How to Install Wainscoting

Step-by-step instructions for installing this beautiful tongue-and-groove wainscot right over your existing drywall or plaster.

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
  • Circular saw
  • Stud finder
  • Caulk gun
  • 4-in-1 screwdriver
  • Belt sander
  • Block plane
  • Drill/driver, cordless
  • Chalk line
  • Level
  • Jigsaw
  • Hot melt glue gun
  • One-handed bar clamps
  • Pry bar
  • Non-contact voltage tester
  • Table saw

Finish nail gun, 4-ft. Speed square, 12-in.

Required Materials for this Project

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

  • Paneling material (See Fig. A)
  • Construction adhesive
  • Screws, 2-in.
  • Finish nails, 1-1/2-in., 2-in. and 2-1/2-in.

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