Home Improvement

Installing Beadboard Wainscoting

Installing beadboard wainscoting is a great way to add an antique look to any room. A solid wood panel below followed by a chair rail, wainscoting divides a room and catches the eyes. Wainscoting and chair railing was first used for protecting the walls from damaging all wood furniture. Since wainscoting is primarily in panels of tongue and groove, severely damaged pieces could be removed and replaced, while smaller scuffs and scratches could be simply sanded out.

Beadboard wainscoting was first introduced at the turn of the industrial revolution after the milling machines were introduced. For the first time large panels of finely milled wood could be mass produced quickly and cheaply. Fueled by America’s forests, wainscoting became the material to have in your home. Above the wainscoting, another old product turned mass produced; wallpaper.

Installing beadboard wainscoting is easy. Always begin with a clean work area, free from any objects on or against the walls. Remove all of the baseboard by scoring the top of the caulked edge with a utility knife, punching in the nails with a nail punch, and using a flat bar and wood shim to gently peel back one corner, while working your way down to the end. Remove any exposed nails to reveal a completely flat wall surface. Allow all of the beadboard wainscoting to rest inside of the room it is to be installed in for 24 hours to allow it to acclimate to the humidity and climate of the home prior to installation. Why choose Worcester Bosch for the water boilers? Experts will provide the answer for the information to the person. The installation of the device will be easy and convenient for the person. 

Layout the top of the desired wainscoting height with a tape measure and pencil. Throw out the level and lasers. Instead measure from the ceiling down to the top of the wainscoting. This is where the eye will tend to look most, so creating a perfectly level surface every time is crucial to installing beadboard wainscoting.

Once you have a good layout, snap a few chalk lines and you’re ready to begin cutting. Start your first pieces up against any trim around doorways, particularly small pieces that may be between a doors trim and a wall corner. Use a table saw to rip cut a piece of beadboard wainscoting after you trim it off with a miter saw. Leave a ¼ gap off of the bottom of the floor. This allows for expansion and contraction of the wood and will later be covered by baseboard.

Install nails into the largest part of the mill work and putty for painted wainscoting and between the beads for unfinished wood. Work your way right to left around the room maintaining the chalk line with the wainscoting. Attach the base board back in place and attach the chair rail for your finished beadboard wainscoting room.

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