Living Room Makeover

Living Room Makeover

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We are officially LIVING in our new house and we could not be happier!  The projects have only just begun, and I’m so excited to be sharing my first one in our new house.  It’s no secret I’ve always been a fan of wainscoting, so I knew I wanted to do something to the walls in our new house.  We went with the traditional wainscoting in our old house, but I wanted to do something a little different for this house.  I decided to go with board and batten since I wanted it to feel younger and a little less formal.  So without further ado, I give you the “before” picture…


All the trim in the house was oak, so the first thing we had to do was paint it.  We replaced the base trim with new, but the rest we just painted.  We used Sherwin-Williams Pro Classic Interior White Paint for the base trim, the trim around the windows and the board and batten.

Here are some progress shots of the board and batten.


The boards are 3″ wide and 1/4″ thick.  They are spaced about 18″ apart.


The walls took 2 coats of paint to get them looking perfect!


I picked Sherwin-Williams Light French Gray for above the board and batten and I have major heart eyes!  I love love love the color.

And here’s how the room looks now!







I really like the contrast of the wood on the stairs with the gray and white.  I think it really warms up the space.

I am also absolutely in love with the way the white and gray brighten up the space.  It feels like a totally new room and it makes me so happy!

We are thrilled to be able to check one project off the list to start making this new house our home, and are eager to do more!

I hope you love the living room transformation as much as I do!  If you’re excited to see more projects, be sure to “follow” along at the top of the page to get them straight to your inbox!

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27 thoughts on “Living Room Makeover

  1. roxanne says:

    It’s amazing what a difference wainscoting can make, this is beautiful! I’m currently looking for the perfect shade of gray paint for my daughter’s room. Is this room north-facing?

    • The Cofran Home says:

      Thanks so much, Roxanne! The room is north-facing! I really love SW Light French Gray – we used it in our old house, too. A lot of grays will look purple or have a different color undertone – we don’t get any of that with this gray!

    • The Cofran Home says:

      Thanks Cindy! It is about 50″ high. I wanted to go higher but our stair platform and light switches were in the way. I’m very happy with how it came out though!

  2. Michelle says:

    Congratulations on your new home Mary and the living room looks amazing. I love the color you chose, it really does brighten everything up and it looks so classy. It forms the perfect backdrop for your unique style. Wishing you many happy new memories there.

  3. Kim says:

    Hi there, your living room is absolutely beautiful! Did you paint the board and batten a semi gloss? And the walls between the boards, same color but flat or satin or semi gloss?

    • The Cofran Home says:

      Hi Kim! Thank you so much! The boards and the walls between the boards are all semi gloss. Hope that helps! Xo

  4. Suzie Q says:

    Beautiful transformation. The change made a plain room into a comfortable home. I might use this idea in my living room that needs painting.

  5. Cheryl A says:

    This looks beautiful. You inspire me. Did you use a small trim piece at the top of the boards. I know you said you used 3″ x 1/4″ boards, but I’m unsure what to use at the bottom and top. The top also looks that there is a small trim piece. Thank you for sharing.

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