Tin Wainscotting in a 1913 Dining Room

CassandraMarch 20, 2008

I recently moved into a 1913 home with pressed tin wainscotting that goes about 3/4s up the wall in the dining room, ending with a chair rail. The room has other great architectural features in that "transitional" style between Victorian and Arts-and-Crafts: a built in buffet, stained glass windows, and dentil crown molding. (I have posted pictures in a thread on the Home Decorating forum). I'm trying to do some research on the use of tin for wainscotting. My question has to do with whether it was originally painted or not. Right now, it is painted white and seems to have at least one coat of another color (green) underneath. I'll be painting the wall above the wainscotting a goldish color, but I don't know how to highlight the wainscotting or what else to do with it besides leave it white. Any thoughts?

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Decorative tin was a 19th century mass-produced simulation of more expensive decorative plaster. Considering that origin, it is very appropriate to paint it. Some of the marketing at the time was aimed at convincing people to install it over aging plaster ceilings, walls and stairwells for its cleanliness and architectural interest. In some cases, they are conducive to being antiqued/glazed to highlight the contours of the design.

    Bookmark   March 21, 2008 at 12:17AM
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The tin ceilings were meant to be painted, they usually came primed with a white matte finish. The wainscot was quite likely the same.



    Bookmark   March 22, 2008 at 9:44AM
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