Thankfully, Rob was in the full on redo mode and decided to do a full wall of wainscoting/paneling or whatever you feel like calling it. I was all for it. It had been on our wish list of things to do for a few years now, and he thought after four kids and being stuck inside with cold temperatures was the perfect time to take over the kitchen area. Here is the wall before from another project we did.
It started out with painting the wall in the darker Anonymous Gray.
Rob drew up this design on Wynn's sight word practice sheet (whoops) and headed to Lowe's.
I yelled for Rob who had just gone in the garage, and then gave him the baby. I hopped upstairs got a change of clothes & diapers for the boys , and then hopped around finding just one shoe for me. Our neighbors (the third set of grandparents essentially) came to the rescue and took all four kids to their house. My mother in law came over after we left. We were at the ER for three hours, and they were able to remove it fairly simply. I am still in some discomfort, but oh well I still have my foot.
When we got home my mother in law graciously stayed an extra few hours to help, and Rob then finished the cutting of the wood and framing of the squares. I told him this better be the best project yet, or else the drill bit into my foot wouldn't be worth it.
To make the squares on the wall Rob used 1 x 6 foot pine boards at the top and bottom of our wall. Then he placed boards 18 and 3/4 inches a[art going from left to right vertically using 1 x 4 boards pine. Then he split up the remaining 1 x 4 boards to go across horizontally to create the squares.
Then he used drywall mud and caulk to fill in any gaps, and then gave it all a good sanding. Finally, he primed the wood boards and painted them in the same Anonymous Gray.