DIY Wainscoting Panels

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DIY Wainscoting Panels
DIY Wainscoting Panels
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Want to give your walls a new look without spending too much money? Try this tutorial for DIY Wainscoting Panels that will give your walls a major face lift without taking too much time or money! You will be amazed by how incredible your home will look with this simple transformation and you can stand proudly knowing that you have done it all on your own. This project includes pictures and notes for textured walls, so if you are a beginner this will help you too!

Estimated Cost$21-$30

Time to CompleteIn an evening


History of Wainscoting

Believe it or not, wainscoting is actually one of the oldest wall decoration ideas in history that is still popular. Dating back to 16th century England, its origins weren’t as glamorous as it is today. More out of necessity, it was traditionally used to prevent dampness and to keep the cold air out. It also served as a wall shield against chair marks or scratches. Wooden boards were nailed vertically to the lower portions of stone walls. In the 1900s, using wainscoting in dining rooms became increasingly popular. These were made of heavy cloth rather than wood, and came up higher on walls than their predecessors. Today, people use a variety of materials for wainscoting panels. Wainscoting is used for decoration to transform any room in the house, and white wainscoting is currently a booming trend. It’s even chosen by parents because it’s easier to clean up finger paints and crayons, so in some ways it’s still used for protective measures!

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I think this is a simple way to dress up a wall and is very attractive. I don't live in the type of home that this type of wall treatment would work, but I think of those in a newer home that lacks architectural detail would welcome a lovely way to add some interest to an otherwise plain wall. I have seen other tutorials on a taller wainscoting, but I think I like this version shown here is perfect for this space. Good idea and well executed.


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