Our living room was completely gutted in order to fix major structural problems, faulty wiring and bad plumbing. While we had the room open right down to the studs, I took the time to rearrange the space and include some much needed architectural elements which included wainscot. The term wainscot refers to wood paneling covering a portion of a room’s walls. My inspiration came from several books on the Craftsman style made popular by Gustav Stickley. I drew up a plan using plywood, moldings and brackets to create the look I wanted.
My husband nailed quarter-inch birch plywood over the sheet rock held up just below the height of the one by eight baseboard. That “stretched” the four foot wide sheets of plywood into almost a five foot high wainscot. Then he added two and half inch by half inch ash slats vertically along with one by four on the flat that serves as a narrow shelf supported by pine brackets that Dad made. Cove moulding finishes the vertical to horizontal pieces. All this was hand painted for texture.
Note- The shelf is just the right width to display assorted nature objects…like small animal skulls, nests, rocks, etc.
(Photos- Martha B.)