Remember my “Difference Molding Can Make” post? If you don’t, I’ll be nice and show you the after picture again when we put up the chair rail and framed boxes…
I liked it, but wanted to try something different. We have textured walls, so I was a little scared to try this, but I have seen others do board and batten and wainscoting with textured walls and it looked great. One that comes to mind is Joy from Thrifty Parsonage Living when she did board and batten in their bedroom. I had asked her about her textured walls and it didn’t bother her, so it shouldn’t bother me then right?! :) Her new board and batten looks great!!
So, keep in mind that “true” wainscoting has smooth wood paneling completely covering the wall, then you put your boxes on top of that. But since I already had the boxes up and the chair rail, I didn’t want to have to redo everything and take off the baseboards etc, or spend any money for that matter.
So, how do you get the look of wainscoting without all the extra work and money you ask? Paint!!
Please don’t pay attention to my uneven line there on the right corner. I still have to figure out what to do with that transition column. So instead, just humor me and admire my fake wainscoting for a moment. :) It looks real to me, and if it doesn’t to you, please don’t say so and rain on my fake wainscoting parade. :)
Last Thursday night at 9:00 p.m. I just popped up and said “I’m going to paint that wall, it’ll be easy!” I already had that white semi-gloss paint in the garage. Well of course it turned into a 2 day project because I needed 3 coats of white paint, because again, I didn’t prime. When will I ever learn? And then after I painted it all, the boxed frames looked like this…
I had already started caulking everything when I remembered to take a picture, but you can see the ugliness I’m talking about. So yes, I had to caulk ALL of the frames inside and out. Again, when will I learn to do this FIRST? I guess never.
This is the caulking/sealant stuff I used in a tube. It was really easy to work with…a lot easier than the caulking gun, for this project anyway.
So in a nutshell it was pretty easy, but would have been easier if I had primed and caulked first. Oh well, I’m happy with my new wall. :)
Here is a close up of the textured wall in case you are curious like me. Yes you can still see it, but it still looks pretty. And from afar you can’t even tell that much. Also, if you have people coming over and inspecting your walls for the real stuff, then they shouldn’t be in your home. :)
Ahhhh! So whatcha think? I think this really dressed up the wall, much more than before. I have plans to do this in our living room, the opposite entry wall, and more fun molding in the dining room to tie everything together. Oh, and some board and batten or beadboard in our bedrooms and bathrooms. Yea, I love molding, all kinds, and I want it all. It’s amazing people. I think it gives you the biggest “bang” for your buck! Now I just need the bucks. :)
So have you tried anything like this with textured walls? If so, did you like the results?
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