How to Build a Wainscoted Wall

Add elegance to your favorite room with easy-to-build wood panels

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
  • Cordless drill
  • Tape measure
  • Belt sander
  • Biscuit joiner
  • Drywall sander
  • Combination square
  • Level
  • Dust mask
  • Framing square
  • Glue
  • Hearing protection
  • Orbital sander
  • Rasp
  • Paintbrush
  • Wood chisel

A laser level is helpful, but not required. (Note: plate joiners are also called biscuit joiners.)

Required Materials for this Project

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

  • 1 x 6
  • 1 x 4
  • 1 x 2
  • 1/2 x 2 cap molding
  • 3/4-in. cove molding
  • 1/2-in. quarter round
  • Base shoe molding
  • Construction glue
  • Wood glue
  • Biscuits for joiner
  • Finish nails
  • (All wood is paint or stain grade)