Dining Room Wainscoting Wrap Up

Posted by John on August 20th, 2012

Finally.  We’re done the dining room wainscoting project.  Yep.  All done.  Well, except for some minor paint touch ups and a little bit of caulking.  BUT, it’s on a 6″ section of doorway baseboard molding, so.. technically, it’s not really IN the dining room.  So, like I said.  We’re done.  High five.

I don’t want to seem like we’re spiking the football here.  We posted last week when we finished up the painting and we got a lot of very kind comments.  I almost feel guilty posting about it again.  Almost.

We started the planning for this project back in February with an intro post.  We started the demolition and electrical work in March and April.  The actual trim carpentry started on May 15.  So, it took us about 6 months from planning to final brush stroke.  Yikes.  It was worth it.  Here’s a more thorough wrap-up of the work that went into the dining room.

Our Dining Room Wainscoting Project, the Cliff’s Notes.

A year ago, the room was completely unpainted.  We still have quite a few rooms in this builder boring state at the moment.

We started the upgrade process by adding some molding beneath the crown and painting it all semi-gloss white. Then we painted the room accessible beige by Sherwin Williams.

Then the rest of the process went like this…

– Removing the existing chair rail molding
– Adding a new outlet behind the buffet
– Planning the options, look and layout of the wainscoting
– Installing the poplar frame (1, 2, 3, 4)
– Adding the MDF panels
– Adding the bolection molding and capping
– Priming
– Painting

And now we’re all done…

You know you’re getting old when wainscoting is considered eye candy.

Couple things to note.  See if you caught this.  The dining room table is missing a chair.  It was in another room when I was taking the pictures.  Oops.  Lisa noticed.  I didn’t.  Also, we’re going to be adding some additional decor items at some point and eventually replacing the cellular window shades.  For now though, this is fine.

Any items you’re dying to remove from your to-do list?

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  • It makes a huge difference! Well done! Taking your time with projects like this one is key, I think, because it's what gets you the best results. Enjoy the dining room!

    • John_OHFScratch

      Thanks Ainhoa! You\’re right. Slow and steady wins the race.

  • Yay! So happy for you guys that this is finally done! I've said it before and will say it again, this is such impressive work, truly. Looks fantastic! Enjoy!

    • John_OHFScratch

      Thanks Maureen!

  • Kristen

    I wouldn't have noticed the chair either if you hadn't mentioned it – I was too busy checking out the wainscoting! It looks absolutely amazing (I am beyond impressed)!

    • John_OHFScratch

      Thanks very much Kristen!

  • It looks really great! You did an awesome job.

    • John_OHFScratch

      Thanks Melanie!

  • It turned out so pretty!!! Are you okay with pretty? Love the wall color.

    • John_OHFScratch

      Thanks Michelle. I\’m okay with pretty. I\’d prefer shwanky, but I\’ll take pretty.

  • I cannot believe how great of a job you did! It looks fantastic. High five!!

    • John_OHFScratch

      Thanks Gabbi!

  • Beautiful!! It was totally worth all the hard work! The paint color is really nice with the white wainscoting as well!

    • John_OHFScratch

      Thanks Whitney!

  • casadechristine

    Gorgeous! You did a fantastic job- totally looks pro!

    • John_OHFScratch

      Thanks Christine!

  • It looks so good! I've been following along but haven't really commented until now. Job well done!

    • John_OHFScratch

      Thanks Ashley!

  • It is SO gorgeous and makes a huge difference! Great job John! 🙂

    • John_OHFScratch

      Thank you Ashley!

  • lisaallen482

    Great job! Your room looks so much better. I am loving that paint color and just wrote it down. Do you recommend using Sherwin Williams? The curtain color and shine are a nice touch.

    • John_OHFScratch

      Thanks Lisa. We really like Sherwin Williams, but they do have a store very close to our house, so we\’re a little biased. Benjamin Moore Paint is also very good.

  • mar

    Looks so good!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • John_OHFScratch

      Thanks! Nice URL! Haha

  • What a difference. I looks really great!!

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  • Karin

    I absolutely love the wainscoting! It is so gorgeous! I only wish I had a handy dandy husband to tackle the job! May I ask you, how many hours/days it took to complete the job and what was the total cost of the materials? I’m in the process of getting bids and it would be nice to have something to compare them to… Thanks so much!

    • John @ OHFS


      Thank you very much. It should take around 40 hours and $1500 worth of material if I recall correctly.

  • Brantley Still

    Great job and article, I’ve been pulling my hair out trying to figure out how to measure and divide these panels I would love it and be really appreciative if I could have a copy of your calculator