Dining Room Pictures From Blog Cabin 2012

A rustic-chic dining area, nestled within easy reach of the kitchen, replaces the home's original, formal dining room.

Photo By: Frank Murray

Photo By: Frank Murray

Photo By: Frank Murray

Photo By: Jason Kisner

Photo By: Frank Murray

Photo By: Jason Kisner

Photo By: Jason Kisner

Photo By: Jason Kisner

Photo By: Frank Murray

Photo By: Jason Kisner

Photo By: Jason Kisner

Photo By: Jason Kisner

Photo By: Jason Kisner

Photo By: Jason Kisner

Photo By: Frank Murray

An open dining area extends from the kitchen island, offering space to prep food, dine or spread out important work or craft projects.

The showpiece of the dining area, a 9-foot harvest-style table features a barn-wood top, reclaimed from Blog Cabin. Planks are biscuit-joined, then sanded and stained with a dark oak paste wax.

An old door, tricked out with trim and vintage staircase spindles, serves as a specialty pot rack.

Stainless steel plate racks, fastened securely to the door, offer space to display fine china or dinnerware.

"I was going for a combination of farm, industrial and reclaimed," says interior decorator Victoria Lesser, who paired classic cabinetry with stainless steel and weathered wood surfaces.

A smaller butcher block table, crafted by Kitchen Crashers host Alison Victoria and Blog Cabin show host Chris Grundy, features a cherry top and legs discovered by interior decorator Victoria Lesser. Wheels allow the furnishing to be ported where needed.

A budget-chic alternative to French Tolix chairs, fire-engine-red stacking chairs lend visual appeal and stand in contrast to reclaimed wood furnishings.

"This piece is perfect," says Alison Victoria of the custom barnwood table. "Something like that goes for seven grand. And we built it for less than $100."

Table legs were formed from two old porch posts Victoria discovered near her home in upstate New York. Legs are joined directly to the tabletop.

The home's original gutters are cleaned, mitered together and fastened to the dining table to offer up the look of crown trim.

Tabletop appointments are few; the grain of wood planks and the contrast between shiny chrome and distressed wood surfaces are the focus.

Interior decorator Victoria Lesser won an antique newel post at a local Waldoboro auction, which was used to form the base of the dining room floor lamp.

Sliding-glass doors may remain open to allow large gatherings to spill out onto the deck.

A primitive orchard sign, purchased locally, finds a home above the kitchen's picture windows.

"The dining room was to function as a formal and informal space, and I had a ton of room to work with," says Kitchen Crashers show host Alison Victoria.

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