Did you know I’ve had my little heart set on wainscoting in my living room for like ever ? Have I mentioned this before ? Perhaps I have.
So this past weekend was Mother’s Day. My husband asked the obligatory question, “Dear, love of my life, mother of my children and wife extraordinaire, what is it that you want for Mother’s Day?”
It took approximately 1.2 seconds for me to shout “Wainscoting!”
Wish you could have seen him wince.
I think he was hoping for “Spa Day” or “Chocolate” instead of “Wainscoting” since he had his heart set on a relaxing weekend watching the San Jose Sharks win the playoffs, woot woot ! No, my idea of relaxation is a home improvement project – call me crazy.
I started my Saturday morning with some coffee and research. I learned the following.
Wainscot (paneling on the lower part of a wall) comes in many different styles.
You’ve got your tongue and groove beadboard, board and batten, inverted panel, flat panel, and raised panel wainscoting. Researching the ‘how to’ is enough to make your head spin. This Old House has a great article describing all the different kinds of wainscoting.
I had my little heart set on picture frames sitting on top of smooth panels with a chair rail above, or really something that looks a whole lot like this photo to the left.
Plenty of websites want to sell you prefabricated kits. Some online articles recommend hiring a carpenter. For what I had in mind, I was pretty sure we could do it ourselves in a weekend with some simple supplies.
And so we did !
Sort of. We’re not finished, but we made great progress.
Here’s the step by step on our version of this picture frame wainscoting.