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Thursday, November 13, 2014

More Wainscoting

After running chair rail throughout, and painting, the main hallway into our home (Foyer?) felt like it needed something extra.  To be honest, I was really struggling with paint colors, and painting beneath the chair rail these solid colors--red for the Sitting Room, green for the Dining Room, dark gray for the Family Room--I started to see too much of the same effect.  I dunno, it just wast right.

Also, I didn't really have a color planned for the hallway.  We looked at the red and the green in the adjacent rooms, and thought that maybe these were Fall colors and so came up with a plan to paint the hallway a dark chocolate beneath the chair rail that ran through this space.  Well what about above the chair rail?  For that, we tried a khaki color.  It wasn't until I started painting the same khaki color into the Sitting Room, that I came to my senses.  Actually I didn't come to my senses, at first.  Rather, I had a total meltdown!  Ya, I was definitely upset.  The colors sucked, though I admit, on their own would have looked good, but the correlation, the continuity with the rest of the house was a total loss.

When expressed this at the dinner table, we came up with a better plan.  Why don't we capture the grays that we have elsewhere, and for the bottom half of the hallway, let's do wainscoting?

I started to like the sound of that, and quickly started to feel better.

Though it has been a lot of work, here are some pictures of my progress (not totally finished at the time of this writing).

This is our Dining Room.  We all love the green color!  The wall above the chair rail has not been painted here at the time of this photo.

Here you can see the Sitting Room.  The red is called Cabin Red, and we were most worried about how it would turn out, but when it dried we fell in love with it too.

Here is me taping.  Shortly after painting this, and painting the top half khaki, I lose it :)

This is after my meltdown, where I am starting to install the wainscoting to cover up my mistake.  I've already painted over the khaki above.  We used a medium gray color called Gravity.

The laser level is essential!  Here i am creating support for 3/4" cove, as well as pine boards I planed down to a desired thickness.  

Corner miter.

Here you can see the top rail.  I tore down the chair rail in the hallway, since it wasn't going to work with the wainscoting.  I still wanted to use brick molding, and with my expert second opinion provider (wifey), decided to use a full piece and not reduce thickness.  It looks chunky and very solid against the raised base boards.

This is the first vertical slat to the wainscoting.  Again, super chunky!

Here you can see all of the slats installed.

Goodbye chocolate, hello ultra white!
Here is a good shot of the whole hallway with the gray color above.  There is a lot of finishing detail I need to do still, mostly touch-up work.

I love this shot.  The base boards are still not cut for the boots, but the layered trim work looks like Gotham-style skyscrapers!

The other direction, from the front door.  It is hard to tell, but I painted above the chair rail in the Dining Room and Sitting Room the same light gray (Warm Chinchilla) that we originally used in the Morning Room.

So still a lot of work to do.  The shoe trim to the baseboards is not installed yet, and neither are baseboards around the boots on each entrance.  Then there is a lot of paint touch up.

Finally, if you notice the ceilings, I took no precaution to tape them off.  This is because I have crown molding going up.  In fact, I can't wait to start that project!  My plans for the ceiling are going to make the space spectacular.

Thanks for following!


  1. i so need someone to teach me how to do all of this. our Rome is pretty bare and trimless (still) after two years.

    1. I didn't know much either, really, but after time I started to get a little more confident. Sure beats paying someone to do it ;)

  2. Good job! I really enjoy reading your posts. I live around the corner and have been tempted to stop by..thanks.

    1. Thanks Joe! Stop by anytime, weekends are good, we are usually trying to party with the neighbors. :D


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