And finally after wood filling, caulking, sanding, priming and painting...
the wainscoat is complete.
This little powder room is beginning to shape up. After looking at a million inspiration photos I decided that I didn't want to go with the traditional white wainscoat. I was initially concerned going too dark would make this room feel small. But it doesn't! I'm so glad I did it because I love the contrast between the black and greige. Wainscoat paint color is Benjamin Moore Onyx 2133-10. Wall color is Benjamin Moore Edgecomb Gray HC-173.
Let's take another quick look at the before photo alongside my progress.
Let's take a tour of the rest of this incredible home. Shall we? Founder of One Kings Lane Ali Pincus has placed this home on the market for $8.9 million. (If you're not familiar with the private-sale home market resource One Kings Lane you can check it out and get an invitation here.)
This house incorporates so many of my favorite elements! Love the subway tile in the kitchen. The pop of yellow makes the space so bright and cheerful. Look at those ceilings!
How about these green lacquered walls. Aren't they stunning?
If you've read my blog for any time now you know that I love the look of black moldings and trim. Love the black crown molding and the large scale art in the dining room!
Look at those stripes. I think they make this kids space.
The master bedroom is so serene and I could easily find myself soaking in that master bath tub.
Check out the detail of this stairway landing. Moldings, trim, skylight, and an incredible view.
After considering my own powder room (the space is 4' x 5') and studying the inspiration photo I felt that using thick boards on each wall would not work to achieve the look I wanted. I was really concerned about the boards overhanging the existing baseboard and I definitely did not want to start ripping out the baseboard. In a larger space this may not be as much of a concern. I've seen cases where DIYers angle the boards at the base, but here I felt it would look extremely awkward. So I measured the thickness of the baseboard and headed to my construction consultant (aka Papa Joe) for some ideas.
My resolution? To use 1/4" pieces of wood that could be cut into strips of the desired width. This would provide the wainscoat detail I wanted without sticking too far into the space or overhanging the baseboard. Now let me just say that Papa Joe is a perfectionist and kind of set in his ways. He was not keen on my idea of using a thinner board. So, I flat out told him gently suggested to him that this was the way to go. You see I'm a firm believer that things don't always have to be done by the book. You with me?
Here is how the wood looks up against the baseboard.
See how it fits nicely and is the same thickness? Once painted all of the same color it should flow seemlessly like one piece of molding. Kind of like the inspiration picture.
With that problem solved I got to work. Here are the basic steps I used...
I placed the top and bottom horizontal boards first. The top board is 4" wide and placed at 42" high. This height was mainly determined by the height of the sink. I wanted the top board to clear the top of the sink. You can see what I mean in the picture below. The bottom board is set along the baseboard and is 3" wide.
Next came the vertical boards. Each measured 3" wide. They were individually cut to fit vertically in between the two horizontal boards. I installed one at each corner of every wall first. I divided the remaining wall space to create equal sized boxes and installed the middle boards. I always checked to make sure that they were evenly spaced and plum before securing.
Finally a 1" trim piece of molding is added to finish the top.
You can catch a view through the mirror of the opposite wall from the sink.
After wood filling all of the nail holes, caulking edges, and a little sanding I'm ready for primer.
If all goes well after a few cups of coffee this evening I should be able to post the after photos tomorrow.