How to Make Raised Wainscoting Panels How to Make Raised Wainscoting Panels

Wainscoting panels provide functional purposes aside from enhancing the character of any room in your house. It provides an additional layer of support on your walls, making your walls more durable and better in withstanding damage from pets. This is the reason why a lot of homeowners choose this type of panel, due to its functionality. Installing wainscoting panels is very easy and you can do this as your weekend DIY project. For this project, you will need the following materials:

  • ¼ inch lumber panel (preferably pine)
  • Pencil
  • Tape measure
  • Level
  • Construction tape
  • Miter saw or hand saw
  • Nail gun or hammer
  • Nails
  • Paint brush
  • Stain or paint
  • Stud finder
  • Epoxy

Step 1 – Measure the Height of the Wainscoting Panel

Measure the height of the wall so that you can decide the height of the panel. You have to keep in mind that the length of the wainscoting panels should always be greater than its height. To get the right measurement, measure from the floor and up to get the desired height of the panel. Mark the measurement on the wall using a pencil or a chalk marker and use a level to make a guiding line.

Step 2 – Locate the Studs on the Wall

Use a stud finder and locate the studs on the wall. Mark the location of the studs using a construction tape. This step is necessary so that you will know where to install the wainscoting panels. After the studs have been located, measure the length of the wall and take note of the measurement. Cut the panels using a miter saw. Make sure that the measurement of the panels follows the length that you have measured on the wall.

Step 3 – Install the Panels

Place a board along the line that you have marked on the wall on Step 1 and nail the board into the studs using a nail gun or hammer. Make sure that you place the board just above the baseboard on the wall so that it lines up with the top board before you nail it completely to the wall.

Step 4 – Measure the Size of the Wainscot Boxes

Once the base has been installed, measure the entire wall so that you will be able to determine the number of wainscot boxes that will go on the wall. Once you have determined the number and size of the panels, install the wainscot boxes to the panels using epoxy. Press it firmly before you use a nail gun to hold the boxes in place. Use a level to set the boxes straight along the panel.

Step 5 – Stain the Panel with Paint or Varnish

Once the boxes have been properly installed, paint the panels using a stain or a colored paint of your choice. Use a fine-tipped paintbrush to apply paint, particularly on the hard to reach places on the wainscot boxes. Let the paint dry before applying the second coat.

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