Living Room Wainscoting
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Install Wainscoting

For a room revamp that brings dimension and lasting value to plain walls, nothing beats a traditional wainscot of richly layered wood panels. How they're put together may seem inscrutable to the average DIYer, but once you peel back the layers of this architectural onion, you'll find that each step is plenty doable, if a bit tricky at times. You can get the look by layering stock lumber and moldings to produce the architectural element.

For full step-by-step instructions, shopping list, and tools list, see How to Install Wainscoting.
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