Tuesday, October 7, 2014
WainscotingRemember my work in the Loft? Those four columns I built to house surround speakers left a lot of extra trim material in my garage. I am not one to throw much away, so for each of the 2 3/4" x 1/2" x 8' pine trim boards I used to build the columns, I had left over maybe 25 boards that were about 1/8" thick.
When I was building the columns, I couldn't find lumber that was the right thickness for the trim. So what I decided to do was run them all through my table saw, standing vertically, to cut the thickness down from a 1/2" board, to about 3/8". The problem with this was that running boards through a table saw on end like this makes it difficult to get dimensional lumber. In fact one side of the board might be 1/64" or 1/32" thicker on a side than the other. I made it work for the columns, but I wasn't exactly happy with how things lined up--sometimes.
For the Morning Room, I felt that a craftsman style wainscoting would look pretty nice. But I wanted it to be higher than usual, chest-height, or apprx. bar-height. That leftover wood would do nicely, I thought, except as I started to cut pieces and put them into place on the wall, that 1/32" off really made the wainscoting looked awful! Chatting about this with a friend of mine, he mentioned he had a planer, and that I could borrow it.
Damn! A planer? I've got to get me one of those!!!
The next day I began cutting them and putting them in place, using a little caulking and a pin nailer along the way.
After getting them all in place, I used about a full tube of caulk to fill in the edges, and then began painting all of it with Ultra-White, Semi-Gloss paint.
The photos below aren't the best, I apologize, but hopefully you will be able to see the contours of the wainscoting. Also, once we got the wainscoting painted, we decide to paint the walls above a light gray color. This color was "Warm Chinchilla" which we got at Lowe's. My SOE picked that color, but honestly it really goes well! I think it connects with the gray/black/white speckle of the granite we opted for (even though we don't like the granite any more).