Posted a few pics of this dining room remake in other forums here on LJs, decided on a separate blog series to give others an idea or two on what’s possible. There are three other rooms in the house done up with wainscoting, but none of those are this specific style; for those I used T&G beadboard (labor intensive, lots of wood used) on one and 4’ panel’d sheets of beadboard on the other two. Went surfing on the TOH website and found a number of styles compared side-by-side, and like the flat panel look the best.
The room, three pictures from left to right, stripped of flowered wallpaper and ready for improvement.
And here’s my ‘inspiration picture’ for the wainscoting we’re after.
First challenge was to set the panel size. There are examples out there that use larger ‘reveals’ to fill walls, but I was after a look that had the rails, styles and flat panels looking identical around the room. Four wall segments, two of them on the wall that included a non-centered window. And the panels would top out at the same height at the half wall that separates the dining room from the parlor. Excel to the rescue, telling me with just a little variation in the stile width, I can get the look I want.
But before we get into the cutting of MDF (and the dust, agck!) it’s time for a disclosure. There are no pics of the treatment done under the window sill of the room. I watched an on-line video of Norm doing wainscoting where he built out the area under the window sill for a great look. I did that in my room, but took no pictures of the 1×4 framing build or install. But you’ll see the result in the pics that follow. So if you like it, seek out Norm Abram’s video. If not, no harm, no foul. Okay, back to the action.
Prep of the room, besides clearing the Hoosier cabinet and table from the space, included cutting and pulling drywall from the window wall. Why? The house was a complete renovation over six + months when we bought it over 20 years ago. We drywalled the interior spaces as walls were moved, chimneys removed and plaster was too far gone to rehab. Without going into too much detail, the face trim of our windows does not sit proud of the finished walls. To add 1/2” of paneling to that situation didn’t appeal to me at all, so on the window wall I removed drywall at a level line marked around the entire room for reference.
Pulled the carpeting (new wood floor coming) and the room was ready for working.
We’ll cut material and show the installation methods I used in upcoming blogs. As always, thanks for looking.
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