Wainscoting Painted

Posted by John on August 13th, 2012

I was originally thinking about skipping all the posts on our dining room wainscoting until we were completely finished with it. Staged and all.  However, it may be another week until it’s all buttoned back up, so I think I’ll just get on with it and show everyone where we’re at.

The last couple weeks we’ve been painting.  A lot.  We finally finished painting the wainscoting and this past weekend we finished painting the walls.  We had hoped to avoid repainting all the accessible beige, but the touch ups were pretty visible, so we ended up repainting ALL of it.

One tip I learned from painting the large panels of the wainscoting is definitely worth sharing. I was getting some major streaking or flashing with the semi-gloss on some panels. You can see the brush strokes. For some reason it just wasn’t going on evenly. It was driving me mad.

To remedy this problem, I just used a small roller and applied a nice even coat just to the MDF panels and then used a dry brush to flatten it out. Worked like a charm.

Yesterday, I started adding the outlets. Since they are situated in the MDF panel part of the wall, the boxes need to be extended by 3/4.”

I was able to find outlet extenders at Home Depot. They come in varying sizes (1/4″, 1/2″, etc) and can be screwed right onto the existing boxes.

When installed, it brings the receptacle flush to the wall.

Here’s some shots of the room. We still have to finish up a few more outlets and add the oak quarter rounds to tie the walls to the floors. Then we’ll need to clean up and bring everything back in.

Can’t wait to be done with this already!! Late last week we were in DC for a couple days, which is why we skipped out on posting. We’ll be sharing some of our experiences with that trip later this week.

Do any painting this weekend? What are you looking forward to finishing?

Posted in Carpentry,DIY Projects,Electrical. Tagged in ,, , ,

  • It looks amazing! You're almost there!

    • John_OHFScratch

      Thanks Ainhoa!

  • Wow. The room looks fantastic!! Hope you all had fun in DC.

    • John_OHFScratch

      We sure did! Thanks!

  • Kristen

    Oh my gosh – whenever we get a house, we'll have to invite you over to help us with this! It looks AMAZING!

    PS – for painting without brush strokes, I use a small roller and lightly sand between coats. That might have been too much work for a project of this size, but it does the trick with furniture!

    • John_OHFScratch

      Thanks Kristen! If you and Joe move to South Jersey, we\’ll def help out!

      I gotta say, I poo-poo\’d using a roller for this type of painting in the past, but it worked great. I\’m sold.

  • This looks amazing! So impressed! I am excited for you guys that you are almost done. 🙂 Can't wait to see the pics with the room all put together!

    • John_OHFScratch

      Thanks Maureen!

  • casadechristine

    Wow!! It looks so great!! Well done John! I'm sure you're glad to almost be done with this project!

    • John_OHFScratch

      Thanks! Definitely!

  • Tiana

    Wow!!! This looks amazing. You did a great job.

    • John_OHFScratch

      Thanks Tiana!

  • Soooooooo pretty!!! It was worth all the hard work because it looks perfect!

    • John_OHFScratch

      Thanks Whitney!

  • It is beautiful! You have really done a fantastic job!

    • John_OHFScratch

      Thank you Amy!

  • wow! That looks really good! You guys are amazing! A+ for craftsmanship! 🙂


    • John_OHFScratch

      Thanks Lisha! That\’s very nice of you.

  • Your room looks beautiful! It's amazing how much work it takes to create this look. But, it's good to know that it's possible. What paint color did you use on the wall?

    • John_OHFScratch

      Thanks Lisa! The walls are Accessible Beige by Sherwin Williams. The wainscoting is Shell White also carried by SW.

  • It looks amazing! You did an excellent job John!

    • John_OHFScratch

      Thanks Ashley!



    • John @ OHFS

      Linda, the walls are accessible beige and the trim and wainscoting is shell white. Both colors are from Sherwin Williams.