Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Kitchen Wainscoting, Plus Some New Paint and Curtains

The kitchen is on its way to being finished! YIPPEE!
I finished the Wainscoting on the breakfast bar, and then also added a new coat of white paint completing my white kitchen. 
Then I added some new curtains to the breakfast nook and a new shelf. It's transforming before my eyes!
All I have left is a chair rail and some Beadboard Wallpaper around the entire kitchen, new tile floors, and maybe a new cushion cover for my DIY Breakfast Nook cushions.

Okay, first things first. Kitchen Breakfast Bar Wainscoting:
What I used:
Tape Measure
Square Ruler
1"x1/8" trim molding
8'x4' fiberboard panels
Liquid Nails
Finishing Nails
Paintable Caulk
Latex Paint & Primer in One

Here is is in progress-
The first thing I had to do was measure the entire length and height of the area I was covering. I had to make sure that my boxes were evenly spaced across as well as vertically. This was a bit of a trial and error ON PAPER. I was happy I didn't just slap it up, because even with all of my measuring I found that I had more space on the right then the left when finished.

After coming up with my measurements, I went with 12" square boxes with 3" inbetween, I put up the fiberboard. I had to do cuts with that as well, and I just used a large handsaw. Put the Liquid Nails on the back, and then slapped it up. I used finishing nails in each corner and a few elsewhere on the board where it felt like it wasn't laying flat.

I penciled in the outline of the molding before glueing them up, measuring and remeasuring and checking for level over and over.
I ran into an issue, one I think that is pretty common in all houses, in that the breakfast bar is not completely level, nor is it square to the wall and the floor.  I had to make a decision to measure and have the boxes exactly evenly spaced and not in line with one another, or not.  I chose to have them all on the same line.  What I then had to do was adjust the measurements on the bottom pieces.  They actually progressively became a little bit larger across the breakfast bar.  But in the end, it's not noticeable at all.
Here's the first coat of paint-

Here's the new shelf...thank you Hobby Lobby 50% off! It's covering up two old outlets, a telephone jack and a cable jack.

Then I added a sheer curtain over the sink:

And new Crushed Ombre curtains in the breakfast nook:

And here's the new textured border, unfinished.  I just added a white wash coat to it to make the design pop and to lighten up the gray a little bit. I'll have finished pics soon :)

Next on the agenda: Add a chair rail and some beadborad wallpaper, finish the half bath, then either tiling the kitchen floor, or install wood floors!  Whohoo!

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gail@My Repurposed Life said... Best Blogger Tips

I love your wainscoting! You did a really great job.
Catching you tonight!

Jodalee said... Best Blogger Tips

I really love the breakfast bar- makes me whine a little that we dont own our house because I am so into these kinds of fun projects!

Danielle Hudson said... Best Blogger Tips

OMG I love this! Hmmmmm, wonder if something like this will work on some ugly kitchen cabinets that I will never be able to afford to replace?

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