Expert How-to; Wainscot a Wall with Tin with Beautiful Results!

Sheetrock Problem …Wainscot Solution

A durable wainscot recently became a necessity in my 13 year old son’s room. Apparently, he is a very rambunctious sleeper and ended up knocking 2 HUGE holes in the sheetrock where his feet and knees tend to be.

Durable = metal and here on the homestead, we tend to use that stuff a bunch! Therefore, we decided to do a corrugated tin wainscot in his sleeping nook.

Wainscot a Wall

Step 1

For the first step, we removed all the trim that was in the way. Then we measured and marked the sheetrock that needed to be removed. We chose a 4 foot length. This is a good length for two reasons. For one, it spans the necessary distance where his feet and knees tend to go through the walls. Two, with the 12 foot lengths of tin, we waste nothing!

Step 2

In the second step we cut the sheetrock. My husband got in on this job pretty heavy and he went straight to the saws-all. It definitely makes quick work of sheetrock. However, if you don’t have one, you can cut sheetrock with a good box knife fairly easily.

Step 3

In the third step we pulled off all of the sheetrock and any bad insulation. (It’s not a bad idea to replace any worn insulation when you have an opportunity.) This is where Logan (the sleep kicker) got in on the process. He used multiple huge trash bags to clean up all that mess.

Step 4

Next, once we got all of the mess cleaned out of the way, we had to install additional nailers (framework used to stabilize the sheetrock and for nailing off the trim). We put them on the bottom and the top of the work area. My husband cut them to length and attached them with 3 inch screws.

Step 5

During the fifth step in the process, we cut the tin to length and installed it. It is pretty easy to cut tin with a grinding wheel, as we show in the photographs. The installation is very straightforward. We used self tapping screws with a wide head to hold it all together, placing screws all along the top and bottom as well as a few in the middle across studs.

Step 6

Finally, the last part of the process to wainscot a wall is finishing with trim. We trimmed it all out with stained 1×4 furring strips on top, bottom and in the corners. This covers the sharp edges, consequently giving it a finished, well put together look.

I really love the way it turned out and my son thinks it’s soooo cool! Therefore, that’s a win for mom! Now, if he kicks through these walls, I’m going with 1/2 inch steel next time. *eyes rolling….

I would love to hear what you think about this project! Have you tried it or would you like to wainscot a wall? Let me hear from you!

And if you would like to see any of our other building projects, check these out:

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A Life on the Farm


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  1. BrenJanuary 15, 2022
    • farmamyJanuary 15, 2022

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