Friday, November 11, 2011

Dining Room wainscot gets a new color

A couple of years back I was on a red kick. As in gotta have pops of red everywhere.

During that phase I thought it would be cool to paint the bottom half of my dining room red.

It was ok for a while, but lately my eyes just want to jump out of their sockets when I look at it.

Time for a change. Now don’t get me wrong, I still like red, just not in such large doses.

But what color should I paint it? 

Last January I painted the bead board in the adjoining kitchen a glossy golden green.

I really liked the look, and the best part is that the paint was an oops shade from Lowes and just cost me $5.

I had plenty left so decided to cover the red bead board in the same color.

Only problem, I hate painting bead board!  It’s so difficult to get the paint into all the little crevices.

When I did the kitchen it took me most of a day to finish, and honestly, to this day I can see some cracks that I missed.

Luckily now I have the Command Max sprayer from HomeRight to make the job easier.

I immediately added this project to the long list of things I wanted to paint with it.

Yeah, I was a little nervous about painting in the house with a sprayer, but figured it was worth a try.

First things first, I had to tape off all the trim and mask the immediate area. 

I purchased a roll of masking paper for this that was 9 inches wide.

It made the masking a lot easier and cost less than $3.


It took a lot, as I had to use it on the top edge and the bottom.

I covered the entire opening to the living room in plastic. 

Not because I was scared of overspray, but to keep the dogs from coming in while I was trying to paint. 

One of my readers made me promise not to paint the dogs when I got the sprayer. ;)



The taping off took me nearly an hour to complete.  I was tempted to cut some corners here, but thought better of it.

Once I got going with the sprayer it took an hour to get the first coat on.  I went very slow and made sure that each and every crack was painted.

I had decided to forego the primer, even though I was covering a dark color. Why? Pure laziness.  I didn’t want to clean the sprayer twice.

(I know, I’m bad.)

The second coat took a half hour, and the third even less. 

There was no waiting between coats because the coats were light and dried quickly. I only had to refill the paint in the spray cup once.

I was done and pulling off the masking paper after just 2 hours!

I love the new color. 

Not crazy about the upper wall color with it, but that's on the list to paint later, along with the ceiling, the corner cupboards, etc. (the to-do list gets longer by the minute)


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For now I’m happy with how much bigger and brighter the space feels.

Good-bye Red, it was fun while it lasted.

Even the guys on the backs of my dining room chairs are happy with the new color!

They’re positively beaming!



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  1. Rose, that color is wonderful and the sprayer worked out. We did very, very old bead board (our old house was built around 1850) and it has extra crevices and it took us literally months to complete on the weekends. Plus spiders kept coming out of it...ick. hugs♥O

  2. Rose, that looks so fresh and open now. I love the new look. It is hard to tell in the pics but the colours seem close.

    Did you find there was overspray, using it in the house?

    Any other tips before I go out and buy one. This is going to be it... you talked me into it. I have a room full of raised panelling that I am dreading the thought of doing. This is the answer I am sure.

    Have a great day Rose... and a great weekend.

    Hugs, Deb

  3. Drat, I should have taken pictures of the masking paper before I tore it down, there was hardly any paint on the paper, maybe a couple inches if that. I didn't cover my table and there was no dust on it when I was done. Even the floors were dust free. Hope that answers your question Deb. Did I mention no paintbrushes to clean? (lol)

  4. I really like the new color. It is making me smile also! hugs, Linda

  5. Ohh Rose!!! I love the new look of your beadboard. I am so happy you have a new toy to play with and that you're enjoying it as much as I do. I love your chairs and your dining room table. Beautiful! I hope it doesn't fall victim to your new sprayer. hehehehe

  6. What a difference. I was wondering if you covered the floor but I guess not! Not much over spray is great!

  7. Oh, I love it! It does look like a bigger room now.

    I really want one of those sprayers!

  8. oh me oh my! That is unreal how it went so fast! I think the taping off too you longer! I love it. What a great way to change out your look! Looks great Rose.

  9. Oh and thanks for the vote Rose! I am movin on up the list :)

  10. Oh I love the look of beadboard and that paint color is luscious. Love it with the white trim and woodtones in the room. That table and chair set is to die for!! Beautiful room. Warm Hugs,

  11. I hate taping off but the sprayer sounds like fun! I with you regarding the red. It's my favorite color and when we first bought our house, most of the walls were red (beadboard was white, thank goodness). I quickly realized I couldn't add little red things around the house because the walls were just too much. We've painted over all of the red walls except in the dining room and everything looks so much bigger and brighter.

  12. Looks fabulous - what a great job! I just stumbled across your blog & have just spent the last half an hour enjoying myself reading through some old posts. I have just signed up as your latest follower & I look forward to popping back for some more creative inspiration!

  13. Hi, I'm new here. I had to visit because your blog name made me smile, well laugh actually. I love it! Very cute and clever!
    And now that I'm here I wanted to tell you that!
    And I like the color you chose here!


  14. Oh - it's gorgeous!!! I love it! Your room DOES look so much larger!

    ;-D robelyn

  15. You are my idol...
    I show your projects on your blog to my husband, so he doesnt think I'm crazy.
    Thanks so much for sharing everything with us.
    -Carolyn (not up to speed yet)


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