How to Fill Nail Holes in Wainscot Paneling

  • 2-10 hours
  • Beginner
  • 25-50
What You'll Need
Wood putty
Fine grit sandpaper

Wainscot paneling provides a cozy feeling to any room, with its natural texture and tone. It is quite easy to install it on your own. Once you have laid it against the wall, you can decide where you need to cut so as to fit it properly. Then, you just have to nail it in place. Inevitably, nails will result in visible holes, which you would prefer to make less noticeable. Here's how to do this.

Step 1 - Applying Wood Putty

The best way to hide nail holes is to fill them with wood putty. You have to select a wood putty which is of a similar color as that of the paneling. This will make the patched areas even less evident. Try to apply the wood putty evenly. Allow it to dry and if you wish you can sand it lightly. Wipe with a damp rag to remove dust particles.

Step 2 - Painting the Paneling

This step is optional. The wood putty, if applied properly, should have hidden the nail holes sufficiently well. However, if you wish to paint the Wainscot paneling, you will also have an added opportunity to hide the nail holes even further. In such a case, paint over the patched up areas, too.