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How to Install Wainscoting on a Bullnose Corner

Installing wainscoting on flat surfaces is straightforward: simply ensure appropriate wall measurements are made, transfer those measurements to the wainscoting and properly secure the wainscoting to the wall.

Rounded wainscoting will lend a seamless look to a wall.

Things You Will Need

  • Fabric measuring tape
  • Pencil
  • Table saw
  • Water
  • Sponge
  • Hammer
  • Nails

Installing wainscoting on flat surfaces is straightforward: simply ensure appropriate wall measurements are made, transfer those measurements to the wainscoting and properly secure the wainscoting to the wall.  The task is more complex when installing wainscoting on bullnose corners; the process, however, is similar to bending drywall around a corner.

  1. Measure the height of wainscoting for the corner.
  2. Measure the width of the wainscoting to fit around the corner with a fabric measuring tape.
  3. Cut the wainscoting to the appropriate length and width.
  4. Make horizontal cuts halfway into the back of the wainscoting. The cuts should begin and end a half inch from the sides of the wainscoting. Space the cuts at 2-inch intervals.
  5. Dampen the sponge with warm water and press the sponge into the back of the piece of wainscoting. Coat the entire back with water, and allow the water to soak in for a few minutes.
  6. Press the wainscoting into the corner while it's still wet and bend it around the corner. The water allows the wainscoting to bend.
  7. Nail the wainscoting in place while it's still wet. The piece will retain its bent shape as it dries.
  8. Tip

    Work quickly once the wainscoting is wet. Do not allow the wainscoting to dry before you attach it to the corner.

Things You Will Need

  • Fabric measuring tape
  • Pencil
  • Table saw
  • Water
  • Sponge
  • Hammer
  • Nails

Tip

  • Work quickly once the wainscoting is wet. Do not allow the wainscoting to dry before you attach it to the corner.

About the Author

Based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Jordan Whitehouse has been writing on food and drink, small business, and community development since 2004. His work has appeared in a wide range of online and print publications across Canada, including Atlantic Business Magazine, The Grid and Halifax Magazine. Whitehouse studied English literature and psychology at Queen's University, and book and magazine publishing at Centennial College.

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