I called a contractor to see if my ideas were even possible. Good News!! I was going to be able to open up that wall! We emptied the dining room of everything, and they got to work.
Here is the dining room empty All of our furniture stacked up
My idea was about to happen! The only thing I was disappointed with was that I was going to lose my shiplap wallpaper. I’m currently brainstorming on where else I can use that wallpaper. I loved it!
The front bedroom we had was really very small and we weren’t using the closet. The closet is what backed up to the dining room wall. So, I decided once the wall was open, to utilize the closet area as a butlers pantry/coffee bar. I had a wonderful contractor who was open to my ideas, and rolled with my crazy changes as we went along.
Here is where we had the only problem during the process. I imagined the closet opening would be centered with the new dining room opening. Thank goodness I had a patient contractor. We decided to move the opening. So much better with it centered with the new opening and the window.
We repurposed the original closet doors and we are now using them on a barn door slider to maximize space. So happy with that decision, because I really wanted barn doors somewhere in the house. Having the barn doors also allows us to continue to use the space as a guest room.
We repurposed the original shelving from the closet and added shelves on either side of the butler’s pantry. I also had them add a quartz counter top on the side with the coffee bar. I ordered a small white fridge and put it under the coffee bar. This is so convenient when we are entertaining. There are coffee and other drinks right there beside our dining room for our guests.