Here is a sketch and photo of the existing conditions.
The only thing original in the room is the wood wainscot. It was stripped of many layers of paint in 1975 when I first bought the house. The result was a fairly dull slightly damaged brown surface. Years later, we had it stained and varnished to try and improve the appearance, but it wasn't much of an improvement.
Chris has been patient with my attachment to the "original" wainscot although a few years ago she sent me a message by painting a small section white. Well I guess I'm ready now. The wainscot is going to go. The wainscot is old clear heart redwood so it would be a shame to just trash it. Maybe the backside is in pristine condition and we could use it another way? Stay tuned.