Wainscoting Wishes

Of all the things I have coveted for my own home, wainscoting in my stairwell is #1, number one, numero uno. 

Before I go too far, let me show you where we started:

 

When we purchased our home, the front hall and stairwell was painted industrial grayish white and the trim was all poorly maintained dark wood.  It was a dungeon and we really, really didn't like it.

 

Fortunately, my mom came to visit one weekend a couple years after we bought the house and we worked her to the bone for a couple of days until we had a beautiful, striking, deep red entryway and stairwell with white painted trim.

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