It has been a crazy couple of days here at our house. I have had my husband working like a DOG.
And I am sooooooo pleased with the outcome.
Okay...so YES we are on a budget. Yes, we are participating in a Dave Ramsey program, BUT we managed to eek out a small budget (and I do mean small) to work some magic in the dining room.
Here is a before pic. (Excuse the people in the shot, it wasn't taken as a "Before". I get carried away and start a project before remembering that critical step. Please just look beyond us. :)
So, you get a pretty good idea what it looked like.
I mean, we liked it. It was really pretty. But we've lived with it for 6 years. We were ready for a change.
I have always wanted the look of board and batten. I scoured Pinterest and the Internet looking for ideas.
Finally, after reading 75 million Decor blogs (including Thrifty Decor Chick, Decor Chick and Houzz.com) reading every tutorial I could find, and talking about it to Joe for about 3 months or more.....
I got that proverbial hair up my arse and we went to town gathering supplies.
We saved SOO much money buying primed MDF instead of using wood. It also saved us some elbow grease later when we painted.
And we were SO serious about doing a good job, we even bought a level. That's right, folks, we measured and marked stuff off and stuff. Just to make sure it was done right. ;)
Here are some "during" pics. You know, this is the time when you think it's never gonna get finished...And you wonder if you've bitten off more than you can chew...
Yeah, these are kind of crappy and all the furniture is smashed in the center of the room. NONE of these pictures are taken at the same angle as my crappy "Before" pics, but...
So, after 2 days of working, with breaks to wipe noses, wipe butts, run the kids here and there, make and serve meals, and the occasional bathroom break...here's what we finished with.
It's not "done"...we have plans for a few additional things, but for now we're pleased.
And a little celebratory glass of vino afterward. Don't worry...Joe drank both of them. ;)
Joe & I keep finding ourselves going back into the room just to stare at it. Amazing. I mean, it's farrrrrr from perfect, but we LOVE it!
Because we're so darn proud of this room, I'm linking up on My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia.