Stairwell Wainscoting

Hubby and I have been wanting the look of Judge's Paneling on the wall in our stairwell leading to the second story.

To be honest, Hubby is capable of doing this DIY but chooses to just write the check, so-to-speak.

But, before I continue on with this story and the AFTER pictures, I need to bring you back and show you the BEFORE pictures, okay?

Our stairwell is just a regular stairwell with a left turn. It has carpet, white spindles and oak railing and partial oak treads on the spindle side. We would also like to change this but that's another DIY project.
Enter my young and cute, handy dandy handyman, Trent! After all this talk about him throughout my blog, wouldn't you like to see what he looks like? Well you are in luck. He allowed me to take his picture as he was working on the wainscoting.
He is one talented guy and tells me that he can do anything my little heart desires! Now ladies, wouldn't you want your young and cute, handy dandy handyman to say those words to you? I or hubby dream it up and then we call Trent and he comes over and makes our dreams come true. I think he has done something in almost every room in our home over the past five years and there is more he will be doing in the spring, but that will be outside on the house.

I appreciate Trent so much. He tolerates my endless questions as to why he is doing something this way when I think it ought to be done another, or I am just trying to learn what it is he is doing. And he lets me help...a lot. He trusted me to finish this project by doing the prepping, painting and clean-up. Trent is just awesome and if you are in my neck of the woods and need someone like him, I can make that happen for you.

Back to the wainscoting. Trent got it done with chair rail, MDF and glass bead trim and a lot of weird angle cuts. Did I tell you he is a wiz in math? This is where the DIY comes in, I filled the nail holes and sanded, Hubby caulked and I painted one coat of primer and two coats of semi gloss white latex. Now here it is all complete...
See that light switch? Trent had to move it up out of the way of the wainscoting!
You can also see the scalloped border I painted above the pictures. You can go HERE and read more about that.
A view of scallops on upper wall and wainscoting on lower wall.

A close-up of the scallops

I think it dresses the stairwell up and gives it more interest, don't you?

These parties I love to link up to or check out my Blog Parties tab
Party Time @ It's So Very Cheri
Metamorphosis Monday @ Between Naps On The Porch
Motivate Me Monday @ Keeping It Simple 

It's Party Time @ Northern Cottage
Show Off Your Cottage Monday @ The house in the roses
Masterpiece Monday @ Boogieboard Cottage 
Creative Blogger's Party @ Homemaker On A Dime
Making The World Cuter @ Making The World Cuter
Show Me What You Got @ Our Delightful Home
Knick of Time Tuesday @ Knick of Time
Turning the Daunting Into Doable Tuesday @ Project Queen
Twice Owned Tuesday @ House Of Grace
Nifty Thrifty Tuesday @ Coastal Charm

Time to Shine Tuesday @ A Diamond in the Stuff 
Tuesday Treasures @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia 
Trash 2 Treasure @ Sassy Sites
Northern Cottage Party Tuesday @ Northern Cottage
Be Inspired Party @ Elizabeth & Co.
Power Of Paint @ Domestically Speaking
Swing Into Spring Wednesday @ DIY by Design
White Wednesday @ Faded Charm

Overflowing with Creativity @ It's Overflowing
Rock N Share Wednesday @ The Shady Porch
Show and Share @ Lil Pink Pocket 
Link Up Wednesday @ Junk in their Trunk
Wow Us Wednesday @ Savvy Southern Style
Piece of Work Wednesday @  Primitive & Proper
Good Life Wednesday @ A Beach Cottage

Show & Share @ Southern Lovely
Open House Thursday @ No Minimalist Here
Strut Your Stuff Thursday @ Somewhat Simple
Transformation Thursday @ The Shabby Creek Cottage

From Trash To Treasure Thursday @ Alchemy Fine Living
100 Ideas Under $100 @ Beyond The Picket Fence

Blog Stalking Thursday @ The Crafty Blog Stalker
Cottage Flora Thursday @ Fishtail Cottage
Show And Tell Friday @ My Romantic Home
Furniture Feature Friday @ Miss Mustard Seed

Fridays Unfolded @ Stuff and Nonsense

Potpourri Friday @ 2805
Frugal Friday @ Shabby Nest

Feathered Nest Friday @ French Country Cottage
Vintage Inspiration Friday @ Common Ground
Inspiration Friday @ At The Picket Fence
Free For All Party @ Five Days, Five Ways
Home Sweet Home @ The Charm of Home
Any Link Goes Party @ Bacon Time With The Hungry Hungry Hypo 
Weekend WrapUp Party @ Tatertots and Jello 
Serenity Saturday @ Serenity You
Saturday Nite Special @ Funky Junk Interiors
Show and Tell Saturday @ Be Different, Act Normal 

