How to install wainscoting {nursery update}


I’m so excited to finally get this post up. I have no idea why it’s taken me so long. We finished it over 6 months ago. It’s probably because this room is near impossible to photograph. lol! You may remember the board and batten tutorial from last year. This is a similar project, just more jazzed up. ;) Today I’m going to show you how to install wainscoting the easy way. It doesn’t have to be difficult. Grab a buddy, borrow some tools and get to work! It can totally change the entire look of a room. P.S. You can find out how to paint stripes on the wall too.


Supplies needed:

  • Beadboard panels
  • MDF Board
  • Base board
  • Ply wood
  • Shelf brackets
  • Power grip caulking
  • Nail gun
  • Paint
  • Tape

install wainscoting

1. The first thing you will need to do is get your bead board panels cut down at Lowes, unless you have the right tools. Make sure you know your measurements before you go. Also if you’re just getting a few cuts, it’s free! You will also need to cut out a space for outlets. We did this with a jigsaw.

2. Apply power grab across the backside of the panel and place it right on top of the baseboard. Have one person holding the panels while the other nails down the corners. Some only use one or the other, but we like to use both the power grab and nails… just in case. ;)

how to install wainscoting

3. Repeat step 2 with the second board. Make sure they line up. :)

install beadboard wainscoting

4. Place power grab on the baseboard and put it on top of the wainscoting. We placed tape on to hold the board in place.

5. Use the caulking to fill in any gaps.

how to install shelves

5. On top of the base board we placed a thin sheet of plywood (4). Again, we got the wood cut down at Lowes and then glued it up with power grab and put a nail in each corner. We only did this because we have textured walls and I wanted to create a smooth look. If you had flat walls, you could probably skip this step.

6. Then we attached the shelf brackets (found at IKEA) and put the MDF board (1) on top of those. We placed power grab on top of the shelf brackets so the top shelf would hold in place. Then we secured the top shelf with a few nails.

7. It was still missing something so I added the corner piece of molding (2) with power grab.

8. Then I taped everything off and gave it a few coats of paint (Swiss Coffee in satin finish).

crystal knobs

A few days later I thought it would be fun to add some crystal knobs so we could hang Emmalyn’s hair bows up. I found a variety of knobs from Hobby Lobby at 50% off. All we did was drill a hole into the wainscoting and then screw in the knobs. This TOTALLY made the whole room come together. I LOVE how it turned out! Totally worth the extra $30. :)

girl nursery

Now all her hair bows have a place to go. I also hung her cute slip up too. Remember that from here?

diy projects

Here’s a shot with the DIY lamp and armoire (check out the amazing makeover here).

I really love how it all came together. Emmalyn’s room is by far my favorite room in our house! Come by tomorrow for the full reveal!

Thanks for reading! Have a great day! xo

**UPDATE: You can find the FULL nursery reveal HERE.**

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Jamielyn Nye

Creative director and founder of I Heart Naptime. Jamielyn aspires to reach women, get their creative juices flowing, and to genuinely inspire. When she’s not creating, Jamielyn loves to chase her three little monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.

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  1. Jennie Larsen posted on April 17, 2012 at 8:25 am (#

    I LOVE IT ALL! My fav. is the knobs so pretty. GREAT JOB.. and to hubby too. WINKS, jen

    • Jamielyn posted on April 17, 2012 at 11:34 pm (#

      AH thanks Jennie! My hubs was a sport during the whole makeover. :) See you THURSDAY!

  2. Allyson posted on April 17, 2012 at 11:45 am (#

    I love the way this looks! So cute.


    • Jamielyn posted on April 17, 2012 at 11:30 pm (#

      Thank you Allyson! xo

  3. Kelsey Bang posted on April 17, 2012 at 8:51 am (#

    what a super cute room! I like all the fun knobs to hang her close and the hot pink accents! hot pink is the best! great job!

