Find out how you can add a wainscot to a room like Rachel did: inexpensively and beautifully. Wainscot how to.
Submitted By: Our Small-Town Idaho Life
My name is Rachel and my husband and I are building our first home ourselves here in beautiful southeast Idaho. Because my husband is a builder and we save on labor costs, we have been allowed to add pretty little details like this wainscot to it.
So, here’s a tutorialon the board and batten wainscoting…using old pictures already edited on my computer.
We always loved this look, but felt it was more costly than we wanted for all that extra wood. Then we found a cheaper way that requires a lot less, but looks just as nice.
We installed it in the front room, entryway, and the maser bedroom. I’ll use the front room to demonstrate the process.
Here is the sitting roomwith bare drywall and mud. If you notice, there is no texture yet.
When we did apply the texture,we only hit the areas of the walls above where the wainscot would be. The bottom section was left smooth. This would create a contrast between the two and mimic the look of flat wood panels (after being painted).
1.)Using a nail gun, 1×6 baseboards were installed along the bottom of the walls.
2.)Next, 1×4 battens were set vertically on top of the baseboards and nailed into place about 20 inches apart.
3.)1×4’s were then attached in a horizontal line above, parallel to the baseboards to build shadow boxes.
4.)The shadow boxes were capped with 1×2’s that created a shelf-like look at the top.
Here is a closer lookat the 1×2 wood at the top.
Finally, a piece of decorative moldingwas installed just below the “shelf” of 1×2’s with a pin nailer.
Then there came the exhilarating (not!) taskof filling in every blasted nail hole with putty, sanding them down, and caulking every blasted seam in prep for paint.
My only advice at this pointis to enlist every family member, friend, neighbor, pool guy, mail man, etc., you can find to help with this. If you have as much trim as we do, you’ll be glad you did.
Using a sprayer,semi-gloss white paint completely transformed the look. Even without using any flat paneling, the wall in each shadow box appeared smooth and seamless with the battens.
I wish I had a picture of Andrewwhen he was finished with this. White brows and lashes just aren’t his best look.
If I didn’t witness the process myself,I never would have assumed the bottom section was actually the wall rather than wood.
I love the finished, contrast-y lookof the painted, textured wall above the clean, white glossiness.
Not using the real wood panelingsaved us an estimated $800-$1,000 through the entire house.
Just for fun, here’s a beforeof the entryway…
…and an after!
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Cassity Kmetzsch started Remodelaholic after graduating from Utah State University with a degree in Interior Design. Remodelaholic is the place to share her love for knocking out walls, and building everything back up again to not only add function but beauty to her home. Together with her husband Justin, they have remodeled 6 homes and are working on a seventh. She is a mother of four amazing girls. Making a house a home is her favorite hobby.