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Understanding wainscoting styles

Different types of  Wainscot

Types of Wainscot

If you have decided to install wainscoting in your home, it is important to understand various styles of wainscoting. This will help you in deciding the style that suits your house the most. Here is brief on style of wainscoting to help you make a decision faster and wiser.

• Raised Panel Wainscoting
This is known to be the oldest of all wainscoting styles. The style was popular in England and America. The standard tallness ranges between 30 inches and 40 inches.

• Flat Panel Wainscoting
This is just opposite to the flat panel wainscoting. The center panels will be recessed. It expands from the floor towards partway up the wall. It is finally topped with molding.

• Overlay Panel Wainscoting
It consists of elements of both raised as well as flat panel wainscoting. The shapes can be anything ranging from rectangular, square, or any other shape you prefer.

Process of installing wainscoting:

Wainscoting is a type of panel, rather a decorative panel that is mounted in the lower section say for 4 to 5 feet on the interiors walls of the home. Basically, it’s installed in between the chair rail and the baseboard. There are different types of wainscot available in different materials like laminate, vinyl and wood.

The process of installing wainscot is very simple if you’re willing to put some efforts and time by using accurate tools for the same. Here are the steps of installing wainscot in your home.

Steps on installing Prefab wainscoting:

Wainscoting installing

Person installing wainscoting

Start by preparing the area for installing wainscot. Remove any chair rails, skirt molding and baseboard from the walls. Don’t forget to remove the outlet plates. Determine the number of panels you’ll need for the walls by measuring the linear footage of it.

Gather the wood wainscot and allow acclimating in the room for at least 48 hours. This helps in preventing the contraction and expansion that can occur after installing it. Mark up the top section lines. This will help you in knowing the level line surrounding the room. Measure the height from the floor, where you’re placing the panels. Even a laser level works well for this job.

Make the use of stud finder tool for marking up. You can also make the use of hammer for gently marking up the location of placing studs. Now place the panels on the marking. Before placing it, apply adhesive on the back side of the panel and place. Don’t forget to nail and anchor it up firmly. Set it from one side of the room to the other.

Continue installing the panels in the similar manner keeping at least the distance of 1/17 inch from each of them. As you’re installing the bottom most part, it can be trimmed or can be easily sanded if you find different variation in the piece of panel and the floor surface. It’s better to double check the top most level line for accuracy.

Cover the outlet panel and also have to cut a hole for seeing that the panel will cover the other one. Press the panel into the outline by using the chalk and start cutting off into the shape by using a jigsaw. Cut off the custom pieces of the panels. Measure it well and cut down the final panel by using a jigsaw for accommodating the accurate length of the interior walls.

Now, it’s the time to place the upper molding and baseboard. Don’t forget to ensure that the molding is flushed and leveled properly with the tops panel of the wainscot.

Construct your own panels:

Wainscot installed by a person

Contractor installing Wainscot

Gather the materials needed for the construction of your won panels. You’ll need 1/5 plywood for the back, 5 lumbers for the stiles, 6 lumbers for the baseboard and 3 lumbers for rails. You are needed to cut the lumber by using a saw. There are many other tools necessary for the process too.

Prepare the walls and the sections of the home for installing the wainscot. Remove any existing skirt mold, baseboard or chair rails observed. And start with the process of installing the panel needed for wainscot.

And similarly follow the instruction stated above. The steps are not different only the starting up preparation differs from each other. At the end of the process, apply the final touch by painting it will and here you go with best type of wainscot at your home.

Know all about raised panel wainscoting

Installing raised panel wainscoting

Raised panel wainscoting in home

Raised panel wainscoting will prove to be a great idea of decorating your home. The best part is that you do not require spending huge amount of money. There are many who want to use the similar type of wainscoting for the entire house. Some interior designers however, prefer varied types of raised panel wainscoting for rooms in the house.

You need to hire an experienced carpenter to install raised panel wainscoting in the best possible manner. You may also do it on your own to reduce the cost of installation. The installation process is not hard. You would be surprised to know that just little tips in hand will let you install the wainscoting. You would require keeping certain tips handy such as compressor nail gun, stud finder, miter saw, chalk line, and measuring tape. Wainscoting is usually created of varied types of wood. However, a little research on your part will help you get it in other materials such as marble, bead board, molded tin, stone, plaster, and a lot more.

Wainscoting on stairs of home

wainscoting on the stairs

After you are done with installation of raised panel wainscoting on your wall, you are definitely going to love your wall. But if you have any other plans of decorating it or making it look better then you have the option of painting your wall with raised panel wainscoting. Painting your wall with raised panel wainscoting is not difficult, you can also do it yourself, if you wish to. However if you think there is a risk in painting your wall with raised panel wainscoting then you don’t need to worry about it as you are always open with the option of painting your wall again. Hence if you are having the opinion that painting your wall with raised panel wainscoting by yourself will ruin your wall then you don’t have to worry about it at all.

The main part of getting success when you want to paint raised panel wainscoting wall is doing the preparation work efficiently. This is the part where most of your time is spent. There are four sides of raised panel wainscoting which must be outlined with a single piece of trim which must be sealed with a caulk before you even start to paint. By doing so, you will be able to prevent any gaps which can play a major part in ruining the whole look of your wall. Start with cleaning the raised panel wainscot wall then prime it and then go for sanding it. This will ensure that the paint will adhere properly on the wall. Applying two coats of qualitative enamel paint will help you to finish up the job in a very professional manner. Here is a simple and easy stepwise method to guide you as to how to paint a wall with raised panel wainscoting.

