By Gene and Katie Hamilton, Tribune Media Services
Do It Yourself or Not?
9:30 AM EDT, September 30, 2013
A beadboard wainscot will create a room with instant warmth and charm. While original beadboard was a thick wall cladding of tongue-and-groove boards, today you can use a lighter beadboard that comes in 4-by-8-sheets of 1/4-inch thick panels. To add the charm of a plate rail wainscot, cut the panels about 4 or 5 feet high and finish with a deep cap rail to hold decorative items. To create a chair rail, the wainscot should be about 3 feet high and capped with a chair rail molding. This is a nice way to protect wall surfaces in a dining area, where chairs can damage walls as they're pushed away from the table.
A carpenter will charge $3,255 to install 130 square feet of beadboard wainscoting capped with a chair rail molding in a 10-by-12-foot room. If you have carpentry skills and tools, you can buy the material for $1,200 and do it yourself and save 63 percent. The beadboard can be fastened to the wall with construction adhesive, or on furring strips nailed to the wall. To finish the wainscot, plan to sand it lightly before priming and apply two coats of paint.
For more information and instructions, go to http://www.newenglandclassics.com.
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Pro Cost Diy Cost Pro time Diy Time Diy Savings Percent Saved
Pro Cost -- DIY Cost -- Pro time -- DIY Time -- DIY Savings -- Percent Saved
$3,255 -- $1,200 -- 26.3 -- 35.0 -- $2,055 -- 63 Percent
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