Million Dollar Contractor, Stephen Fanuka was brought in to restore this apartment to its prewar glory, and the crown jewel was to be an oak-paneled dining room. The Fanuka team selected individual quarter-sawn oak panels for the highly-figured grain pattern she desired. They also had custom solid wood moldings cut to replicate prewar details and even wood species. Even the staining of the wood was laborious, but in the end well worth it for the room is warm and honey-toned. Finally added was a vintage fireplace from an architectural salvage company.
In this episode of DIY Network's Million Dollar Contractor, the focus of the job was to restore the original details while preserving as much of the material as possible in the dining room that is more than 100 years old. That said, the job also called for relocating a doorway, incorporating a pocket door, and adding a coffered ceiling to house additional light fixtures - all while maintaining the classic feel of the room.