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One-Day Dining Room Transformation

Updated: Aug 16, 2023

We completely changed the look and feel of this dining room thanks to Build and Batten, paint and new flooring! Just take a look at the after, because I think the before will shock you!

Alright, let's talk about how we made this happen. I suppose you want to see what the room looked like before this transformation...

This house was built in the 1930s and the layers of *very* colorful flooring definitely don't hide that fact. We knew fresh paint would go a long way, but we didn't want to stop there. So, we started with an accent wall with the help of Build and Batten which pre-cut trim molding that can be customized to your space. We have previously used their products in our own great room and in our neighbor's one-day room transformation. They have a ton of easy-to-use options that you can find in-person at Lowe's.

By working with Build and Batten, we were able to come up with a design that fit the space perfectly. Before heading to the project, I used scrap wood to make both 4- and 5-inch spacers to help the project run smoothly.

During the install, I referenced this diagram frequently to ensure all of the pieces were put together in the right order.

In order to install Build and Batten products, you will need the following items:

  • Level

  • Brad Nailer and Nails

  • Paintable Caulk

  • Spacers

I mean just look at difference paint and wall treatment makes! To fill the nail holes, you will use paintable caulk but make sure to wipe off the excess before it dries as caulk is not sand-able. Most likely, you will need to do at least 2 coats of paint but it is very worth it!

Now, let's talk about that floor! In this case, peel and stick flooring was the way to go. It is affordable and can be done relatively quickly with a BIG impact. Check out this post on how to lay peel and stick flooring in 3 simple steps! In a couple of hours, Mark, myself and his sister were able to lay the flooring in both the dining room and kitchen. Mark also replaced the ceiling fan to a Hunter fan that was more clean and modern to really finish off the space.

So, what do you think?! Can you believe this is the same room? Thanks again to Build and Batten for working with us on this project!

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