Wainscoting Feature Wall

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We originally planned on doing a wall paper accent wall in our den but ultimately decided on a wainscoting feature wall. We thought it would give the room a more timeless, classic feel. We also added crown molding. This is not traditional wainscoting with a raised panel. We just painted the wall between the boards instead of using a raised panel. Once we decided to do a wainscoting feature wall we had to determine the pattern. We thought a wall of squares would be too repetitive so we decided to use a combination of large and small rectangles. To determine the exact pattern I took the dimensions of the wall and worked through some different spacing options. Once I determined the spacing, I drew the pattern on the wall. This took some additional time, but it was worth it to get a visual of the final project because seeing it on paper is completely different than seeing it on the wall. It also made it easier to calculate how much material I would need as well as if outlets will be an issue. Outlets should be in the center of a board or not touching a board at all.

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Shopping List

(10) 1" x 4" x 8' F/J primed poplar
(2) 1" x 8" x 16' F/J primed poplar
(18) 3/4" x 3/4" x 10' poplar cove moulding
(4) 5/8" x 4" x 16' F/J primed poplar single ripple baseboard
(4) 3/4" x 6-1/4" x 16' F/J primed poplar classic crown moulding
(2) 1-gallon containers of Sherwin Williams ProClassic Interior Waterbased Acrylic-Alkyd Enamel
(1) gallon container of Sherwin Williams Premium Wall & Wood Primer
(2) 9 oz. tubes of Loctite Power Grab Molding and Paneling Clear Construction Adhesive
(1) 10 oz. container of 950A Siliconized Acrylic Latex Caulk - white

Cut List

1" x 4"
(7) 88-1/2"
(8) 20-7/8"
(4) 20-3/4"

1" x 8"
(2) 149-1/2"

Cove Moulding
(24) 18"
(24) 20-7/8"
(12) 20-3/4"
(12) 45-1/2"

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