Painted Wainscoting with Hooks

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Dutch Boy® Platinum® Plus paint

Precut horizontal wooden boards (approximately 1" thick x 6" wide)

Precut vertical wooden boards (approximately 1" thick x 4" wide)

Decorative hooks

Angled paintbrush

Woven roller covers and roller frame

Paint tray and liners

Painter's tape

Latex caulk

Fine- to medium-grit sandpaper

Tape measure




Finishing nails


Drop cloth

Clean, damp cloth



STEP 1: Lay down the drop cloth to protect floors; remove existing baseboard; wipe wall with clean, damp cloth to prepare painting surface.

STEP 2: Using the tape measure, determine height for the top trim board by measuring up from the floor and lightly marking with a pencil; use the level and pencil to draw a horizontal line the length of the wall.

STEP 3: Affix painter's tape just above the horizontal line and any adjacent walls; apply pressure to tape to ensure tight seal with the wall.

STEP 4: Using the angled brush, apply paint just inside taped areas, then paint remaining area with the woven roller; remove painter's tape while paint is still damp; allow paint to dry 24 hours.

STEP 5: Prep wooden boards by lightly sanding any rough surfaces; wipe with clean, damp cloth to remove dust or debris.

STEP 6: Using the angled brush, paint all sides of each board; allow paint to dry completely.

STEP 7: Install baseboard to wall by inserting finishing nails with the hammer along the studs.

Tip: Use a stud finder to locate studs. If you don't have a stud finder, know that most light switches and outlets are attached to a stud, which are typically spaced 16 inches apart.

STEP 8: Install vertical boards along studs by aligning bottom of board flush with the baseboard; secure to the wall with finishing nails and hammer.

STEP 9: Install top horizontal board flush with the vertical boards; insert finishing nails along the studs.

STEP 10: Use latex caulk to fill in all nail holes and gaps; use the clean, damp cloth to smooth caulked surfaces and allow to dry.

Wall: Ground Coffee 406-7DB
Wainscoting: Swan White 024W