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Pine wainscoting in barn

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  • Pine wainscoting in barn

    I need some expert advice We're currently reno'ing our barn, we had knotty pine wainscoting installed, however the contractor did not put in a baseboard. Then gave me some bs that it goes over top! Anyways, how can I remove the wainscoting so that it can be reused?? Anyone have experiences with this?

  • #2
    Depending on the shape of the moldings you are using, putting the baseboard on top is normal too.

    Demo always depends on how stuff is installed. The panels will not be very strong, and beadboard in particular is very easy to break along the lines. They might just have a couple of nails in them and be possible to carefully remove with a wide flat pry bar, but if they were put over existing drywall they probably have construction adhesive behind them too and would be impossible to remove without breaking the panels and ripping up the drywall.


    • #3
      By putting the baseboard over the wainscotting- you are losing potential height... but since the boards are already up- I think whatever that height difference is might not be worth the effort of trying to carefully tear down and re-do. I think putting the baseboard over the bottom might be the way to go at this point. A lot of those boards are going to break when you go to pry them off- especially if they are nailed in like flooring boards- through a fine milled tongue.

      I did a DIY beadboard bath last summer and it was a kit- it looks great- but the panels (white) were very thin and I used liquid nails to glue them to the wall. The milled base and top moldings that were made to fit those panels also held them in place. If your knotty pine is thick like flooring- it would take a big fat custom baseboard (or spacer) to recieve the thickness of the pine boards in the same manner as my kit molding accepted the thin panels I used.

      I'm interested to see the finished results- or even the in-progress pics! It sounds beautiful!


      • #4
        It's been my experience that baseboards and molding go over the material. Sometimes there will be a dado in the back so as to permit the material to be set into the baseboard but most of the time it is just nailed right over the top. That goes for some furniture and cabinetry too. All the molding around my (admittedly cheap) windows is just nailed on to cover the joint between the paneling and the window itself.

        I've demo'd paneling before and as has been said you have to know if it got put on over some other material, over studs, or if they used some sort of adhesive.
        No advice regarding removing paneling that's had adhesive applied.

        If it hasn't and they put it on over studs, then you are going to have to just pop it off over the finish nails and a flat prybar works well for that. Tap the prybar in between the panel and the stud and go slowly. It can be a real bear depending on the thickness of the paneling. If it was screwed down then you'll have to back out each and every screw, and fill the screw holes once you put it back up. But at least you won't have to get behind it in the land of dirt and bugs and itchy insulation, which is where you'll be with your prybar.

        My rainer has beadboard in the barn aisle and in the indoor. It looks lovely in the barn and somewhat in the indoor - it's very hard to fill and repair in the event of a kick and get the beads to match up.

        I hope you are able to resolve your issue easily.
        Courageous Weenie Eventer Wannabe
        Incredible Invisible


        • #5
          You should call up that builder and apologize because, as everyone else here is mentioning, it's quite normal for baseboard to go over the top. I'd go so far as to say "standard" as opposed to just "normal."

          I've done those bead board kits in my bathrooms....as another poster said, they're as thin as can be, and you're just going to destroy them pulling them up.

          If it's actual board-thickness paneling, you can likely just pop the boards off with a crowbar.

          Me? I'd just leave it. The 6'' (or less!) you'll gain from raising it above the baseboard will not be worth the effort. Plus, if he's anything like me, knowing that the edges will be covered by the baseboard (as per usual), those edge cuts may not be so pretty to look at.