What a difference a little wainscoting makes! Our hallway was looking just a tad boring,and I felt it was asking for a little pizzazz. I absolutely love hallway wainscoting, so, we went to work over the Christmas vacation. Now, every time I walk down the hallway I smile. 🙂
Here is the before picture.
We used the same board and batten style wainscoting design as we did in our dining room. This time, however, we also had 9 doors to contend with (we’ve been slowly updating the door trim throughout the house). We also learned from our previous mistake, and used a 1/4 mdf sheet to cover the bottom half of the wall. That way I didn’t have to spend time skim-coating the walls to remove the texture before painting – a very time consuming process.
The paint we used is Benjamin Moore Advance in White Dove – a great white color for trim. The Advance paint has excellent leveling properties, and dries very hard. The only downside is that it takes a really long time to dry – recoat time is 16 hours. I had to guard the hallway like a hawk in between coats to make sure my kids and our dog didn’t touch the walls, earning me the nickname, “the paint nazi.” Oh, well – that’s the burden of DIY. You know just how much effort it will take to redo it if it gets mucked up..