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7 Tips on How to Install Custom Wainscoting


Wainscoting is a type of paneling that is installed in the interior walls of a room, house, or building. It was originally thought of to provide insulation for buildings that were made of stone. Nowadays, it is more commonly used to beautify and decorate homes. It is usually made of wood; but as the construction industry grows more modern, a lot of the materials are now being made out of plastic.

The first thing you need to do when installing your own custom wainscoting is to prepare the room that you are going to work on. Remove all the furniture, carpeting, wall decorations, and all of your other valuable items. You should also remove the mouldings that are installed in your walls. Be very careful in removing these moldings if you want to reuse them later on; if they are even slightly cracked, they will no longer look as well as they used to.

Also, look for all the outlets in the room and remove the covers; these covers will be reinstalled after the wainscoting has been finished. After clearing the room, make a guideline that you will use to align the panels that you are going to install. Measure the length of the panels that you bought and add half an inch. The result would be the height of your guideline. Adding the half an inch would make sure that your wainscoting won’t hit the floor even if the floor is not totally even. Run the guideline through all the walls that you want to install your wainscoting on; for most rooms, this would mean around the entire room.

Now that the room is clear, you can start installing your wainscoting. It is usually best to start from one corner and work your way around. Get one piece of the paneling boards that you bought and place it on the wall. If it is covering any wall outlets, simply cut a hole on the paneling board before you nail it to the wall. Once you have made any necessary adjustments or holes to the panel, apply construction glue on the back side. Align its top level with the guide that you made previously then press it up against the wall. Hold it firmly against the wall until the glue dries and holds the panel steady. You can then hold the panel more securely in place with the use of paneling nails or screws. Repeat this same procedure for the rest of the panels until you cover the entire room.

Sometimes, when you get to the corners, a full panel will be too big to cover the remaining space. Again, you are going to have to cut the panel to make it fit. Once all the panels are installed, you now have a new wainscoting. Reinstall your outlet covers and your moldings, and bring back your furniture.

Remodel your Home with a Customized Wainscoting

One of the trends nowadays is wainscoting because it adds appeal to your home, room, office, and any rooms. It will give a great look and adds durability or stability on your walls. It could be of many styles and good designs depending on your taste. Installing wainscoting may sound a tough job but with these given simple steps; you may remodel your home with a customized wainscoting easily and nicely.

Wooden waiscotingFirst, you should complete the materials needed for remodeling your home. Gather all the things needed in your area completely so you will not waste time later on looking for them. Here are the materials needed: Pencil, wainscoting panels, trim for top rail, trim for chair rail, trim for baseboard, trim for vertical stiles, paint or stain of your choice, paintbrush or rags, construction adhesive, brad nail installer, brads, circular saw or table saw, finish nail installer, nails, router, bits, wood putty and lastly, if you will use stain then you should also prepare polyerthane.

If all the materials are set and complete just follow these steps to remodel your home with a customized wainscoting.
> Grab a pencil for marking purposes; this will help you avoid mistakes before you finally mark your wall with a lever.
> Measure your ideal wainscoting height. You should determine how wide your wall panels. Then, Mark.
> If you have a high ceiling then you should have a high wainscoting too.
> Make the markings all over the desired area of your home first with a pencil then a level.
> Observe proper measurement with the uneven floor too.
> If done with the markings measure the marks then you may cut the wainscoting panels with a circular saw or table saw.
> Color the wainscoting with paint then allow it to dry.
> If the paint is dry, carefully apply construction adhesive at the back of your wainscoting panels. You may use a rag or a towel.
> Make sure that the top edge is even and in line with the horizontal line.
> Nail the seams of the panels on the wall with a brad nail installer.
> Paste and nail your wainscoting panel all over the desired area. Just make sure of the measurements and alignment of every wainscoting panel.
> There are uneven measurements on the wall so it would be best to make test cuts to make sure that the wainscoting panel will properly fit.
> Attach the vertical stiles according to its measurement from to floor then, nail them with finish nails.
> Install the baseboards by nailing them with finish nails at the base of the wall. Attach these baseboards into the wainscoting.
> Attach the top rail to the vertical stiles that it matches by nailing them in place with finish nails.
> Install the chair rails with finish nails.
> Fill all the holes that you may see with putty.
> If used pain in the entire wall then should apply a coat of polyurethane.
> Then, you are done with remodeling your home with customized wainscoting.

It is now time to enjoy the finished project.

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