The 5 Times We’ve Done Wainscoting

January 19, 2022

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The very first thing on our 2022 Project List is “install wallpaper and more in the music room.” We’re installing a 360º mural in here (this week!), and in the meantime we’ve been hard at work building in wainscoting and chair rail on the lower part of the walls. I was actually toying with the idea of staining the wainscoting, but I realized that a lot of the furniture that I want in there are warmer leather tones (a mood board is forth coming). I worried there would be too much brown on brown tones, so I’ve shifted to painting the wainscoting and it’s all starting to click! More on paint colors in a future post, but this post is about the other part of the room. The wainscoting! Here’s a progress shot of the wainscoting install. Eeeek!

We’ll definitely share a tutorial of how we did the wainscoting in this room, because it’s different than we have done in the past, but I wanted to share all the times we’ve used wainscoting! Installing a wall treatment like wainscoting is a great way to give a home more character and charm.

Faye’s Room

Wallpaper | Bed | Lamp | Sheets | Mirror

In Faye’s room in our Modern Cottage home, we had really tall ceilings, and I wanted to break up that height by adding a wainscoting treatment on the lower part of the walls. It really helped to ground the cute wallpaper that we painted in a complementary tone. Check this tutorial to see exactly how we did it, but I love the decorative rail moulding we used to make the boxes.

Girl’s Office

Rug | Sofa | Floor Lamp | Wallpaper | Pinboard

In the girl’s office we didn’t actually add the wainscoting because it was already there! We did update it with some paint, and I love how it looks with the wallpaper–very validating that I made the right choice in deciding to paint the music room wainscoting.

Polly’s Nursery

Rug | Crib | Glider

Polly’s nursery was actually the first time we added the box-trim, wainscoting treatment to a room and it’s still stunning to me. I love what we did with the details around the window. Here’s a post with all the steps of how we did it.

Home Office


This was our home office back in the day (two houses ago) and we did a wainscoting treatment floor to ceiling, on all the walls! It was a lot of carpentry work, and honestly took forever, but I still love the look of it. Psst. We painted this room Pigeon like our living room is now!

Utah Living Room

This is a throwback a lot of you might not recognize… Before we lived in Idaho, we lived in Utah for just a couple years and this was our living room! This is more of a board and batten style, and clearly my love for moody interiors had an early start. I still get a mix of emotions when I see older photos from the blog, but mostly I’m just in awe of where I started and how far we’ve come!

We’re obviously working hard in the music room, but get ready to see more wainscoting because after this we’re taking it into the dining room!

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  1. Kari says:

    I feel like this is a silly question, but I can’t wrap my head around it! When you’re painting semi gloss trim and flat walls the same color, different sheens, what is the best order of operations and will semi gloss flash through under flat if you do it first?

  2. Katie says:

    Every time you post Faye’s room I swoon!!

  3. Rebekah says:

    Love seeing these posts with throwback photos and projects and remembering how much of design is a process. I cringe looking at pictures from our early homes…but it was all part of the learning process. Yours started beautiful and grew to be even more sophisticated.

    Beautiful molding in each of these rooms! Can’t wait to see it in the new house!

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