Wainscoting in the Bathroom: DIY Project
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With a warmer season ahead, it is the perfect time for many to get renovations checked off their to-do list.
Full renovations are the more expensive route and take quite a bit of time but many of the updates can be done DIY, do it yourself. Home renovation shows have assisted in inspiring homeowners and renters to DIY kitchen + bath projects, saving lots of money, creating beautiful designs and memories, and learning new crafts in the process. One specific DIY project we are here to provide tips and tricks is applying wainscoting to your bathroom, so keep reading!
Here is a quick list of supplies for what you’ll need before kick-starting this project. Check with your local hardware store for any specific questions or products!
- Tape Measure
- to ensure dimensions are correct
- Standard Level
- to confirm everything is straight and leveled.
- Claw hammer
- to fasten the nails
- cut the panels and rails (use caution)
- MDF: medium-density fibreboard is recommended for bathrooms because of the moisture
- Wood Adhesive
- this will stick the wainscoting to the wall
- Specialty Nails & Nail Gun
- to secure panels
- to cover any holes or nails
- Primers & Mildew-Resistant Coating
- to prevent moisture damage to the wood
- Paint & Materials
- if wainscoting will be painted a specific color
When starting any project, it’s always important to know what information you need before beginning.
First things first, take your measuring tape and measure how high you want the panel to begin and the length of all the walls. Be sure to jot down or mark directly on the wall with a pencil or tape where the wainscoting will begin. You’ll also need a stud finder to ensure secure installation, mark those when found with a pencil or tape.
Next, you’ll need to remove any outlet covers, pre-existing molding, and anything else found on the bottom portion of the walls.
Install the bottom baseboards with adhesive and finishing nails to secure. Turn to your wainscoting and cut any holes needed for outlets and cut the panel to the size needed, previously marked on the wall. Ensure the wall is smooth and readily prepped.
It’s also great to prime the panel before installation and it will be ready for paint at the end of the installation.
The first step to install after the prep has been accomplished is installing the vertical stile with adhesive which is the corner between two walls. Installing this first will make installing the additional panels much easier.
Afterward, take the adhesive and apply to the back of the wainscoting panel.
Apply the adhesive to the back of the wainscoting panel and follow up with finishing nails. Once all the panels are firmly secured on the wall, the final piece is the top or chair rail which lays directly above the top of the wainscoting. This is the exact same process as the panel, adhesive then finishing nails.
Now that all your pieces are installed, take caulk and smooth over any nails or nicks done to the panel. When completed, either paint the wainscoting with a clean white for a fresh look or an accent color for your bathroom. Beadboard is a form of wainscoting and installation is relatively similar but the styles are different. Congratulations on completing your DIY project!
Accenting Your Wainscoting
Now that you have a beautiful wall design in your bathroom, it’s time to find any faucet or accessory updates to accent it!
Kingston has an assortment of bathroom faucets, fixtures, and accessories. Some faucets that could offer charm to your bathroom’s wainscoting are widespread faucets and clawfoot tub faucets.
Wainscoting can be used with many different design styles from traditional to farmhouse to your own unique theme. Some accessories that can subtly accent wainscoting are toilet paper holders, shelving, and soap dispensers. Check out Kingston’s products to add to your bathroom’s update!