Rustic wainscot
Rustic wainscot

Wood paneling on interior walls is a good way to reduce plaster work, add contrast and warmth, and hide any irregular earthbag walls. Image above shows rustic wainscoting from Design the Space.

Just a few of many possible options:
– use recycled wood, possibly resawn to expose fresh wood
– mill your own wood from logging waste, tree trimming businesses, etc.
– use woods with decorative grain such as beetle kill or spalted maple (may be available at lower cost)
– create diagonal patterns
– incorporate colorful twigs and branches
– make custom trim with a router table
– make raised panels on a table saw
– buy paneling or plywood to speed the work
– wire wheel soft grain wood such as cedar to create an interesting rustic texture and/or rub in a background stain for special effect)

Wainscot trim samples
Wainscot trim samples

You can expand the range of options by making or buying special trim. The image above shows a sampling of decorative wainscot trim from The Blue Ox Mill.

4 thoughts on “Wainscoting”

  1. But what if you have a shortage of steel rod?

    (I’ve been using it to give “naysayers” a lobotomy…) ;)

    Sounds like an EASY way to add some charm and warmth to the old homestead…

    And.. I knew you’d sneak more plaster in… darn ya!

    Now, If I just had a hundred acres and a mule… :)

  2. Cool idea!

    Anything that makes plastering easier is a good thing!

    What’s the best way to affix the wainscoting “rails” to the earthbags?

    Wainscoting usually requires a base rail and an upper “chair rail” with your panels suspended between them.

    Can I run beadboard between those rails to simplify it even further (and even more cost-effectively)?

    Is there a “Geiger Guru Goodie” in here to simplify the work? :)

    Tell me the tips, Obiewan!


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