I am relieved to announce that the wood is up and that I do not want to take it down.
It was scary, I'm not going to lie. When there were only 3 boards up Justin and I didn't like it all. We agreed to finish the right side and if we still didn't like it we would stop there and start calling drywaller's the next morning. (Each piece is screwed and glued. Removing it without drywall damage is not an option.)
Thing is, we would have preferred the whole wall to be the silvery-gray color but the wood guy didn't have enough gray boards at the time. We ended up picking out other boards that we thought would work but unfortunately, it was dusk when we were "shopping" and the browns looked more gray in the dark. Oops.
Finding a pattern that worked took forever. Justin would hold boards up, I'd stand back and take a picture, then we'd decide which looked the best and continue down the wall. Plus, we wanted both sides to follow the same pattern so that limited our options, color wise, as well.
The roughness of each board added to the scare factor as well but I kept reminding myself that's why I like this look. It's not supposed to be perfect.
The top picture seems to look more contrasted on the computer screen. I think it looks better in person.
I wish I could say that the dining room is done, but it's not. It feels great to be one big step closer though!
Here's what's left on our to-do list:
*crown moulding* *curtains* *art*
*deciding to paint the rest of the walls*
I'm thinking black paint. Justin thinks I'm crazy. Am I? What do you think?