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How to Install Wainscoting


The world of interior design is one that is incredibly intricate and detailed. From wall colors, to furniture textures, to accessory placement, and more, there are a plethora of different elements that factor into creating different themes and designs. One thing is for sure however, everyone is always looking to add some type of upgrade to their home to give it a little life and classiness. If you are wanting to make this upgrade and to do it yourself, look no further than some high quality wainscoting.

You have likely seen this wood feature in many homes you have been in, but might not even know you have due to its unusual and uncommon name. This elegant wooden molding fixture is the perfect way to instantly upgrade any room you use it in, without breaking the bank. The fact that you can do this project on your own makes it a very popular one as well. In order to tackle this project, you will need items such as wainscoting panels to cover the area, medium density fiberboard, new base molding, construction adhesive, nails, a caulk gun, drill, and jigsaw.

The first step in your project is to remove any molding that is already existing on the baseboards so you can make room for the new molding. Once this have been removed and the caulk is cleaned up, be sure to use a level to ensure that you have a nice straight line all the way across. Once you have this space leveled and measured out, you are ready to set the fiberboard into place, covering the necessary area. You can attach these to the wall by nailing them in.

Once you have the fiberboard in place, you are ready for the more aesthetically pleasing elements of the project as you can now install the wainscoting. When cutting the wainscoting to fit the necessary area, be sure you do not cover up any electrical outlets by cutting out the needed space to accommodate them through the wainscoting.

Apply a generous amount of adhesive to the back of the wainscoting to ensure that it will stay in place for a long time and secure it to the fiberboard and make sure it is properly centered and lined up on the wall. To properly get the full effect of wainscoting, make sure the panels are running vertically when you install them. Once you have the wainscoting in place, add the baseboards to the bottom by nailing them in securely.

Follow some of these easy steps and you will have a beautiful wood feature in your home in no time.

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