placing a board behind the bottom of the Lincrusta wainscot panel and trimming away excess with a straightedge and a utility knife
Photograph: Kolin Smith

Step 9: Trim Away the Excess

Slide a piece of hardboard behind the base of the panel, resting it against the wall as shown to create a hands-free cutting surface. Align the bottom edge of a straightedge with the marks on each side of the panel. Use a utility knife with a fresh blade to score and cut the material on the waste side. Press the bottom edge of the panel onto the wall, and smooth it down with the roller and a clean, damp cloth.

If you don't have a piece of hardboard handy, use a kitchen cutting board as a backer instead.

Install the additional panels. To fit the last panel of a run into the corner, repeat the procedure for measuring, cutting, and applying, as in Step 3.
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    Tools List

    • four-foot level
      4-foot level
    • Pencil
    • utility knife
      Breakaway utility knife with extra blades
    • 12-inch stainless steel ruler
      Metal ruler or straightedge
    • wallpaper smoother
      Smoothing tool for liner
    • j-roller
      Smoothing roller for panels
    • Natural-bristle chip brush
      4-inch chip brush for adhesives
    • synthetic brush
      2½-inch angled paintbrush
    • paintroller
      Roller frame with ½-inch-nap covers
    • grout sponge
    • hardboard
      Piece of hardboard that's at least 1 inch taller than base molding
    • caulk gun
      Caulk gun
    • eye goggles
      Safety goggles
    • miter saw
      Miter saw for chair rail
    • pneumatic brad nailer
      Pneumatic brad nailer gun for chair rail

    Shopping List

    Lincrusta Available through Lee Jofa, 800-453-3563

    Kraft paper

    Painter's tape

    Lint-free cloths

    Heavy-duty wallpaper liner

    Premixed vinyl wallpaper adhesive

    Clay-based adhesive for panels

    Odorless mineral spiritsLatex gloves

    Vinyl or acrylic adhesive caulk

    Universal acrylic primer-sealer

    Latex paint. Get an eggshell base color and a matte highlight color.

    2-inch brad nails for chair rail

    Wood filler for chair rail

    Fine-grit sandpaper for chair rail