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

    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!

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

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

  • http://thiskindaoldhouse.com Maureen

    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!

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

      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)!

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

      Thanks very much Kristen!

  • http://www.mailboxjourney.com Melanie

    It looks really great! You did an awesome job.

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

      Thanks Melanie!

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

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

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

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

  • http://retroranchrenovation.blogspot.com/ Gabbi

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

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

      Thanks Gabbi!

  • http://www.drabtofabdesign.com Whitney

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

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

      Thanks Whitney!

  • casadechristine

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

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

      Thanks Christine!

  • http://www.firsthomedreams.com AshleyLynnFHD

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

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

      Thanks Ashley!

  • http://www.attemptsatdomestication.com Ashley@AAD

    It is SO gorgeous and makes a huge difference! Great job John! :)

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

      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.

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

      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.

  • http://www.coolest/sista/eva.com mar

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

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

      Thanks! Nice URL! Haha

  • http://shiftctrlart.com Katja @ ShiftCtrlART

    What a difference. I looks really great!!

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


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