Wainscot kit?

tim022August 28, 2008

Thinking about doing a wainscot in a newly built entertainment room and saw a few web sites advertizing kits made out of MDF. I'm considering either Wall Panel or Flat Panel and would appreciate it if someone could tell me if they've used this type and how it looks finished. Also since the walls are newly sheetrocked, would i need the flat as opposed to wall panel? Or is flat panel a nicer look? I've perused my local HD and to me it looks cheezy. I'm looking to paint it so i'm not looking for high end.

Thanks in advance.

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Jon1270

Just out of curiosity, why would you want a kit? It's unlikely that the room's dimensions are a perfect match for the increments the kit parts come in, so some actual cutting and fitting seems inevitable, at which point it might be cheaper to just buy the necessary moldings and sheet goods separately. If it's going to painted, the skill of the installer probably has a bigger effect on how good it looks than the material does.

    Bookmark   August 28, 2008 at 10:02AM
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tim022

Thanks for your reply.
The kit contains 4-24x24 panels, 5 stiles, Upper/Lower Rail, cap, and shoe trim. My take is to lay out the full length and adjust either by trimming one panel or all to make the appropriate fit. An 8ft kit costs b/w 110.00 (wall) and 150.00 (flat) and not sure how this compares to buying separately.

    Bookmark   August 28, 2008 at 11:32AM
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eal51

Here's another option that I used.

Put up your chair rail. Then used decorative molding over your sheet rock for the box look. Much cheaper and easier to do. And it looks really good.

Your trim box is determined by the length of each wall. When you have your wall measurements, you can figure out exactly how larger to make each box. The eye will not be able to tell if a box on one wall is a little smaller (one inch) that another wall.

Once you prime the wood and paint it, nobody will know.

Enjoy the journey.
eal51 in western CT

    Bookmark   August 29, 2008 at 6:44PM
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tim022

Thanks eal51 - You wouldn't happen to have a picture would you? Thanks again...

    Bookmark   August 31, 2008 at 7:06AM
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