If you’ve ever seen raised panel cabinets, then you have an idea of what raised panel wainscoting looks like. Instead of simple paneling, the raised design offers more of a custom appearance with beveled edges. Here’s more info if your walls are in need of a little dressing-up.
The cost of installing raised panel wainscoting depends on the materials used. MDF, or medium density fiberboard, for example, will cost significantly less than natural hardwood. On average, however, raised panel wainscoting kits generally cost $150-$250. Get a free price quote for your project here.
While MDF (what raised panel wainscoting is normally constructed from) may not be as durable as natural hardwood, it is considered sufficiently durability. It won’t change its shape due to temperature differences and is also water-resistant—as long as it’s not subjected to a large amount of water over an extended period of time.
Wood paneling, MDF included, is generally very easy to maintain. Simply dust the paneling regularly and do a deep clean once in a while with a mixture of detergent and warm water. Always dry your paneling immediately.
The raised paneling installation kits normally include base and top rails, stiles (the vertical boards that separate the panels), panels, shoe molding, and the cap rail.
When installing, first determine your layout. You want to know before you begin how the stiles and panels are going to fit on the wall, and how they will line-up around electrical outlets. Once you know your layout, stain or paint the materials the desired color.
The next step is to install the base molding. Use a level to ensure the molding is level with the wall, as this will be your guide for the whole project.
After the base molding is nailed securely in place, install the stiles and panels, resting them on the base molding. Once all panels are in place, install the cap rail and shoe molding. Fill any holes and seams with caulking and touch up paint where needed.
Paneled wainscoting has been used in homes for over 200 years, and has just recently sparked renewed interest.
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