Mrs. Fixit: Faux Wainscotting

March 1, 2009 7:08:45 AM PST
Wainscoting means different things to different people. Traditionally it means wood paneling on the lower part of the wall that can be really pricey to have installed. I have a method to give you the same look without the price tag.

I am going to make boxes on the wall out of this simple wood trim and then paint the whole area with one paint color to make it appear as though the entire wall is covered in wood.

Measure the area and determine the size of the "panel" boxes that you want to create, and then use a miter box to cut all of the pieces to size. For more information on mitering check out my website.

Once your pieces are cut, sand any rough edges.

Use an adhesive on the back of each piece to help hold it in place, and then tack along the length of the molding with small brads. A level will keep you in line while you're working.

When you're finished, fill the nail holes with some spackle and then let it dry.

Finally, paint the entire area, molding and wall with a paint that is suitable for woodwork.

If mitering and cutting isn't your thing, you can find pre-made molding boxes at your local home improvement center, just adhere them to the wall and paint. I'm Mrs. Fixit and it's just that simple.