DIY Wainscoting is a classy way to add interest and texture to the walls in any room of your house. Did you know that the use of wainscoting dates back to the 13th century? That is when the Dutch used wainscoting on the bottom portion of walls to protect them from dents and other damage caused by furniture, riding boots, and other hazards. Wainscoting was also used to hide water damage. Today’s post has some amazing DIY wainscoting ideas you can use in every room of your house.
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Here’s an example of a fully paneled wall. This is a DIY project that anyone can do! It was completed with some 1/2″ thick sheets of 4’x8′ MDF, cut into 4″ wide strips. The cut strips are 8′ long. It’s a good idea to paint the wall white, then nail up your wainscoting. Once you’re finished, paint everything in a uniform color. This particular wall is painted in a white semi-gloss interior latex the same color as the trim in the rest of the house.
If you start with the previous project and panel an entire wall in MDF strips, this is what you will get if you take extra time and add MDF trim. Instead of the contemporary look of the first, you get a more elegant look. The simple addition of some trim makes such a big difference in the finished look, but both are equally beautiful in their own right.
Seven foot tall wainscoting in this heightened entryway with 14′ ceilings adds so much interest to the space! Can you imagine if the walls were plain? The addition of the wainscoting here is an excellent example of the architectural interest and extra structure that wainscoting brings to a room.
DIY wainscoting is a genius way to hide elements of the wall that have to be there, but don’t look so great. For example, wainscoting disguises the plumbing access in this wall application.
Here’s an example of what you can do with beadboard wainscoting. It looks simply beautiful in this bathroom application!
Add wainscoting to a stair wall to instantly elevate the style of the entire space, in this case a foyer. If you’re willing to engage in a little bit of angular math, this is completely doable!
For more information on any of the DIY wainscoting ideas featured in this post, just click the following links:
Remodelaholic DIY paneled wall tutorial
Rambling Renovators DIY paneled wall + trim
Remodelaholic grand entryway
Remodelaholic hide an eyesore with wainscoting
Simple Beautiful Home beadboard wainscoting
Impatiently Praying for Patience foyer + stair wall wainscoting