Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Wainscotting Finished!

Well, it's been quite a job, but I finally got the entire wainscoting in the family room painted and I'm very excited! But let me just stop a moment to say this: I officially hate latex paint! Okay, I'm exaggerating, I don't really hate it at all, but I've had LOTS of problems with it peeling and stretching lately. Part of it is my own fault, I admit, but the other part is all the paint...I promise! Anyways, the point here is that I think I shall try and avoid using latex paint for any more big jobs I do.

Alright, back to my excitement. Despite the problems with the latex paint, I'm really satisfied with the outcome.

Here is a before shot. You only get a little peek, because I'm saving the real "before" shots for the big reveal when the room is finished.

Here are some after shots:

You'll notice my table and decorations from the previous post have now been moved to their proper home.

And more, because I'm out of control with my camera...

I'm very, very pleased with the direction this room is headed, and I can't wait to get to work on my next project for it. And speaking of my next project...

I'm planning on painting all of the bookcase seen above white, except for the back paneling, because I want a bit of contrast. Unfortunately I'm a little unsure of what color to paint the paneling. I don't really want to paint it a color (although I'm not eliminating it completely) and I'm not sure grey would work considering there are other walls in the room that are tan. If any of you have any suggestions, I'd really appreciate hearing them!

Thanks so much for reading!

Make it Yours @ My Backyard Eden



  1. You have done an amazing job. That was a big project!

  2. Robby, this looks fabulous! I'm a new follower. La

  3. robby,
    followed you over from the shabby chic cottage and i must say i am A.MAZED at your work! you are an inspiration and your parents must be so proud of you.
    now i need to go and look around at the rest of your posts...welcome to blogland!
    judi ;)

  4. Great job on the update! I like your idea of painting the built-in bookcase. Have you thought about painting the back panel white & letting the books & accessories be the contrast you're looking for? Just a thought... Looking forward to seeing the finished project!

  5. Thanks for stopping by and commenting on my tween bedroom makeover. And I have to say, it's so nice to see a guy around here! The wainscotting looks great and I really LOVE your color scheme in that room.

    The Speckled Dog

  6. Good job! Very nice pictures, too...


  7. That looks great! Nothing like crisp, fresh white paint.

  8. Wow, Robby! That looks wonderful -- you did a great job updating that wainscoting. It looks fantastic, now! :)

  9. Love the wainscotting and your photos are fab. How about painting the back paneling the same color as your walls? Or a nice neutral like celadon green? I'm so into celadon right now.

  10. You could do a simple pattern and line it with gift wrap?

    Great job so far!

  11. Great job Robby! I just can't get over your motivation and talent. Just 17? Amazing!
    I like Karen Kay's suggestion of painting the paneling in the bookcase to match the wall color too. Looking great so far!

  12. What a beautiful job. I just love crisp white. You could paint the inside of the bookcase your accent color in the room.

    I’m hosting a new link party “Cheap Thrills Thursday”. It’s for creative ideas that cost under $20. If you have a project you’d like to share, I’d love for you to stop by and join in Thursday!


  13. Visiting from The Shabby Nest and liking what I'm seeing so far. Nice job! Okay, so if it was my project, I would paint the entire bookshelf and frame surround white and then distress the frame and edges of the shelf a bit to add dimension. Good luck!

  14. It really does make such a difference, thanks for sharing!

  15. What about a shade or two darker than the current wall color? Or staining it a rich brown?

  16. I'm jealous. I want wainscotting. So glad to have found your blog!

    Definitely go for the contrast on the inside of the shelf. Why not try some color that is also in the room, say on a pillow or lamp or a book cover?

    You are uber-talented!!! I'm looking forward to seeing what else you do!

    Great stuff!

  17. This is fantastic! We're your newest followers :)

    Hooray for more young bloggers!


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