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Adding New Trim To the Dining Room


dining room with benjamin moore nocturnal gray walls and sherwin williams alabaster board and batten, gold chandelier, gold brass antique wall candelabra, black windsor farmhouse chairs, green plaid tablecloth

I knew from the beginning of owning this home I wanted to do picture frame trim or board and batten in our dining room. We decided on a design that is a mixture of both, and I love it so much! A few years ago, we painted the dining room Benjamin Moore's Nocturnal Grey and it might be my favorite paint color ever!



before



It gives our dining room drama and allows our antique pieces to pop with the contrast. For this room, we removed the chair rail and installed 5 1/2 inch MDF for the baseboards, new chair rail (which we raised) and the battens. I love how elegant this room feels without being stuffy! Even though we loved this color the first time we painted it, you could see a TON of imperfections on the walls. Once the original chair rail had been removed, we realized the previous owners had simply painted over their wallpaper before selling the home.




No wonder the walls looked awful! So we decided to skim the walls and repaint them while we were already working on the room.


dining room with benjamin moore nocturnal gray walls and sherwin williams alabaster board and batten, gold chandelier, gold brass antique wall candelabra, black windsor farmhouse chairs, green plaid tablecloth
dining room with benjamin moore nocturnal gray walls and sherwin williams alabaster board and batten, gold chandelier, gold brass antique wall candelabra, black windsor farmhouse chairs, green plaid tablecloth

Raising the chair rail to above the height of our dining chairs, again, draws the eye upward and balances out the space.



We also replaced the trim aorund the windows and doors in the same style as the rest of our trim on the first floor. This room now feels larger yet cozier!






I hope you find some inspiration here for whatever project you choose to tackle next! Don’t forget to subscribe at the bottom of the page so you never miss an opportunity to be inspired! And make sure you check out the list below for all the materials we used and all the links so you can shop the look!


xoxo, L




Materials Used



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  • wall color - Benjamin Moore - Nocturnal Gray

  • wall candelabra - facebook marketplace find




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