Before You Begin
Measure the room and then use the free software or design service at NewEnglandClassic.com to determine how much material is needed.
Then prepare the room by laying out the panels and stiles along the walls to determine how they will be aligned.
Locate any electrical outlets and follow the manufacturer's instructions about having an electrician reposition or remove them. Before you begin installing the wainscoting turn off the electricity to the room. Then follow the manufacturer's detailed instructions to install the wainscoting. Here's an overview of the installation process.
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Step 1 : Install the base rail
Begin by installing the baseboard. Use a carpenter's level to adjust the baseboard so it is straight. Any gap between the baseboard and floor can be covered up by the base shoe molding. Installl the style at one end of the wall.
Step 2 : Slip panels into bottom rail
Slip the panels into the groove at the top of the bottom rail. Apply a few dabs of adhesive on the back of the panels just to hold them in place as you move.
Step 3 : Overlap stiles at outside corner
At an outside corner of a wall, the stiles overlap to form a neat, rounded over edge.
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