Diningroom Wainscoting Reveal

The wainscoting is finally finished and I’m loving it! I thought I’d show you the progression of the dining room so far since it’s one of the rooms that we’ve done a lot to.
Here’s where it started:

Dining Room Before

This was right after we bought the house.  We didn’t move in for two weeks because we painted and had the floors stained and refinished.

Dining Room Progress 1

The paint color is Benjamin Moore Santorini Blue.  The floors were stained a dark walnut.  We were debating on going dark with the floors and I’m so glad we decided to do it because I love how they came out.


In December, our friend, who is a carpenter, and his wife did the wood work for the wainscoting for us.

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After this was complete, I started filling in all the nail holes using wood putty that I got at Ace Hardware.  You just spread some over the nail hole using your finger and then use a metal scraper to get the excess off.

wainscoting collage

The sunroom is not original to the house, so this door going from the dining room to the sunroom was still there.  I wanted it gone and hubby was able to make that happen.



After all the nail holes were filled in, I taped all the edges using ScotchBlue Painters Tape.  Next, it was time to caulk.


When cutting the tip of the caulk, cut at a 45 degree angle.  The caulk comes out much neater this way.  I caulked along all the edges, being sure to wipe off any excess as I went along.


There was already an existing chair rail in the room and what we found after taking it down was that it was not level all around the room.  In fact, it was far from level in some areas.  That left parts of the wall exposed that had old wallpaper that had never been taken off and some damaged sheet rock.  Nothing a little spackle can’t fix.  After the spackle was dry, I sanded all the areas that were spackled and where the nail holes were filled to ensure a smooth surface for painting.

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I needed two coats of Benjamin Moore Paint and Primer in One to cover the blue paint.





I’m not gonna lie…the prep work and painting took a long time…mostly because I would get bored and stop after and hour or so.  My attention span for this sort of stuff is…Oh look, a squirrel!  This is why I always have more than one project going on at a time.  It was all worth it though…I love how it looks! This room is coming along.  We’ve painted, refinished the floors, changed the lighting, added wainscoting, removed the door, hung shelves, and I refinished the buffet. We’re still waiting for our table that we’re having made out of old barn wood.  We went to see the progress this weekend and it look amazing.  Now I’m on the hunt for chairs.  I want something similar to this.  I also have some ideas for art for the empty wall but need to wait until the spring to do it.



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