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Wainscoting in the Family Room and a Tutorial

Wainscoting in the Family Room and a Tutorial

Before and After, DIY & Crafts, Tutorials
In our family room we have a very odd shaped large wall where our entertainment center sits.  The drop down ceiling makes everything out of balance and drives me crazy!  I really wanted built in’s and a fireplace and on and on and on.  Unfortunately for me with today’s budget that isn’t an option, so we had to come up with another idea to make this wall pop on a very tight budget! 
Here is the Before, a terrible pic I know but before’s are supposed to be terrible right?

Budget solution: we used left over molding from the basement!  I love it so much maybe built in’s are a thing of the past, maybe! 
Want to make your own wall?  Here is how!
1-frame out the wall with moldings, the frame around the entire wall is made with chair rail.
2-run a piece of molding 19 inches from the top.  
For this piece of molding we used base as I wanted it thicker than everything else.   

3-run your chair rail from your top base to your bottom base, and repeat on the top.
Hint: Use a level so your moldings go up straight!

4-Nail up your moldings
5-fill your nail holes with putty
6-caulk all your moldings to fill in all the cracks (tutorial to come)

I wanted everything to be the same color.
 I painted the entire wall with Benjamin Moore’s White Dove in Satin, it created a nice subtle contrast to my other cream walls!

and TADA you have a beautiful new accent wall!


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  1. Steph
    May 30, 2013 at 1:00 am

    SUPER gorgeous, Brooke!!

  2. Shabby chic Sandy
    May 30, 2013 at 9:52 am

    That really adds a lot–lucky for you you have a great handyman for the job!

  3. Crystal
    May 30, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    Beautiful!! It makes such a huge difference in the room! Love, love, love it!!

  4. Sherry Thecharmofhome
    June 7, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    Really awesome! Thank you for joining Home Sweet Home!

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