Tips to paint wall with raised panel wainscoting

  • Tips for Painting raised panel wainscoting

    Painting raised panel wainscoting

    The first step which you should do while painting raised panel wainscoting wall is to move out each and every piece of furniture away from the wall which is being painted or move outlet covers and also remove any pictures from the wall. After that start recessing the exposed nail heads by making use of a hammer and a nail set. Fill up the nail holes by using vinyl spackling and then after that wipe the excess spackling with a clean and damp cloth.

  • The second step of painting raised panel wainscoting by using a degreasing cleaner for removing the grease and dirt. Let the wall dry totally after such cleaning. If it is not allowed to dry properly, chances are there of moisture issues prevailing on your wall.
  • The third step is to mask up the wall which is adjacent to the trim having painters tape. After that put a piece of tape on the electrical outlets. This will prevent the electrical outlet from getting painted and chances of electric shock will also be reduced. Don’t forget to tape up the floor which is adjacent to the baseboard. Also cover up the floor with damp clothes to protect the floor from getting painted. This will also reduce your cleaning work after the job is completed.
  • Pour up your primer with the paint pail and then make use of 2 inch angled paintbrush for cutting in or even outlining the bottom and top edges of the trim or even the chair rails on the top of the panels. Cut the baseboard in the top and bottom edges. Take the paint brush and add up a coat of primer to it and also to the trim and also to each and every recessed area into the panel. Cut up the wainscot panel by using the primer. Smooth the drips out and then it with the paint brush.
  • The next step is to pour up the primer in a paint pan and then dip a synthetic mini roller sized 6 inch in the primer. Start rolling it forth and back over the grid lines for distributing primer in an even manner. You can also use roller for making application of coat of primer to the panel’s body. Let the primer get dry for the specified time period suggested by the manufacturer.
  • Sand up the raised panel wainscot by making use of fine grit sanding block. This will help to remove the raised area of the wood grains which are brought by the primer. Try to sand the panels face very lightly by following the direction of grain by making use of the wide area of the sanding block. Make use of sanding blocks side for getting access of the recessed area of penal. For getting access to small grooves, you can fold up the piece of fine grit sandpaper. Keep sanding the trim and even the wainscot till the surface of it is totally smooth. Make sure you are not removing the primer while doing so.
  • Clean up both the trim and the panel by using a clean cloth and also make sure to remove the sanding dust. Make use of the vacuum for removing the fine dust from the little corners.

Beautify your Home with Cool Wallpapers


Home dewcor with blue colored wallpaper

Blue colored wallpaper for home decor

Wall papers can make your home look really beautiful. These wallpapers are attractive. Imagine decorating your kitchen with beautiful pink or green color. This will make your home look outstandingly beautiful. The best part is that these wallpapers are available in many designs, patterns and colors. All you require doing is to know which particular  pattern and color will suit the existing décor of your home.

Wall papers look really beautiful with wooden furniture and flooring. Another wonderful thing about using wall papers to decorate home is that you can get these in many sizes. You would also find beautiful matching borders. You would find wallpapers to decorate your ceilings and walls. Make double sure that these wall papers are removable. This will help you get different wallpapers for different occasions. A little research online will let you get the best and the most suitable wallpapers for your home.

Applying Venetian Plaster

Applying Venetian plaster on walls

Application of venetian plaster

Venetian plasters are fantastic. These are attractive and work towards giving you an antique feel. It was during the era of 1500s, the Venetian plasters came in to use. These plasters look stunning plasters and were named as “Stucco Veneziano”. The plaster was widely used in by the affluent in Venice to decorate houses. The Venetian Plasters are created using different ingredients with the main ingredients being marble and lime. These days, pigment binders and acrylic are widely used to prepare Venetian plasters.

Applying Venetian plasters will make your house look beautiful. These are also known to be very durable and sturdy. In fact, these plasters are known to be sturdier than marbles. This is because these are created via mixing several materials such as calcium hydroxide, powder mix, and slaked lime.

It is important to acquire certain skills to apply Venetian plasters. You may also get pre-mixed plasters. These will make your task easier.

Plaster Repair

Homeowner repairing plaster

Plaster repair by homeowner

Plaster repair is really important for a house. Plaster is known to be a durable material. This is indeed a sensible step when it comes to beautifying a home. Plaster is a great material to fill any marks and holes on the wall. However the problem with plaster is that these can easily develop cracks with time. Hence it is important to repair these cracks. Here are some tips on expert plaster repair tips:

Here are some useful steps on how to repair major cracks in plaster:

Tip 1: You need to keep all important things handy. This will make the repair process easy. You would require plaster of Paris, knife, paint brushes, paint, trowel, vacuum cleaner, primer, and sandpaper.

Tip 2: Use utility knife to eliminate loose plaster. Widen the gap via turning the knife.

Tip 3: Mix the accurate amount of plaster with water. Wet the crack using wet paintbrush and apply plaster-of-paris. Use trowel and smooth the surface. Let it dry for 24 hours.

Tip 4: Once dry, sand patch gently via using sandpaper.

House Roofing Tips

Roofer working on roof

Roofing contractor working on roof

House roofing can prove to be a real headache especially if you do not know  a thing about it. If you want the process to sail smooth, it is important to keep some expert tips handy. Here are some tips to help you out in this.

Tip One: It is important to hold nail in the palm up position when you nail metal flashings with hand. This means that the nail should rest between the middle finger and pointing finger. You need to give the nail light taps. This will help pierce the metal. Now get the hand out and drive the nail in.

Tip Two: Once you are comfortable with the nail holding procedure, it is time to take many nails on your palm together when nailing. This will allow you to finish your task off at a faster pace.

Tip Three: During the installation of drip edge, you need to tack the metal on via using some of the nails 10 foot piece.

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