What we’ve done so far:
The Dining Room opening between the Dining Room & Kitchen has been enlarged, with a new beam above to support the opening. New electrical (outlets, switches).
What we plan to do:
We’ll be adding wainscot at the height of the partial wall with a picture rail on top that matches the original rail. Also, we’ll be laminiating the ceiling with a layer of drywall to smoothe it out and installing a new light fixture. We already bought a dining room table that expands to seat many many people! Right now it’s living in our guest bedroom upstairs.
Here are some before shots, as well as some “progress”:
Here is an early version of inspirational pictures: https://madisonsquare.wordpress.com/2010/02/20/dining-room-inspirations/