Posts by jlrdouglas

Wainscoting Mystery

Posted by on Dec 8, 2011 in Parlors/Dining, Renovations | 5 comments

After much discussion we are seriously considering taking out the after-market oak wainscoting in the dining room:

Dining Room with lots of extra added wainscotting










It’s taken the brunt of years without a/c and bows out in places. It also has a very suspicious ability when pushed back in to go further than where a wall woud be – almost as if it is hollow behind the wall to the kitchen:

Seems a little too flexible












This is a big risk though. No one knows what’s behind this wainscotting and it could be a world of hurt as Dave frequently reminds me. And once we rip it off, we can’t really put it back up. But if we’re going to take the hit and deal with it many factors point to doing it now:

    • The wainscotting is damaged and isn’t going to get any better
    • It’s too tall, well over code and makes the room feel small and makes me have to look at wood at eye level

You can see the extra panel row they added on top of normal wainscoting height rail

Normal height wainscoting

    • It doesn’t match the wood of the rest of the house
    • We would like to move the sconces further out and we need to get into the wall somehow
    • We need to enlarge the light switch but whoever did the last one cut into a stud already so we can’t cut further and need to move the switch over to do it right:

    • Most importantly: painters are about to paint/wallpaper in this room and if it’s going might as well take it out so they can fix the plaster and/or wallpaper the full height of the room

The question is: do we have the balls to just rip the bandaid off now and see what’s back there? If there’s nothing behind there and we half-ass it and just drywall there’d be a seam – and then do you seam tape and wallpaper over it? Would it look like a big line around the dining room? Or do we plaster it from the floor?

Ed: I think we are decided and we are with the commenters – yes, it should go.  Hopefully this afternoon we will be in there with crowbars and I’ll take some pictures and post here what we find.  How exciting!  Our first wall!  I thought about posting a poll: Do you think we will find:

– Leprechaun with pot of gold

– Body of Jimmy Hoffa

– And expensive hole in the wall

– Mouse poop

– A doorway to another dimension.


I’m hoping for option 5.

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Yellow Room – Before

Posted by on Dec 7, 2011 in Before Pictures, Upstairs Bedrooms | Comments Off on Yellow Room – Before

Yellow Room "Before"

Yellow room ceiling "Before"

This is obviously the best ceiling in the house at this point. Current plan is for this middle bedroom to be the media room – the room that has our old couch, our big ol’ tv which has no place in the formal victorian parlors downstairs and where we veg out. But it also could be an office. And it has cherub tiles around the mantle and it’s across the hall from the master bedroom so I assume it was originally meant as a nursery

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Blue Office – Before

Posted by on Dec 7, 2011 in Before Pictures, Upstairs Bedrooms | Comments Off on Blue Office – Before

Blue Office Mantle "Before"

Blue Office 2 "Before"

The front office was called by Dave as it seemed much more masculine with lovely blue tiles on the mantle and lots of room for a big executive desk with fancy bookshelf and a madmen bar in the corner. Or as he explained it “I’m bigger than you. I need the bigger office”. The only trouble is the two offices are right next to each other and we both work from home – we don’t really need to listen to each other all day too. We still haven’t decided what to do.
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Jess Office – Before

Posted by on Dec 7, 2011 in Before Pictures, Upstairs Bedrooms | 1 comment

Jess Office "Before"

View from Jess Office

The small office up front of the house is the lightest room in the house and has a lovely view out the full height windows onto the balcony (still missing a railing since Katrina). Jess called this office and now even though it’s right next to the office Dave called… I’m still pretty attached to it. Carpet needs to go and this is the only room in the house that I actually want to paint the woodwork in.

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Upstairs Bathroom – Before

Posted by on Dec 7, 2011 in Before Pictures, Foyer/Halls | Comments Off on Upstairs Bathroom – Before

Hall Bath "Before

Half bath fixtures "Before"

This is the only room that doesn’t need any paint for some reason. It’s also the only room that is decorated with a gothic themed mirror and crazy hands coming out of the wall holding sconces. Most recently we have been entertaining the possibility of installing a fireman’s pole from the rather large closet down into the bar below. Not really but it would be so cool.

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