How to Install Wainscoting

Traditional elegance, home-center materials

Required Tools for this Project

Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.

  • Hammer
  • Miter saw
  • Air compressor
  • Air hose
  • Brad nail gun
  • Circular saw
  • Caulk gun
  • Level
  • Framing square
  • Hearing protection
  • Orbital sander
  • Painters tape
  • Safety glasses
  • Speed square
  • Paintbrush
  • Table saw

Required Materials for this Project

Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.

  • 1/2-in. MDF (Medium density fiberboard)
  • 1 3/8-in. fillet molding
  • 1/2-in. cove molding
  • Base shoe
  • Panel adhesive
  • Wood filler
  • Primer
  • Paint