In all of this beadboard love, I decided that our dining room needed a little something extra, too. After five years of the same thing, I have to say, I am sick of the red.
When we moved into this house, I was red obsessed- I still love it, but my new color obsession leans towards orange. So, the plan in here was to paint above the chair rail the same rusty orange that is our current kitchen color, then add some wainscoting to the bottom. We planned to fake some paneling, but then I thought about all of the amazing transformations I’ve seen using beadboard wallpaper. I didn’t want to spend $20/panel again on the “real” stuff, so I felt good about $20 for a roll of paper.
I used the Allen + Roth brand from Lowe’s. It was $19.99 a roll, and I *almost* made it with one roll, but had to get a second one for about six feet of wall. Oh well, I’m sure I’ll find a use for the leftovers!
I measured my wall space and went ahead and cut out 29″ pieces of wallpaper, keeping the edges as straight as possible.
Once I had done all of my cutting, I wiped down the walls and baseboards to make sure everything was dust-free. Then, you proceed just like you would with regular wallpaper. You submerge the paper in water for 30 seconds, then book the pieces (fold on top of each other) for five minutes to activate the paste. Then, just put it on the wall, smooth it and trim the excess. After just one piece, I started to get excited- it looked so real!
Considering I have two little boys that monopolize ALL of my daytime hours, I had to wait until Brody fell asleep each day to work on this project. Meaning, I was wallpapering at 10:30. It took me about three hours to do the whole room, spread out over three days. We’re now ready to paint! You have to wait 24 after applying paint to the paper, but I think once I hit the whole room with some white semi-gloss, it’s going to look even more authentic! I am super, super excited about the results so far, and can’t wait for the end product. Once I finish painting my new “paneling” I will repaint above the chair rail and hang some new curtains. I am loving all of these easy DIY projects- they’re making a huge difference in how we feel about our home!