Just when I thought we were close to being done decorating the dining room, things changed. I felt a strong whim to add board and batten to give the room a bit more architectural appeal.
I was also tired of the shelf on this wall and wanted a different look. So hubby and I took a trip to Lowe’s and picked up 8-foot long pine strips for under $3 each.
The board and batten section is painted in semi-gloss Ultra White by Benjamin. The upper part of the walls wear White Dove in a flat finish – also by Benjamin Moore.
My new philodendron takes center stage on the dining table. I recently shared my favorite houseplants, and this one is on the list!
Do you remember this mirror? It used to be white and it sat on my buffet, and then it was later hung over a doorway.
I repainted it and applied a rose-patterned foil paper to the mirror. Next week I’ll share the instructions for creating this type of finish.
We recently repainted the stairs, which is a task we tackle whenever they become worn looking. I made a new rule – no shoes on the stairs! I don’t like cleaning the scuff marks off the white risers.
The dark paint color on the stair treads is Benjamin Moore’s porch and floor paint in Java. Simply sand the treads and risers, and paint. Skip every other step so you can still climb them. Then in about 3 days you can paint the rest of the steps. The paint dries the same day, but I like to give it a few days to set and harden before stepping on it.
It’s a little hard to see the board and batten behind the console table, but it’s there. Can you believe my azalea topiary is still going strong? It’s been blooming for over a month and has sprouted a few new leaves at the base of its trunk.
There’s one last thing to do in this room (I hope), and that’s the flooring. We plan to re-paint the floors in here and add a larger rug. The script bamboo mat is a bit too small for the space.
I seriously considered a dark color on the walls above the board and batten, but since this room is located smack dab in the middle of the house, I thought it would be best to keep it a lighter shade. It can always be re-painted, right?
Read Bob Vila’s tips for installing board and batten.