you are right. It has been a difficult year, but Ben has definitely blessed our lives already.


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