Monday, April 25, 2011

Full Wall Wainscot Paneling

This is a wall of paneling I installed in a condominium in the Broadripple area. The attached drawing was provided by the client. The image is of the raw wood paneling and taken before I had a cell phone with a decent camera. It is amazing how quickly technology advances, yet woodworking remains relatively similar thru the ages.


  1. I came across your blog while searching for full accent walls. What you build is exactly what I'm looking to have for the foyer of my house. In your opinion, could this be a DIY project?. If so, what are some tools and materials needed for this?. Your advise is greatly appreciated.


  2. Yes, this could be done as a DIY project. It is mostly all straight cuts for the 1x4 on the walls and 1x6 for the Base. In this instance, the 1x4s are nailed directly to the wall with the drywall exposed in the inner panels (usually painted a different color than the panels). Having a Miter Box (some call it a chop saw) and a nail gun/compressor will make the work go much quicker. The most difficult aspect is laying out all the panels:

    The top 1x4 and the Base 1x6 are ran first. The vertical 1x4s go on next with equal spacing. To figure this out you measure the length of the wall, figure up how many vertical 1x4s there are and multiply that number by 3.5 (the width of the 1x4s) then subtract this number from the overall wall measurement. This gives you the remaining space left between the 1x4s as a lump sum. Divide that number by the number of panels and you will have the width of each panel. Now mark out where each 1x4 and open space on the wall go to physically check the math.

    Use the same method for the horizontal 1x4s if you want them evenly spaced. I would suggest laying all of the lines out before attaching anything to the wall. A chalk line is good for the horizontal lines and a 4' level is good for the vertical lines.

    Attach each 1x4 to the wall with nails and glue. I typically run the verticals first and then the horizontals in between each verticle, essentially matching the above drawing.

    Hope this helps,


  3. Thank you so much for the information Doug!
    I was wondering however, if I would need to install the base if I'm not removing my baseboard. Could I just install the top and work out the panels without adding the base?