Dining Room Wainscoting for Under $60
I wanted to update you on some of the progress we are making with my mom and dad’s living and dining room project. This is where we started.
Today I wanted to show you an awesome and inexpensive update that is going to a big impact in the dining room. Wainscoting! Originally used to help insulate homes dating back to the 16th century, wainscoting has now morphed into wood paneling used as a decorative element in many traditional or transitional style homes. There are no shortage styles to choose from and is even sold in kits at your local Home Depot. While there are many styles to choose from we settled on board and batten wainscoting for it’s simplicity to install, its cost, and elegance.
What We Did
If you look closely, you can see in the before picture below there are painted decorative panels, flanking the large hutch and by the doorway. There were several more on the wall. In an effort to reuse and re-purpose items and keep costs down, we took them off the wall cut them down to size, and spaced them along the lower portion of wall to act as boards in our batten and board wainscoting.
Brown panels are on either side of the hutch and on the left by the doorway.
We also bought two sheets of luan–sounds like “loo-wan” (flexible plywood usually used as an underlayment for flooring) for $25 to fill in the rest of the wall space. Once we had the pieces cut to size we used our trim nail-gun to attach them to the wall.
We spaced our pieces 20 inches apart. While there is no hard and fast rule it seems that most batten and board wainscoting is commonly spaced between 16 and 20 inches apart.
Measuring out the strips of luan
Now that everything was attached, we painted the wall, boards, and the chair rail in Glidden’s Pure White paint. The luan is admittedly on the thinner side but that’s the subtle look I wanted to achieve. If you wanted to beef it up, you could use thicker plywood or MDF (medium density fiber board) which is also cost effective.
Final Step & The Result
Finally, we removed the brown trim that was at the very top of the chair rail and repainted it an even deeper brown, Glidden’s Western Charcoal, and reattached it back along the top of the wall. I love the clean lines and the unexpected pop it adds to the room. If you count the paint and cost of the luan we spent just under $60 on this project. The impact can’t be beat for the money!
I am ecstatic about the progress we are making in the dining room. The living room…not so much. Right now it’s a holding area but the walls are prepped and ready for paint. We will get there!
Do you think this project is doable? Let us know by commenting below.