Blah walls. What to do, what to do. I tend to gravitate towards neutral green, brown and blue paint chips, so I thought I'd try something different and go with a cheery yellow. Nothing too crazy, just enough to brighten up the windowless laundry room.
Picking a color was the hard part. I'm somewhat of an indecisive person (and so is my husband) so we stared at tons of different yellow paint chips until he got bored and left the decision to me. When picking a paint color, make sure you look at the chip in the room you're painting because it'll look totally different outside or in the store. We finally decided to go with "Pale Lemon" from Glidden, a nice light and bright yellow.
I still felt like something was missing but wasn't sure what I wanted to add until I came across this post by Rhoda at Southern Hospitality. Textured beadboard wallpaper?! Genius! I don't own a table or circular saw so using the wood beadboard sheets wouldn't work at our place (since you have to cut out holes for electrical outlets). I measured out the height (36.5" from the floor) and calculated how much I'd need. I ordered 1 roll from HomeDepot.com
It was really easy to install! I precut each piece, wet the back and let it sit in the tub for a few minutes before I applied it to the walls. Once you apply it to the walls, you smooth out the bubbles (I did this with my hands) and then apply the next piece! I used white caulk to hide the seams and let it dry over night. For detailed instructions on how to install beadboard wallpaper, check out Rhoda's blog -SouthernHospitalityBlog.com
I topped the beadboard with this moulding from Lowes, which I primed and painted 1 coat before installing it using a nail gun and finishing nails. I filled the nail holes with wood filler, caulked the corners and gaps between the wall and moulding, and painted one coat of Valpar Swiss Coffee (Lowes) over the moulding and beadboard wallpaper.
Here's the before:
and the after:
Cost of redoing the walls (paint, moulding, wallpaper) = $66.65 (including tax)
Next post...the cabinets!!