Saturday, March 17, 2012

It's Finally Finished! 

And we are so happy with the results.  It has added so much elegance to the room....and the new wall color is the crowning jewel.  WARNING, there are a lot of pictures!

I've put together a tutorial that I hope is somewhat easy to follow.  When building wainscot, we built the frames and installed it as one piece instead of adding each piece separately.  By doing it this way, the joints are much smoother and even.  

The first step was to measure all of the walls to determine how big each box would be.  We used 1x4 pre-primed wood for the frames. 

To join each piece, we used a pocket hole joiner to put the frame together.

After the frame is screwed together I got the palm sander and sanded the joints to make sure that everything was completely smooth.  

This is one frame that has been nailed to the wall after being built and sanded.  

Don't forget to use your leveler.

Picture of another wall with the framing up.

  As you can see, I had a problem with the original wall paint.  When we were ripping down the old chair rail the paint decided to peel off with it.  I was literally ripping the paint off in sheets.  Don't really know why this happened but I had to spackel and sand about 8" above where the original chair rail was.  This did not make me happy since I am not a fan of spackling.  

After the frame went up it was time for the new chair rail to be installed.  Unfortunately, I forgot to take a picture of this part. This is a two piece chair rail.  You can get a better idea of what it looks like in the next picture.  

After the chair rail went up, we installed the trim inside the boxes.  This adds some nice extra detail.  I've also started priming since I was starting to loose my patience at this point and wanted it to be done already.

After the inside trim was installed, the base moulding and quarter round or shoe moulding were installed.  

After is was all done being installed I got the caulk gun out and caulked away.  I painted it the same color to match all of the trim in our home, BM semi gloss white.  Tools we used for this project were miter saw, nail gun and compressor, leveler, pocket hole joiner and hand sander.  

So, what do you think?  Now all I need is for the furniture to come in and I can't wait for that!

Thanks for stopping by.


  1. Wow....beautifully done! Love the look and also love the shanty! Diane

  2. Oh great job! I love the extra touches too (I might have lost patience WAY before you did) but it was definitely worth it!

  3. Wowee!! Marianne that looks so gorgeous! I have some serious wainscot envy and think you guys just did an absolutely fantastic job! :-)

  4. That looks amazing Marianne! You did a great job with it!!

    Thanks for sharing at Simply Klassic Sunday!

  5. Wow! You guys did awesome. It looks beautiful!


  6. Marianne, there only one thing to say, gorgeous!!! You guys did an awesome job!
    And I know how much work it was but it was all worth it! Your dinning room is beautiful!

  7. What a great job you guys did! I love wainscoting and it never goes out of style. Timeless elegance!
    XO Cindy

  8. Wow, nice job, it looks fantastic! I found you at Cheri's blog hop. I am your newest follower, will you follow me back?

  9. Wonderful transformation! The added architectural detail takes the room to a whole new level!

  10. What a good job -- I've always admired that in a room but our rooms have too many windows, fireplace, openings to do that justice! But I admire from afar!

  11. so unique and special. It should be in a magazine!

  12. Marianne,
    Your dining room is absolutely gorgeous with the wainscoting. I am so impressed that you guys did it yourself. Someone is mighty handy with the saw!!!

  13. Awesome idea and I love your job! Very elegant.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Hope to see you on my blog:)

  14. beautiful!!! you must just love it!! enjoy!

  15. This is stunning. And so worth all that work. Following you because I want to see more!!!

  16. The room is so elegant and refined. You did a great job on the wainsoting. All of the elements in this room have come together so beautifully. I can't wait to see the furniture!!!! I'm so glad you shared your dining room at Show & Tell.

    Sharon @ mrs. hines class

  17. Marrianne, this is all soooo elegant and pretty. You always get the great job well done! :)

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  18. It looks absolutely fantastic!

  19. So very pleased to meet you and thanks so much for sharing, I will follow on my way out so I know the path back to your special place. I hope you will find the time to come visit me soon and do the same. I look forward to supporting and engaging together. Cheers SpecialK XoXo

  20. beautiful work!
    Can we follow each other?:X

  21. Stunning and fabulous home decorating. Thumbs up!