My dining room is the main transitional area in our home. With our open floor plan, that I love very much, the dining room is really only defined as such because that is where my white-washed table hangs out. The space serves as a transition area between the living room and kitchen and a transitional space between the door to the garage and the back door. It’s also a scooter race track, a coloring station, and where most mealtime meltdowns occur. So you could say that dining room of ours works overtime on the daily.
Sometimes I like to fantasize about a more fancy dining room. You know…one with a restored barn-wood table and plush white linen fabric chairs. Can you even imagine? Truthfully though, I like how easy and simple it is to live in my dining room. Literally everything is wipe-able and booger proof. On the list of important qualities for a dining room, “booger-proof” is in the top 3.
There is one wall (a kind of floating wall) in my dining room that has been through an identity crisis over the past 3 years. At first it was the sad beige color that matched the rest of the house. Then I got the idea to paint the wall a really lovely dark gray. I genuinely still like the dark gray color (it was the perfect shade) but here is the thing with dark wall colors: they show EVERYTHING. Finger prints. Dust. Boogers. So I knew that a new wall treatment was in order.
Here is my wall in the dark gray phase. Not exactly 50-Shades-Of-Grey sexy (but honestly is that a bad thing?). It was more like “Oh I see you have two children and a dog”-gray. Also, the vents were not my favorite. Why is it that return-air vents have to be freaking hideous? I needed a solution that was bright, durable, and beautiful. That is why I decided to do white-washed tongue and groove!
And I LOVED how it turned out. It’s my favorite wall in my home because it is bright and lightens the whole first floor. It is also wipe-able. That’s right, I can wipe everything off thanks to an excellent semi-gloss paint and the natural durability of real wood. This project would not have been possible without Home Depot. They are the perfect folks to partner with when it comes to home improvement and you can check out their blog to see how to do tongue and groove walls. FIY…I’m the one teaching you how to do tongue and groove. 😉
Not only the wall got a makeover…I just couldn’t stand those return air vents any longer so I followed this vent cover DIY to give them a fresh hip look.
Also, Charlotte helped. She is very very helpful.