Install Beadboard Wainscoting Yourself

What You'll Need
Stud finder
Carpenters wood glue
Hammer and nails
Drill and drill bits
Tape measure
Beadboard wainscoting panels
Small pry bar
Table or circular saw
Masking tape

Beadboard Wainscoting can add a great new look to your otherwise dull wall. Beadboard wainscoting can be installed on any wall in the home to create a classic look. This type of Wainscoting can be found in many different styles and colors. They can be found in short panels and large panel sections. Wainscoating can provide an update to an old style and the installation is quick and easy. This article will explain how to install beadboard wainscoting yourself.

Step 1 – Choosing Beadboard Wainscoting

Choosing the right wainscoting will dictate the amount of work you do. Beadboard wainscoting can come in pre-painted or stained sections. It also comes in small, individual sections or in large sheets. One of the biggest timesavers is beadboard that also contains chair rails and baseboards. This type of beadboard is usually the most economical choice and the easiest to install.

Step 2 – Measurements

In order to properly install the Wainscoting, you will need to determine the amount that you will need. Use your measuring tape and measure the length of the wall. It is important to measure from edge to edge. Then, measure two more times to be sure your numbers are precise.

Step 3 – Cutting the Beadboard Wainscoting

Turn the wainscoting over so that the back of it is facing up. Place it on a flat work surface. Transfer the measurement you took in Step 2 to the beadboard Wainscoting. Since the beadboard wainscoting you are using is in the form of panels, you may only have trim 1 panel, or none at all. Once you determine the difference in size, mark the panel. Draw a line in pencil and then place a strip of masking tape over the line you drew. The tape prevents the beadboard wainscoting from chipping and cracking. Place the wainscoting on the table saw and cut the beadboard through the center of the tape.

Step 4 – Wall Preparation

The wall that will hold the beadboard Wainscoting will need to be prepared prior to installation. You will need to remove the current baseboard. Use a small pry bar and insert it between the wall and the baseboard. Use leverage to pop the baseboard free from the wall. Move the pry bar along the baseboard, applying leverage until the baseboard is completely free from the wall. Sand down the wall to be sure you are working on a smooth surface.

Step 5 – Install the Beadboard Wainscoting

Dry fit the Wainscoting to the wall to ensure it is level. Apply the carpenter’s wood glue to the back of the first wainscoting panel. Put the adhesive an inch away from the edges and in a zigzag pattern. Place the panel on the wall and press in place for several seconds. Line up the next panel and repeat until all the panels have been glued in place. Locate the studs and then nail the wainscoting in place through the recessed grooves.