DIY farmhouse style wainscot is a step-by-step tutorial on how to install your own wainscot. Adding wainscot to your home is a classic and timeless design that will last for years to come.
DIY farmhouse style wainscot designs add value to your home and loads of character. Follow along as I share a step by step process of adding this simple design.
DIY FARMHOUSE STYLE WAINSCOT
To begin any project, you need to do some homework. Let’s start with Pinterest to look for some ideas. Think about details of the style and height of your wainscot. I decided to do a tall design because I love the color white and this would offer plenty of it, while also pulling in the grey-blue from my kitchen on the top. Now on to the steps of creating the wainscot.
MEASURE FOR TRIM
Let’s start with measuring the space and writing down what you will need. Also, inventory your tools just in case you need a tool from the hardware store. Measure the width and height of each wall then take some chalk and draw out the design on the wall. Then, start with one piece of trim, like the shelf piece, and measure that part of the wall where you chalked it out and add it all up. This measurement is how many feet of that trim you will need. I used 1/4″ x 2″ vertical pieces, 1″ x 4″ horizontal pieces, and a 1″ x 2″ shelf. Now continue to measure for each piece until you have them all written down.
Now that you have all your tools and pieces of trim it is time to apply a coat of white paint on the wall. It is easier to paint the background now rather than after the trim goes up.
HORIZONTAL TRIM PIECE FOR THE TOP
Remember me saying this is easy? Well, using your miter saw cut the longest horizontal piece and nail it on the wall. Continue this step around the room.
VERTICAL WOOD TRIM
Okay, this wall is already looking good but will only get better! Now add your vertical pieces by measuring each piece and using your miter saw. The reason why I suggest measuring each section is to make sure that there is no variation from the horizontal top piece down to the baseboard. Nail them to the wall and now we move on to the last board.
We only one piece left and that is the shelf. Again, cut this part according to your measurements. This time nail it down into the 1″ x 4″. Can you believe you are almost done?
PUTTY, CAULK, AND PAINT
Now it’s time for some more painting. Oops! I just realized I didn’t take a photo of the last painting stage. Hopefully, my description will be easy to follow. Take some putty and swipe it into each nail hole then sand it down a little. Next go ahead and start painting. If it looks like the paint is covering all the cracks pretty good, then keep going, but if not I would suggest adding some caulk. Once you finish all the painting, you are done! Yay!!
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Let’s go over each step again and then I will add a list of tools I used at the end.
- Start with researching what you want on Pinterest
- Measure your wall and lay out the design with chalk on the wall
- Assemble all the tools you will need
- Shop for the trim, paint and any tools you may not already have
- Paint the walls white or whatever color you want your wainscot to be
- Cut and install the first horizontal board
- Trim and install the vertical boards
- Cut and install the shelf
- Putty and caulk holes and cracks
- Paint trim and walls
This project is a two-day job, especially if you have to go to the hardware store to shop for items. So, I hope this DIY farmhouse style wainscot encourages you to try this at your house. Before I say goodbye here is a list of tools we used.
- Miter saw
- Nail gun
- 1/4″ x 2″ trim
- 1″ x 4″ trim
- 1″ x 2″ trim
- Trim Paint: SW7006 Extra White
- Wall paint: SW7656 Rhinestone
- Paint roller
- Paint tray
- Drop Cloths
- Tape measure
- Graph paper
Here is a before picture so you get an idea of where we began.
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