How to Use Wooden Bullnose Trim as Wainscot How to Use Wooden Bullnose Trim as Wainscot

What You'll Need
Wooden Bullnose trim
Wainscot decorative panels
2 by 4 lumber
Electric hand saw
Spackling paste
Paint brush
Sheet plastic
Pry bar

Installing a wooden bullnose trim as your wainscot takes quite a bit of time and effort, but the end result will be a more appealing decorative wall trim for your home. This is especially good when trying to add more warmth and personality to hallways and basements.

Step 1 - Measure and Gather Materials

Make your measurements along the walls you will be putting the wainscot. This is so you know how much material you will need to purchase. When purchasing your wainscot decorative panels and bullnose trim keep in mind that they should at least be a similar type of wood for a proper match. Make sure you get enough bullnose trim to do both the top and the bottom of the wainscot panel.

Step 2 - Prepare Walls

Spread sheet plastic on the floor of the room that you will be adding the wainscot. This is so you do not damage your floor or carpet. Use the pry bar to remove the drywall where you are putting in the wainscot. Measure on the wood wall stud in 2 places where you will be cutting into it to place the 2 by 4 wood. These measurements should be 4 inches up from where the bottom of the decorative panel is and 4 inches down from the top of the panel. Wear your goggles and use the electric hand saw with a narrow blade to cut 2 inches in the wall stud and 4 inches down so that a 2 by 4 can fit snugly and will be flush with the wall stud. Cut the 2 by 4 lumber the appropriate length and place it in both the upper section you cut and the lower section.

Step 3 - Replace New Drywall

Use the drill and screws to replace the new drywall.

Step 4 - Place Wainscot Panels

Place your wainscot panels along the bottom of the wall ensuring that each time you attach it to the drywall that it is lined up with the panels next to it. Use the hammer and nails to attach the panels to the drywall. MAKE SURE that you purchase long enough nails that will go through the drywall and into the 2 by 4 lumber you had just placed in the studs. Depending on the length of you panel will be how many nails you use. Make sure you nail both the top and bottom of the panel.

Step 5 - Place Your Bullnose Trim

Use small narrow nails to attach your bullnose trim along the top and bottom of the wainscot panels. It is very important that you pay attention to how straight you're placing the bullnose trim, especially at the top of the panel. Once all these are in place use sandpaper to make both the bullnose trim and panels smooth.

Step 6 - Finishing

Use spackling paste on the screws and gaps on the drywall as well as the holes for the tiny nails you used for the bullnose trim. Wait until it tries and then use sandpaper to sand the spackling until it is smooth. After that you are free to paint your walls and new wainscot.

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