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5 Responses to Trae’s Tall Craftsman Style Wainscoting

  1. Chris June 21, 2012 at 12:42 PM #

    Wow, this is beautiful!!

  2. Chris August 16, 2012 at 11:08 AM #

    This looks great. I’m doing something similar in my house. I’ve always painted my moldings with a white semigloss paint. What type of paint would you recommend using in this scenario for both the walls and molding? I don’t think using a semigloss would look good on the walls.



  3. Ken August 16, 2012 at 11:53 AM #

    Hi Chris,

    Most of the white-painted moldings on our blog were painted with Benjamin Moore’s White Dove, OC-17, in a satin finish.

    I like White Dove because it’s not a harsh, bright white (bright whites are great for hospitals and commercial spaces, but not so much for home), but isn’t dull and grayish either. It’s a safe, no-brainer.

    Most of my walls are painted in Benjamin Moor’s, Regal, product. But really, when it comes to latex wall paints there’s a lot of great companies to choose from, most of them competitive, so go with what you’re happiest with.

    But the finish of wall paints is where I part company with so many people. Flat. I like flat paint on my walls. Almost without exception — save near work spaces in the kitchen.

    Flat wall paint against satin or semi-gloss moldings is the most luxurious and sensual combination of textures at home you can create. A shiny sheen on walls make me feel I’m in an industrial or commercial space. No, at home I want the felt-like softness of flat paint.

    Some paint companies make very washable flat paints. For me this is not even a factor for two reasons:

    1. Walls get marred. It’s the sign of a lived-in home.

    2. When the walls get so marred I just throw another coat of paint on them and forget about it.

    Probably more detail than you needed, but there you have it Chris.

    Good luck. Let us know how your room turns out!

  4. Frank October 15, 2012 at 1:35 PM #

    Ken (or Trae),
    (1) Do you have any additional pictures of this project? Some more close-up views? Of the wainscotting and the upper wall and ceiling.
    (2) For the flat panel behind the wainscotting would you use 1/4″ sheetrock or MDF? Advantages/disadvantages of either.

    Beautiful work by the way!

    Thanks, Frank

  5. Ken October 15, 2012 at 6:04 PM #

    Hey Frank, I never thought of using 1/4″ sheet rock as the inner most panel. I think it’s a great idea. It would be less expensive and easier to cut than mdf.

    There are two reasons for installing either the mdf or sheet rock: One, if your walls are textured, and two, because this treatment really looks better with the additional relief — it looks more substantial.

    Trey did not send any additional pictures, but if he’s still lurking around The Joy of Moldings maybe he’ll read this and send us a few more.

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