Inspired by these 2 photos I found online, I decided I wanted to make wainscoting for my bedroom. I like the idea of a shelf on top of it, and have shutters that covered my window half way.
I got a couple quotes for shutters... the cheapest I could find was $300 on SALE. Well, you know me, there is no way in hell I'm gunna spend $300 on one window. (I will show you how I made the shutters in another post)
I ripped out the skirting boards, the door frames, and I replaced all of it with 3.5" mdf. I used 10' lengths to get two uprights out of each length.
In this photo you can see the shelf I attached to the top of the wainscoting... this is just another piece of 3.5" mdf. I used liquid nails, and nailed it into place also.
It's impossible for every section on each wall to be exactly the same, so measuring each wall and spacing the boards as close as possible to the same distance allows the eye to believe all are spaced the same.
Framing around the window first gave me the distance I needed to work with for the rest of the uprights and under the window.
Here are the shutters I added at the same height as the top of the wainscoting. This way they would swing open under the shelf.
Then I painted a warm color above the shelf around the room. This color is on the entire one wall that doesn't have wainscoting.
And all of the wainscoting is painted white. Important step... before painting wainscoting, you need to seal around the boards with a caulking to make them look perfect. Then paint when it's dry.
This white dresser I bought at a yard sale for $2.50, it was a beach color with a broken foot. I made a new matching foot and painted it white using an oil based white gloss, and now I love it.
I plan on painting the shutters white, just haven't got around to it yet. You can see the wall w/o wainscoting. I like it!
Wish I'd had my nail gun from the beginning of this project. Once I got it I went 4 times as fast!
Thanks for Looking!