I wavered back and forth between doing some sort of faux board and batten, painted wide planks like the ceiling, and different colored stained wide planks.
I even looked into the contact and wallpapers that look like planked wood.
Then, one day, I remembered the stack of lath from tearing out all the lath and plaster walls.
I ran out to the shed and grabbed a couple pieces, had The Dad hold them up while I stood back to look, and 15 minutes later he had the nail gun out.
They already had some variation in color, so I didn't even have to stain them.
We just went over them with the sander real quick, to knock the biggest slivers off.
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The Dad made vertical lines to mark the studs, adjusted the outlet box so that the lath would sit behind it, and that was pretty much it for prep.
We left the baseboard up because the lath is just barely thicker.
If we had mounted it on top of the lath, it wouldn't have wrapped and met up properly with the piece of baseboard on the end of the peninsula.
You can see here how the reveal is just barely different.
To finish the edge, The Dad dug out a piece of trim that had come off of the original kitchen cabinets.
He just sanded the paint off and cut it to size.
This is one piece shy of being done.
I can't remember why, but he didn't get that last piece cut until the next day.
I didn't take any fancy "after" photos because the trim wasn't finished yet.
But it is now!
All the baseboards and quarter round are officially nailed up, caulked, and painted.
In the dining room AND the kitchen.
Plus, he got the trim up around the ceiling in the dining room.
Ya know, 'cause we only planked the ceiling in there two years ago.
The trim made a huuuuge difference, though, and really finished it up.
I'll get some pictures of everything for another post.
So now, the only things left to do, before a FINISHED kitchen, are backsplash, outlet and switch cover plates, plank the ceiling, ceiling trim, and install the lights over the peninsula.
Sooooo close I can taste it.
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