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Dining Room Status Update

Posted by on June 8th, 2012

Thought it may be helpful to bring all of our readers up to speed on what we have left to do in our raised panel wainscoting project in our dining room. Just yesterday, I was able to get another small wall section installed.

(via my instagram: john_ohfs)

That leaves one more long wall section.  This last one will be made of four panel sections similar to our longest wall, which had six.

So far, we’ve..

1. Removed the existing trim
2. Decided on the look, layout and panel spacing
3. Moved an outlet and added an additional one
4. Repaired the holes in the walls from the outlet install and trim removal
5. Installed panel sections (here, here, here and here with one wall left)

Still to do…

6. Build a simple router table
7. Rout the MDF panels with a raised panel profile
8. Install the MDF panels
9. Install the bolection trim
10. Make and install the cap trim
11. Sand
12. Prime
13. Paint

Does that seem like a lot?  I notice we’ve only got 5 items out of 13 done to date, but that’s okay.  I can say with some certainty that the hardest part is behind us.  The rest shouldn’t be too bad.  I’m thinking we’re a little more than halfway done.  Wish I could just take a few days in a row off here and knock this out.  I may get the chance, but not for a few more weeks and then who knows how far along we’ll be by then.

After the wainscoting is all done and painted, Lisa and I have to decide how to finish decorating the room.  We both really like the look of quatrefoil.  I prefer the stencil approach like I’ve seen at Drab to Fab and Lil House that Could.  Both of those projects came out great.  Plus, I like the idea of not having any seams or paper to deal with.  Lisa is more set on wall paper.  The advantage of that is we may be able to bring in some texture and depth to the walls that we wouldn’t otherwise have with just paint.  To be frank, wall paper is a little intimidating to me.  The process to hang it seems maddening.  So, at some point we need to make a decision there.  We’ll be asking your opinions on that once we have the options in front of us.

For the time being, it seems like this dining room paneling is going to be the biggest project both financially and in terms of production time we’re going to be attempting all summer.  There are a lot of small 1-2 day things we can work on the rest of the time.  I’ll have a bunch of scrap wood left over from this wainscoting project and I’ve already got a few ideas for some small projects I can use it in.  We also have a TON of room painting to do, lighting… a good amount of outside work like planting and more irrigation… plenty to keep us busy.

To top if off, I’ve got some boat and car work to get done.  I promise not to do too many posts on that stuff since this is a Home DIY site, but a lot of it will be a learning process for me, so I don’t think it will hurt to share some of that work.

Have a great weekend!  I’ve got to get caught up on my blog reading now! 

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  • http://www.alittlebiteofeverything.com Ainhoa@ALittleBite

    On the wallpaper vs. stencil debate, I have to say… the only project that made both my bf and I almost quit, was wallpapering the inside of our closets. It might have been because the wallpaper was cheap, and there were a lot of corners and the space was cramped, but we both agree that it's something we're not doing again! So you've got my opinion… you can check out the project here if you'd like http://www.alittlebiteofeverything.com/2010/10/fi

    • http://www.ourhomefromscratch.com/members/john/ John

      Thanks Ainhoa! I'll check out the link. Wallpaper is def low on my list.

  • http://www.decorandthedog.blogspot.com decorandthedog

    I hate to go against the lady of the house but you will never regret painting over stencil later. You will regret having to take down wallpaper. Stenciling is super time consuming but less time consuming than removing wallpaper in the future!

    • http://www.ourhomefromscratch.com/members/john/ John

      Thanks! Although, I need to make sure Lisa knows that when you talk about \’the lady of the house\’ you\’re not talking about me. :)

  • http://findingsilverlinings.net Mindy@FSLblog

    Sorry, I’m with Michelle on this one. Stencil is labor intensive but nothing like taking down wallpaper.

    I’m thinking about doing this type of wall in my living room this summer. The baby needs to get used to the sound of hammering now :)

    • http://www.ourhomefromscratch.com/members/john/ John

      Cool. I'm sure the baby won't mind!

  • http://www.drabtofabdesign.com Whitney

    Thanks for the shout out! I can't speak for putting wallpaper up, but I've taking it down before and it was the biggest pain in the a** of a project I've ever done! Stenciling takes awhile initially, but we aren't planning on staying in our home more than 3-4 years so I wanted to make sure whatever I did could be an easy fix. I'm excited to see what you guys come up with!

  • casadechristine

    You've got quite a bit to finish but I'm sure you'll knock it out! I love the idea of a quatrefoil stencil or paper. I personally love the colours and dimension in wallpaper. I think stencilling would drive me nuts to do- especially if you're talking the whole room!- but previous commenters have made a good point about removal!

    • http://www.ourhomefromscratch.com/members/john/ John

      The wall texture is a great up side. TBD I guess!