    • Jamielyn posted on April 17, 2012 at 11:33 pm (#

      Thanks Kelsey! I agree, hot pink is the BEST! Can’t wait to see you this weekend! xo

  4. Kate @ Chic on a Shoestring Decorating posted on April 17, 2012 at 12:24 pm (#

    Just darling!! I love it all, nice job! :)

    • Jamielyn posted on April 17, 2012 at 11:28 pm (#

      Thanks so much Kate! :)

  5. Ashley posted on April 17, 2012 at 10:28 am (#


    • Jamielyn posted on April 17, 2012 at 11:32 pm (#

      Thanks for commenting Ashley! Have a great night! xo

  6. Autumn Fauver posted on April 17, 2012 at 10:38 am (#

    You are so talented! I absolutely love your style and you made this room look like a million bucks dream room! I can’t wait until My husband & I buy a house so we can do some of the projects you have done in your home to make it so lovely!

    • Jamielyn posted on April 17, 2012 at 11:32 pm (#

      Ah, Thank you so much Autumn! You’re so sweet! xoxo

  7. Rebecca Cooper posted on April 17, 2012 at 10:39 am (#

    so pretty jamielyn! :)

    • Jamielyn posted on April 17, 2012 at 11:30 pm (#

      Thanks for stopping by Rebecca! xoxo

  8. Natalie Brimhall posted on April 17, 2012 at 12:01 pm (#

    Oh my gosh, that is seriously the CUTEST baby room I have ever seen in my LIFE!!! Okay…off to check out the lamps and armoire makeovers!

    • Jamielyn posted on April 17, 2012 at 11:30 pm (#

      Thanks so much Natalie for commenting! Hope you have a great night! {hugs!}

  9. Michele posted on April 17, 2012 at 12:25 pm (#

    So cute! Love the knob idea! We just got a Hobby Lobby near us (well 45 minutes away but that is near when you live in the woods! LOL) and I have been dying to check it out! We are redoing my little girls room, Emma, in purples and that knob idea would be great! Can’t wait for the full reveal!

    • Jamielyn posted on April 17, 2012 at 11:27 pm (#

      Ooo you are going to love Hobby Lobby! Mine is only a mile away, so I go there quite often. It would probably be better if it was a little further. ;)

  10. Jessica @ Stay at Home-ista posted on April 17, 2012 at 1:40 pm (#

    Don’t you love nurseries? I actually hung a dress p on a hanger and put it on the closet door of my daughter’s nursery this morning, just so it would be *extra* cute. It makes me smile, even if she is too young to enjoy it.


    • Jamielyn posted on April 17, 2012 at 11:27 pm (#

      Yes nurseries are so much fun to decorate!! Thanks for commenting. xo

  11. Nicole posted on April 17, 2012 at 3:08 pm (#

    I LOVE that. LOVE. I am totally starting the project of overhauling the teenagers room… and think something similar to this would be awesome.

    And… I am totally in LOVE with that pink frame. DIY?

    • Jamielyn posted on April 17, 2012 at 11:26 pm (#

      Ah thank you Nicole! I would love to see what you do with your daughters room! YUP DIY frame. Got the frame from Cut It Out and then spray painted it pink. :) xoxo

  12. Angela S. posted on April 17, 2012 at 3:31 pm (#

    It looks so great! I love it!

    • Jamielyn posted on April 17, 2012 at 11:25 pm (#

      Thank you Angela! :)

  13. Karen At Home posted on April 18, 2012 at 4:39 am (#

    Thank you for this awesome tutorial! I have been wanting to do this in an area in our home and this is just what I needed! Your little girl’s room is adorable!

  14. Sarah Avila posted on April 18, 2012 at 6:56 am (#

    This is so precious! What a beautiful room! And it looks so easy!! Thanks for sharing!

  15. Kate @ A Creative Cookie posted on April 21, 2012 at 8:43 pm (#

    I just LOVE this room! Those knobs to hang headbands, tutus, etc. are just ADORABLE!

    • Jamielyn posted on April 23, 2012 at 10:30 pm (#

      Thanks so much Kate, I really appreciate it. XO

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