• Jen Bedard

DIY Wainscoting for Every Skill Level

Updated: Dec 6, 2019


Wainscoting is a beautiful way to upgrade a home, but having it done professionally can run you tens of thousands of dollars. For so many people, a professional wainscoting job just isn’t in the cards, or if it is, that money could be much better spent on other, more vital upgrades. That’s why I’ve put together three methods of DIY wainscoting for you to look at, available for all skill levels so that you can find the right one for you!

(I’ve even got one so easy, kids could probably do it!)

The Traditional DIY

Below is a traditional method for adding DIY wainscoting to your home. It will require a little bit of know-how and a few tools - namely a saw and a level - but it’s easy enough for you to do without breaking the budget! Remember, if you get confused, the experts at your local hardware store (I recommend Home Hardware) can often give you a product recommendation or help you figure out how much of a product you need, so don’t be afraid to ask them!

  1. Measure the wall you want to cover. Using a measuring tape, decide how much wainscoting you want, what size your frames will be, and how far apart you want them to be spaced. Keep this information with you when you go to the hardware store.

  2. Visit the hardware store. Buy appropriate amounts of moulding for the wainscoting, and chair rail, if you so desire. If you aren’t sure how much to buy, ask a hardware store associate

  3. Cut the moulding and make the frames, using a saw to cut the moulding on a 45-degree angle. Square it up as evenly as possible.