Wainscoting Progress

Wainscoting Progress

Joe and I have been thinking about adding wainscoting and repainting our entire living room, dining room, and family room for quite a while – but you know… life tends to get in the way of those sorts of projects!  Now that a lot of things in our life have calmed down, and Joe has a little more time at home, we decided to take the plunge (eeee!).   Our all blue paint job has treated us well for the past 5 years, but we are definitely ready for a refresh!

We spent the better part of 2 days moving furniture, covering furniture, taping, spackling  and sanding (the not so glamorous side of painting).

Mary sanding

Joe sanding

Dining Room

Living Room

Family Room

Lot’s of work, but well worth it.

We had a friend of a friend (who specializes in wood working) come over and cut and nail the wainscoting trim on our walls when we were done with the prep work.

Dining Room with wainscoting

Living room with wainscoting

We had a day in between the wainscoting and painting (cue awkward comments from our visitors about how they “love the colors we picked….”)  YIKES! Don’t worry, we are not leaving our house a striped disaster.  I think they all breathed a sigh of relief when we told them that.  Ha!

Our neighbor is a professional painter, so he brought over his big spray gun and sprayed all the wainscoting white.  He used a semi-gloss, Benajmin Moore paint and I AM IN LOVE!  It’s not even done yet, and I’m obsessed.  It makes our house so much lighter and brighter.  Because he sprayed the paint on instead of applied it with a brush, it is nice and smooth and so even.

Wainscoting closeup

Wainscoting dining room

Wainscoting family room

Wainscoting by fireplace

Joe and I are tackling painting the top part of the walls (and ceilings) by ourselves.

My goal is LIGHT and BRIGHT.  I love consistency through the house, so we decided to paint the top the same color in all 3 rooms.  The color we picked is Sherwin-Williams Light French Gray.


I CANNOT wait until we are done and I can post the finished rooms!

Update:  See the finished rooms here!

4 thoughts on “Wainscoting Progress

    • The Cofran Home says:

      Thanks, Nikki! I’ll be posting the finished rooms this week – we’re so happy with how they turned out!

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