Faux Wainscoting Ideas

Oct 15th

Faux wainscoting can add a certain appeal to an area. It can provide the refined yet rustic appeal to a room. It can compensate bright areas and it can link up with others. There are few projects that are better adapted to the changing look of a room than panels. However, lining up a staircase to be challenging.

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Measure the distance from the floor at the foot of the stairs to the roof. If you have a sloping roof that rises to the staircase, it will be much easier to finish the faux wainscoting, but the lack of such ceilings should not be a problem. Measure and cut the first part of the panels to fit this, keeping it 1/8 inch from the floor. Measure where you want the panels to stop and snap a chalk line to make sure you have a straight end.

Apply construction adhesive to the back of the cut faux wainscoting and attach it to the wall with finishing nails. Make sure that this piece is level and are in the best position because it will serve as your foundation for the pieces to follow. Measure and cut the next piece and apply it the same way.

Measure the height of the step and the size of each lip of the stage. There will inevitably come a point where you have to cut a notch in one of the boards to fit around the stairs. Remember to leave a 1/8 inch gap between the panel and the staircase. After applying the panels to the top, measure the rise and run of all steps, including any lips.