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How to Install Picture Frame Wainscoting with Video!

Install Picture Frame Wainscoting for a classic, beautiful look you’ll love!

Hi guys. I’ve nearly finished our full Master Bathroom Remodel. Yay! This update to the water closet is one of the last projects.

But it made such a huge improvement to this boring and drab little room. And, it was actually pretty easy. Here’s how to install picture frame wainscoting, including a project video to help you get this project done.

Here’s a couple before photos to show you where this room started. I’ve wanted to give this little room a new pretty look for years. I’m so glad it’s finally done. I really love the new look. 🙂

A small water closet in a Master Bathroom.
This room was originally boring and basically just functional. But, I wanted every bit of this Master Bathroom to be pretty. 🙂

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The only thing in this room was the cabinet and toilet. I decided wainscoting would added beautiful timeless style to this small room. And, it’s a pretty easy DIY.

How To Install Picture Frame Wainscoting Video

In this video I show you the moulding I used and why I went with this design. Plus tips on install and layout.

How to Install Picture Frame & Chair Rail Molding - Easy DIY Installation Steps

What you need to Install Picture Frame Wainscoting

  • Miter Saw
  • Brad Nailer and Brad Nails
  • Construction Adhesive
  • Moulding, shown in video
  • Paintable Caulk and Damp Rag
  • Wood Filler and Sanding Block
  • Paint to match your baseboards and a Good Brush

Install Tips and Pictures

I used a pencil, level and tape measure to mark the height of the moulding and where the corners of the frames should be. I put my frames about 6″ away from the top, sides, and bottom.

Pencil Marks on wall to mark where to place moulding.

Painting the wall before installing the moulding is much easier than after.

Chair Rail Moulding cut with a Miter Saw.

To make perfectly square picture frames, cut the opposite sides of the squares the exact same length.

I always use wood filler on nail holes in moulding because it can be sanded smooth. Then I use caulk where the moulding meets the walls and wipe that smooth with a damp rag. If you’re new to DIY wood trim check out this post for tips on where to use caulk or wood filler on wood trim. 

Plan the layout of your moulding before starting to try to avoid things like light switches, vents, radiators, etc. Side note: I shared tips for installing that beautiful Marble Tile Shower last month. I’m so in love with it.

Pictures of the Finished Wainscoting

And here’s the final result. I’m so glad I did this update. It’s a beautiful little room now that matches the style and design of the Master Bathroom.

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I always think wall moulding adds so much elegance and drama to a room. 🙂

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And that traditional wainscot works perfectly with that traditional marble too.

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That’s it for my How To Install Picture Frame Wainscoting tutorial. Thanks for stopping by. Be sure to follow along on Instagram to see the full Bathroom Remodel Reveal, coming soon.

See More DIY Projects from this Master Bathroom Remodel

UPDATE: The Master Bathroom is finished. Check out the finished Bathroom or any of these DIY projects from the remodel.

Want to see another huge makeover from this bathroom remodel? Check out what these cabinets look like in their new dark blue color.

Looking for more pretty Wall Moulding Options? Check out my DIY Board and Batten Tutorial here.

How to use Photo Canvases to create fun, personalized bedroom decor for a kids room. A Fun Photo Canvas Bedroom Decor Idea that gives warm, personalized style to the room. You can find cute decor for any room in your files. Just pick a great, high-quality print that brings back fun memories and have it printed on a Canvas. I had mine done by the Canvas Factory and the quality and look is as amazing as I'd hoped.

Feeling inspired? Now that you’ve seen my video for how to Install Picture Frame Wainscoting, you can get started. Let me know if you have questions.

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Julie Parnell

Tuesday 4th of June 2019

Wonderful tutorial, we have similar in our family room and after reading your post I feel confident we can add this in our dining room too! Thank you!


Wednesday 5th of June 2019

You can totally do this, Julie. Good luck! :)

Katy M.

Friday 31st of May 2019

Such a great tutorial! Pinned! We just started a new link party called Handmade & Otherwise- stop by and join us!


Saturday 1st of June 2019

Thanks so much, Katy. I'll be sure to stop by. :)


Thursday 30th of May 2019

Wow! Beautiful! This was a great tutorial!


Saturday 1st of June 2019

Thanks. It's so easy too. :)

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