Since my flash of inspiration nearly a month ago, I realized that board and batten in our house, at this time, probably wouldn't work. Mainly, because of this:
All of the trim in our house is stained. And, I'm not about to start painting it all white. Also, the top of these boards are so narrow, it would be impossible to have the vertical board and batten transition into them. And look good.
So, on to Plan B. Chair rail.
We picked up enough for the dining room and breakfast room. We found this at Home Depot for about $5.45 for a 7-foot section. Under $60 for the project...not bad! We started in the breakfast room.
The corners and nail holes were filled with wood filler.
And this is the end result!
It was exactly what this wall and room needed! What do you think?