Tuesday, June 19, 2012

DIY wainscoting

The next big project we tackled around our house, was installing wainscoting by ourselves. It has made the biggest difference, by creating a new look to our front room. Once again, I don't know why it took so long for us to do this, we have been in our home for over five years.

Supplies needed:
Chair Rail (if not already on wall)
Trim
Liquid Nails
Nail Gun or hammer
Air compressor (if using nail gun)
Spackle
Sandpaper
Painter tape
Primer (if needed)
Paint


The room started like this..

We already had the chair rail in our front room, so that was one less step for us. You will have to install this otherwise.


Then my husband cut the trim to create a frame. Depending on how large (or small) you want your frames to be, figure this measurement out beforehand.

Map out where you'd like your frames to go, then apply them using liquid nails & a nail gun (or hammer them in yourself). And from what my husband told me, this little nail gun & air compressor saved him SO much time. Great investment, since I'm sure this won't be the last of our projects. :)


Fill in the nail holes with Spackle, then sand it down after it dries.

Place painters tape around the edges, so you only get paint where you want it. :)
Now paint! We didn't prime, because there was no need for us with our walls being so light.


After your paint is dry, remove your tape & admire your work.

And that's it! Pretty simple, right?!
 And makes for a really nice change!


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40 comments:

Phil and Darby Hawley said...

That is awesome! I'm pinning this! Looks great Lindsay!

Maury Kilgo said...

Looks great! My husband and I did this in our dining room and I'd love to carry it into some other rooms, but it's not on the short list :-)

Texas Tanners said...

LOVE how it turned out. I am seriously loving those yellow & white frames...where did you find them?! Newest follower from the hop!

Morgan said...

This looks so great! Such an easy change. I am a new follower via GFC.
Morgan

Kim (TheMoney-Pit) said...

i just did this is my bathroom and I love it. really easy for a big impact!

Beautiful Collegiate said...

Hey stopped by from the GFC Link up! love your blog so i am following you! :)

Christina
Beautifulcollegiate.blogspot.com

twelve-O-eight said...

I am freaking out over how amazing this turned out! Slowly turning our builder-grade two story into something fabulous, it takes time. Lovely job!

Hugs, Tanya :)

Sarah D. said...

Wow, I love this. We have the top rail already...so we would just need to add trim. I am so excited you posted this today because we are possibly painting this weekend. So we bet your bottom dollar my husband can add this on the to-do!!

Hubba said...

This looks amazing!

www.iheartpears.blogspot.com

vintage grey said...

Wow, this is great, and I just love how you did it yourselves! Thanks for sharing! Hope your day is going beautifully!! xo Heather

Kate said...

Wow- this looks great! I would love to do this in my house too! Found you on the GFC hop! :)

Kathryn Ferguson Griffin said...

Wow! That completely changed the look of the room. Would love it if you shared this at my Make it Pretty Monday @TheDedicatedHouse. http://thededicatedhouse.blogspot.com/2012/06/make-it-pretty-monday-week-2.html Wishing you a grand evening. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

marissa said...

I love this it turned out great!

Marissa
http://raegunwear.blogspot.com

Danny Heyen said...

Wish we could pull something like that off. We have textured walls.

Jennifer said...

Looks great!!

Kristin said...

Looks awesome =)

Kristy LifenReflection said...

a beautiful change and you made it look so easy!

Kara at Petals to Picots said...

Looks great!

Jennifer @ Delightfully Noted said...

Amazing what a difference wainscotting can make! I would love to do some in hour home it just takes convincing the hubby to do the work!;)

Marcie said...

This is beautiful. Great job. Please come share on my linky party.
http://www.igottatrythat.com/p/blog-hop-linky-colde.html
While your there enter to win the $25 Olive Garden gift card. Hope to see you!
Thanks
Marcie @ www.IGottaTryThat.com

Tonia L said...

Lindsay that is just beautiful! You did a fantastic job!

Etcetorize said...

Looks great! I've been trying to decide whether or not to add this feature to my house. After reading your post, I'm leaning towards "YES!"~

Our Pinteresting Family said...

Looks gorgeous! It's amazing how it totally transforms the entire space. Enjoy! Megan

Tammy said...

Wow, what a difference that makes! It does look easy enough--I hope;). I love it! Thank you for sharing this at Rustic Restorations Weekend! :)

Addicted2HomeDecor said...

Your wainscoting is beautiful. Looks like you did a fabulous job. I came over from Rustic Restorations Weekend. I am now a follower. Would love to have you stop by when you have a minute. Blessings ~ Judy

Bridgett said...

Your room turned out fantastic! I have been trying to figure out how to spice up our walls and this is perfect! Pinning so I can show the hubby in the morning! BTW-Found your blog via Tatertots and Jello link up party :)

xoxo,
Bridgett
www.thehouseofshepherds.blogspot.com

Recipes We Love said...

Looks great! I adore wainscotting!

Danielle said...

The panelling looks fantastic!

Betsy Pool said...

I LOVE the new look of the wainscoting. I think it adds so much sophistication. Nice job.

Thanks for linking up at Romance on a dime!

Sarah Jenkins said...

This looks so good! I love it! I'm a new follower too!

Sarah
{http://www.naptimedelights.blogspot.com}

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

It's beautiful~ thanks for linking up at Feathered Nest Friday!

Malory {Snips & Spice} said...

This is gorgeous! I am going to have to try this. Thanks for sharing!

Malory
http://snips-and-spice.blogspot.com/

Stacey said...

You home looks lovely - sure you don't want to stay? I am sure you will pretty up your new house as well :o)
Thanks for linking!
Stacey

Christine said...

It looks fabulous Lindsay!!!! Gosh I wish I had space somewhere in my home to add wainscoting!

Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality! I can't wait to see what you'll be linking up this evening!

Six Sisters said...

Oh my goodness! That looks so good!! Thanks for linking up to "Strut Your Stuff Saturday!" We hope to see you again! -The Sisters

Jeanne said...

It looks amazing. It really changed the look of the room!

Tam said...

Looks great, just pinned it!

Erin {Lavender and Lemon Drops} said...

That looks amazing girl! I love the finished look of wainscoting! Great Job :)

Aimee - ItsOverflowing.com said...

Makes my heart skip a beat! Love it! Featuring you today!

XO, Aimee

Kara @ Mine for the Making said...

Looks so great!! Beautiful job!

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