Presto! A living room turns into a dining room
When Joshua Gropper wanted to transform the living room in the family’s Port Washington home into a formal dining room, his wife, designer Lorraine Waitz Gropper, demurred. She didn’t want to take the room with a view of the well-maintained front yard and turn it into a mausoleum where no one would venture except for holidays and parties. The couple had remodeled the kitchen and annexed the tiny pass-through dining room as part of the kitchen space. But, Joshua, 44, an attorney, still wanted his formal dining space. So, Waitz Gropper, also 44, owner of Room Lifts in Port Washington, decided to make the living room into a space that converts from sitting room to dining room in less than 10 minutes. TOTAL: About $4,300 (Waitz Gropper, who charges $40 per hour, says her fee for a makeover such as this would be around $800). — Sylvia E. King-Cohen
BEFORE. The new mantel was added before the rest of the room's redesign. It is painted Linen White by Benjamin Moore. From mantelsdirect.com
AFTER. Waitz Gropper included lots of antiques and family heirlooms in the redesigned room. “I inherited furniture from both sets of grandparents,” she says. “I was glad to finally get to use it.”
KIDNEY-SHAPED TABLE, existing.
OVERSIZED FINIALS, existing.
MISCELLANEOUS FRAMES and MIRRORS, $250 (for seven). Waitz Gropper says many antique frames are so attractive they’re works of art on their own. From Deke’s Antiques, Glen Head.
PAINT, $700. Cornsilk ($80 for two cans) from Benjamin Moore, applied by Farley Painting and Carpentry of Flushing.
ANTIQUE BENCH, existing. This is a bench from a horse-drawn carriage that belonged to Waitz Gropper’s grandparents.
RUG, $179. Waitz Gropper wanted to add something contemporary to counterbalance all the antiques. From Ikea, Hicksville. (May 2010)
AFTER. The sitting room converts to a dining room.
DROP-LEAF TABLE, $500. With additional leaves added, it seats 16 comfortably. From eBay. (May 2010)
ANTIQUE COUCHES, $1,400 (for two).
Waitz Gropper purchased these thorough eBay. She bought fabric through eBay and mailed it to the seller and he reupholstered them for her. Price includes couches, fabric (from beautifulfabric.com) and upholstery work. From eBay
COFFEE TABLE, existing. (May 2010)
CHAIR, existing. From Waitz Gropper’s grandparents. (May 2010)
WINDOW TREATMENTS, $250 (for two, included coupons). From Bed Bath & Beyond. (May 2010)