What you’ll need:

  •  Wainscoting panels
  •  Straight edge
  •  Level
  •  Pencil
  •  Stud finder
  •  Power saw (optional)
  •  Pry bar (optional)
  •  Screwdriver/Power drill
  •  Construction glue
  •  Trowel
  •  Hammer
  •  Carpentry nails
  •  Finishing nails
  •  Caulk
  •  Paint/Stain
  •  Brushes

Wainscoting gives any space a high-end look, and that’s why many people think it’s a difficult DIY project. But installing wainscoting is a straightforward project when you have the right tools and methods.

Step 1 – Measure the Room

Start by measuring the room or hall where you want to install wainscoting. Write down a horizontal length from corner to corner for each wall. When you go to buy your wainscoting paneling, you can use these numbers to determine exactly how many panels you need to purchase.

Step 2 – Prep Your Walls

With a level and a straight edge, mark where the top of your wainscoting will go using a pencil. Draw a line directly on the wall so you know precisely where the wainscoting will go. Having a straight line to guide you will ensure that your wainscoting looks perfect after installation.

After your line is marked, use a stud finder and mark the location of studs all around the space where you plan to place wainscoting. Make sure to place the stud marks just above the line you drew, so you can see them as you install the wainscoting.

If your wainscoting project involves installing new baseboards, or if the wainscoting is made with baseboards attached, you’ll want to remove them. Carefully remove the cap molding from the top of your baseboard with a small pry bar.

Use a screwdriver or drill to remove all the outlet covers in the room that will end up under the wainscoting. You will need to cut holes in the corresponding wainscoting panels where they will cover these plants. Once the wainscoting is installed, you can re-install the outlet covers.

Step 3 – Prepare Your Wainscoting

If you’re cutting your own wainscoting boards with a power saw, you’ll want to cut it to size next. Take measurements along the wall vertically, from the top of the line to your floor or your baseboards. It’s important to take measurements for every panel, as your floors may not be precisely level and the lengths may vary slightly from panel to panel. If your boards are already pre-cut, move on to the next step.

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