Wainscoting and crown moulding

Dining room renovations

For some time, Jackie has asked me to renovate our dining room to include crown moulding and wainscoting. After finally agreeing to a long-requested new flooring (that is a sore point itself), Jackie got her wish and selected some wonderful wood flooring. With new flooring coming, Jeff had to get after designing and creating the new dining room.

I began by looking at Houzz to see all of the wonderful photos of homes, both inside and outside, they post. I found a particular type of wainscoting that I liked where it had two panels stacked together. I am not sure that I did the same wonderful quality that was shown in the Houzz photo, but I did my best.

I did a three-component crown moulding where I had a base board on the wall and ceiling and put the traditional crown moulding on it. I had put up crown moulding before, but never a multiple component one. For the wainscoting, I used rough poplar for the most part and milled the wood myself. For the late stages of the work, I did get some milled poplar from Lowe’s to finish the work. I used the Kreg system of joinery to put together the stiles and rails for the wainscoting. That helped me be more consistent than in the past.

Thanks to Thomas for helping me with so much of the work and for Jennifer and Jackie for providing assistance at various times in the project. Thank goodness for Carlos Martinez, the painter, for plenty of caulk and putty and doing such a good job of painting the room.

Below are photos of the completed room. I am glad to be through!