Dark Wainscoting

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Hello friends! I hope you are all staying home and healthy during the COVID-19 situation. It feels awfully strange, doesn’t it?

Prior to being home bound I did a revamp in this family room.

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Remember when it looked like the above photo?

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Then I painted the mantel area white. Yeah, in 18 months this room has had another dramatic change.

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Our walls are semi-smooth so I started by painting the walls dark, including the base baords up to 76 inches high. Our ceilings are 10 feet tall, the board and batten look I am going for is 2/3 of the wall being in wainscoting.

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The slats are cut from a 4 ft x 8 ft thin MDF panel from the hardware store. I cut them to be 3 1/2 inches wide and around 76 inches tall. I used Heavy Duty Liquid Nails and a brad nailer to attach them to the wall.

They are all approximately 12 inches apart but each wall is divided into how many slats I want on them. I applied a center piece first and went approx. 12 inches out to the edges.

It doesn’t matter how they meet up with the next wall.

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The top molding is 4 inch square, primed MDF.

 

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Did you notice the fireplace and mantel look different? I painted the wood surround in Urbane Bronze to be part of the wainscoting.

There is a warm wood mantel added too. Let me show a quick behind the scenes of how I made that.

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These are common boards attached together by corner brackets. It’s cut to fit over the existing mantel piece.

 

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It fits snug on the mantel but I also used nails to keep in sturdy.

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If the sides of the mantel were in more full view I would have taken the time to miter cut them but nobody walks by the sides.

 

I accented some of the wood grain with dark walnut stain then applied golden oak over the whole thing.

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Also, the Sonos speakers were sitting on the old mantel and I wanted them somewhere else. It makes the most sense for them to be in this area of the room so I bought some wood corbels and glued then nailed a flat piece of wood big enough to support each speaker to the top of each. They are stained the same as the mantel.

Here are a few more finished photos of the room.

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I love the contrast so much. The new sofa looks even more amazing with the dark walls.

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The warm wood compliments the rich color of the wall and goes well with the leather sofa and other rustic woods in the room.

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Thinking about putting up the white window panels. We are also considering some wood or white blinds. What do you think?

 

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While we are all stuck at home for the next few weeks we at least have a cozy space to enjoy. This is actually a great time to get those projects done that we’ve been wanting to do.

Next room to get a makeover is my bedroom.

I am in love with this Sherwin Williams color – Urbane Bronze, so much so that I want it in my bedroom too.

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Enjoy your time at home and try not to worry.

Until next time…

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One Reply to “Dark Wainscoting”

  1. Wow Holly, what a dramatic change! I don’t know if I am that brave, but I also love Urbane Bronze and you have inspired me to repaint my french doors with it! I also love how the warm wood mantel coordinates perfectly with your sofa. Just a note about wood blinds – we have white ones (which I love) but oh the dust they collect :). Thanks for all the fun decorating ideas in all of your posts!

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