I keep meaning to blog, but of all the things I do each day it’s the first to get pushed down the list. So then three months go by before I blog again. Oops. The good thing is I’ve made lots of progress on the dining room! I hope to share all of it soon but wanted to first share this fairly simple project I did which added a lot of interest.
The walls in our dining room were painted beige above a chair rail and white below. In our old house our dining room was the same (once I removed the peeling wallpaper). At the time I really loved the “chairs and squares” look and hired someone to come and add this to the lower part of our walls. At this house I wanted to do the same, but I really didn’t want to have it hired done. There are many things I will hire done, but I was hoping to do this project on my own.
Enter my new best friend. Lowe’s sells a pre-made moulding that you can nail up and paint and it looks just like wood. This project cost a fraction of what it cost to hire someone to cut each piece and apply it to the wall. I was a little nervous to get started.
Here’s the before:
And here’s the during:
It did take a little math to figure out the spacing, but it wasn’t bad at all. I started in the middle and eyeballed where I wanted to to be on the wall, then made sure each one I added was level with the first. I usually hammered in one nail in the middle to make sure I liked the placement before working my way down the wall.
Once the moulding was up there was usually a gap like this:
To fix this I used this tool to hammer in each nail.
Then I filled in each nail hole (I used six nails per piece of moulding).
Next I caulked the gaps. Once this dried it made the moulding much more secure. If your moulding is very lose before adding the caulk, don’t worry. Once this dried I knew it was there to stay.
Immediately after applying the caulk I smoothed it down with a wet finger. I had a bowl of water and paper towels on hand for this part.
Then I sanded down the nail holes. I had 12 moulding pieces in all so this part took me a few evenings, but it wasn’t too bad. Finally I painted all the lower part of the wall with two coats of my white trim paint….
Much prettier, and much more interesting. Obviously I have since painted the walls and am almost ready to call this room done. Yay!
For under $150 I added a little detail to our room that gives it just enough interest. Since this is the first room you see when you enter our house I really wanted this room to look a little more special. The large mouldings were $12 each and the small ones were $7, and I already had the paint and tools that I needed. This really cost me just over $100 since I already had the paint. I bought my mouldings a few at a time to help with budget, too. We’re saving up for some bigger projects. 🙂
I love adding little touches to our home, and it’s even more fun when I can say that I did it myself! Girl power!