Sunday Showcase Party @ By Stephanie Lynn 
Sundae Scoop Weekend Wrap Up Party @ I love Nap Time 
Sunday Blog Love @ Cherished Treasures
So Darn Crafty Party @ Sew Many Ways
Sunday's Best Wrap Up Party @ My 1929 Charmer 

Before and After Party @ Thrifty Decor Chick
Amaze Me Monday @ Dittle Dattle  


  1. That looks sooo nice. What a good husband. Adds so much character to the stairwell.

  2. He did a great job adding the trim and y'all did a good one finishing it. Looks great and love the scallops.

  3. Awesome job! I would love for you to link up at my Linky Party via: ourdelightfulhome.blogspot.com

    Mrs. Delightful

  4. I'm SO envious of your wainscoting. Trent is an artist, and I know what you mean about the math part. I've watched This Old House a LOT, and just marvel at how much math is involved in woodworking. (I'm NOT a math person.) You did a great job painting, and it all looks wonderful. I'm headed back to see how you did the scallops.

  5. Terry,
    WoW! THat looks great! I love your old pics as well - so pretty! Would love to have you stop by tomorrow once my linky is up and link up your projects at my Creative Inspirations party at Embracing Change!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  6. It's gorgeous, I've been wanting to do something like that to our stairs, but we need to finish other projects first. Love the way it dresses up your stairs.

  7. Wow, it looks amazing! Love the scalloped paint treatment too....very pretty! Your handyman is so cute :o)

    PS. I am now following you on Google...hope
    you will follow me back :o)

  8. Holy smokes, WOW!

    That looks absolutely AMAZING!

    I cannot even believe how much better your stairwell is now (it was nice before but this is just over the TOP!!)

    VERY well done!!!!!

  9. Beautiful! It's exactly what your cute stairwell needed! It really gave it that finished look :)

  10. You are one lucky lady Terry! Heck...I'd be willing to MOVE to be close to Trent. Your project looks fabulous and adds a lot of style to your stairs. I am green with envy at this project AND Trent.

  11. Wow!! That turned out amazing! I love it!
    I currently have a link party going and would love for you to share this and anything else you would like!


  12. oh ya, that just adds SOOOOO much - you are lucky to have a "handi-man" Thanks for the nice comment on my blog.....sometimes I wonder if anyone is out there!! ha!

  13. It is beautiful! We did something similar a couple of years ago, but I think I like yours much better! Very, very pretty!

  14. What an amazing job Trent did for you. Your stairway is beautiful. Woodwork adds so much charm to a home.
    Mary Alice

  15. Terry I LOVE IT!! Trent did an amazing job, it dressed your stairway right up!

  16. He did a terrific job! I would like to have a cute, dandy handyman too! Thank you for sharing at Potpourri Friday!

  17. That really DOES "dress up" your staircase! (And I came over to check out your footstools after your comment on my post....found 18 posts on that subject and really enjoyed taking a limited tour of your blog!)

  18. Oh wow, can I have Trent too? What a find! It makes such a big difference and impact. Pinning this for inspiration! I am a new follower from Five Days Five Ways. Vicky from Mess For Less

  19. Absolutely incredible!!! Now i don't have a math whiz like Trent and wonder if I can pull off the angles?? Our only difference is I don't have the bottom turn, not that I wouldn't mind it, so pretty!! Lori

  20. Oh my goodness! I love how the wainscoting turned out! (I'm heading off to check out some of your other posts :o)

    Blessings & Aloha!
    I'm stopping by from Susan's Metamorphosis Monday. I'd love if you get a chance to stop by and take a peek at our daughter's work in progress for their nursery :o)

  21. Wow, your project turned out beautifully...really transformed the space!

  22. GORGEOUS! Looks amazing!!!

    I would absolutely love if you linked this up to my new linky party going on now!!!


    xoxo, Mallory @ Classy Clutter

  23. Absolutely stunning! It makes such a tremendous difference. Enjoy the fruits of your labor! I'm a new follower via the tatertots and jello link party. ~ Megan :)

  24. Very pretty makeover! I loved the paint job too! Thanks so much for sharing! I shared this on my FB page today too!

  25. Stunning - you're so lucky to have such a handy husband!

  26. Looks incredible. Thanks for sharing at Bacon Time.

  27. Thanks for linking up...this is being featured today at {Junk in their Trunk}

  28. Beautiful! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!

  29. You are featured today at Potpourri Friday!

  30. That stairwell is beautiful. Job well done and yes your handi man is very cute. What more could a girl ask for. I will post soon my adorable potting shed my handi man built for me.

  31. Stunning! Great work on the staircase. Great job too. :)

    Philippine properties

  32. the staircase looks great, what a wonderful job, would you be so kind to tell me what the paint colors are. There are sooo many beiges and yours looks like just the color I want. Thank you.


It makes me smile to hear from you!

09 10