So I finally got around to taking a few pictures of my dining room and I’m so excited for you to see them! What started as me asking the hubs to re-paint the walls ended up as a major project (if you know my hubs, you wouldn’t be surprised!). As with most DIY projects, as you’re going through them, it sort of feels like you’re in a weird kind of hell. You’re happy to be making progress, but often the progress is slow and the mess is REAL. If you’re anything like me, living around a mess with three kids is a nightmare and brings out my most irritable side… gggrrrr! BUT, despite the huge undertaking — and the enormous amount of drywall dust that I’ve ever had to clean up — I am beyond pleased with the results and I have to give kudos to my extremely talented husband who created this from scratch with his own two hands (and my two hands helped quite a bit, too)!
While this isn’t intended to be a tutorial or a how-to, I do want to provide some of the deets. I know it’s my house, but doesn’t this look like something you’d see in a magazine?!?! If you are feeling adventurous and want to achieve this look, feel free to send me an email and I can give you more specifics.
This type of molding is referred to as “board and batten” wainscoting. What you see here was NOT built using a kit! I repeat, this was NOT a kit! My handy hubs built this wainscoting by hand. He used poplar wood to create the frames. The stiles and rails were built using 1′ x 4′ poplar boards. The bottom of the frame was built using a 1′ x 10′ poplar board. The frames were built off the wall and then later mounted to the walls. Once the frames were built, he attached white eucaboard (which is a hardboard material) behind each frame. The inside custom moldings were cut to size and added once the frame was mounted to the wall. Inside trim molding is 2″, base molding is 6 1/4″, and the top cap is 2 1/2″. While many people leave the board and batten flat, we preferred to use custom moldings inside the panels to add dimension and more depth.
PAINT AND FINISHING WORK:
After a HUGE amount of machine and hand sanding of all the joints, applying wood filler in any spaces, and more sanding (dust everywhere!), the wainscoting was primed using Aqua Lock. For the top coat, we wanted the wainscoting to really pop, so we chose Benjamin Moore’s ADVANCE waterborne alkyd paint in a semi-gloss finish. The wainscoting was painted Benjamin Moore Super White, which is my favorite white for trim. It is a pure white, which I love. Caulk was also used to fill in any gaps between the molding and the wall, providing a clean, smooth appearance.
The upper walls were painted in an eggshell finish using Benjamin Moore’s Regal Select. The color we chose is from the Historical Collection and is called Coventry Gray.
All of the primer and semi-gloss was sprayed on the wainscoting using a HVLP sprayer since we wanted the panels to have a smooth, glass-like finish. The upper walls were rolled using a 3/8″ nap roller.
A little on the rug… I wanted to keep the rug in the gray tones, but I was hesitant to go with anything too light because we do have kids and we entertain a lot in this room, so stains can be an issue. I chose this rug from Home Decorators, which I purchased from Home Depot, because I loved the pop of black woven within the shades of gray! I went with a larger rug in here this time around, 9′ x 12′, so my chairs would fit completely on the rug with room to spare.
Paint and primer — Benjamin Moore
Caulk — Dap
Area rug — Old Treasures by Home Decorators (through The Home Depot)
Table cloth — Williams-Sonoma
Light gray side table and accent floral arrangement — HomeGoods
Dining table & chairs — Ashley