This post has been in the making for about....ummm...two months. I changed my mind a number of times on what I wanted the end result to be.
We started with these faux brick panels that we purchased from Lowe's. My husband cut them and fastened them to the wall. This is where I thought (to myself of course), I really don't like the look. My husband said I couldn't take them down. So marriage is all about compromise and that's what we did. He would take 3/4 of it off and add a "rustic" looking board & batten on the lower half. But first I painted and sanded... and painted again...and sanded...again! I had some killer blisters on my hands after.
This is what compromise looks like in our house.