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I’m looking to put wainscoting on the bottom 1/3 of a wall and wallpaper the top 2/3. Is there a recommended order in which to do this? My thinking was that if I put down wallpaper first, leaving maybe an extra inch on the bottom which the wainscoting would cover, the wallpaper won’t have a visible end seam. Not sure if it would actually work out though.

Lastly, I should mention that the wall has a small concave or bow inwards. It’s hard to see even if examined closely but since the wainscoting won’t be bent, there will be a gap between the wall and the top edge of the wainscoting which will need to be filled. This might play a factor in the order of things as well but that’s just a guess.

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  • Are you using a chair rail or other trim to cover the transition? – Kris Feb 6 at 15:41
  • @Kris - yes we do plan to have a chair rail. – JaredH Feb 6 at 23:26
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I put the wallpaper up first once and put the wood trim on top. When you go to change the paper you have to score it. That works. I am doing a project now and didn't buy enough wallpaper so am putting board and batten wainscoting up. Basically I don't think it matters which goes up first. But if I had a choice I would put up the wainscoting first. That way the wallpaper is easier to change.

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  • Thanks for your input. Having some time to think about it, I'm a bit concerned about messing up the wallpaper if I put it up first, as the process of installing the wainscoting might nick, scratch, etc the wallpaper if it's up before he wainscoting. – JaredH Apr 26 at 15:35

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