I have to enforce deadlines on myself, or projects tend to get put off. So even though I’m not hosting Thanksgiving this year, I gave myself until the holiday to get the dining room in better shape. Wainscoting, or Picture Framing, to be more accurate, was on my list. I like it because I think it adds a custom look.
First you need to measure, re-measure, and then measure again. You can buy the frames already made but they didn’t have the sizes I needed. Now don’t tell Bob Vila this, but I didn’t put the frames together after I cut the trim. I tried to, but the nailer kept splitting the wood. Maybe my trim was too thin.
First I used a block of wood the width I wanted between the chair rail and the top of the frame, to mark a line. Then I taped the top piece in place, so it wouldn’t slip when I nailed it in.
After nailing the top piece, I taped up the last three pieces, making sure they fit snug together. And nailed away.
One wall done.
Once they were all up, I went back with some spackling and filled in nail holes, and the corners if they needed it.
A couple of coats of paint and finished! It was a pretty easy job, once I was done with all the measuring.
Next I’m going to put a gallery wall together in this room. That’ll be a lot more fun.