Okay, so I'm going to reveal the "project" that we've been working on the past week or so. The problem is, it is not completely finished. But I need advice.
I've wanted to do something to the lower portion of my dining room walls for a long time. We actually painted our whole house the color of the background of my dining room wallpaper all those years ago. I still love my wallpaper but in recent years I have been embracing more color in the rest of my house. Plus, it is very hard to keep the off white colored walls "clean" with a St. Bernard in the house.
So while my hubby was at school a couple weeks ago I went for it and painted the color that I wanted below the wallpaper.
And it was good. But I didn't want to stop there.
I've always loved the look of wainscoting in dining rooms. But I certainly didn't want to PAY to have any made or anything like that. So I researched do it yourself stuff online and found a great way to do it myself. Or, I should say, have my husband do it!
So when I introduced the idea very haltingly, he went for it. I couldn't believe it. Truthfully, I thought it would be far less labor intensive than it was but I'm thankful that he was willing.
So we started with a room that looked like this. It had red curtains which I moved to my son's room upstairs after cleaning them.
Let's just say, a LOT of painting and cutting of MDF was done in the first few days. MDF is really cheap. We used 2 sheets and had just about no waste.
We removed the floor trim. Added a wide molding made from the MDF and a rail on the top side.
Already a huge change in how it looks!
Then we added molding on top made of simple pieces of smaller MDF that looked like this:
Then the stiles were added. Most of them were simple strips of wider pieces of MDF but around the windows they had to be cut out very carefully.
Now I am thrilled that it is done for all intents and purposes. We need to do some caulking and touch up painting but it looks great!
Only problem I am having is this: the paint seems to be a bit lighter than what I had picked out (even though there is about 3 coats on everything!). I used the color swatch to pick out new curtains at Target and then I sent for the ones I wanted in the correct length. Now they seem too dark when what I wanted was a look that was kind of seamless color from up high to down low. Will that make a difference????
In this picture they do not look any different in color but in person they do.
What do you think???????