Removing Wainscoting Panels: Dos and Don'ts

Wainscoting panels are a commonly used wall covering material in many houses across the country. If you decide that you want to remove the panels, there are a number of steps that you will need to take. Here are some of the dos and don'ts associated with removing wainscoting panels. 

Do Utilize a Utility Knife to Start

Typically, the wainscoting is going to be attached to the wall at the upper edge. In order to help start the process, you should take a utility knife and use it to cut in between the wainscoting and the wall.

Remove Baseboards and Transition

With most wainscoting, it is going to have a transition over the top of the panels and it will have baseboards on the bottom. In order to remove the wainscoting panels, you are going to need to remove both of these items. This will help you more easily detach it from the wall.

Don't Use Too Much Force

When you are removing the wainscoting panels, you are most likely going to be using a pry bar or some other type of hard instrument. When you do this, make sure that you do not apply to much force when you are pulling because you can put a hole into the wall.