How to Install Oak Paneling | This Old House

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Over the years portions of the quartersawn oak paneling in the Arlington living room were covered to make room for shelves. Nick and Emily plan to paint the wood but they want the shelves removed and the wall panels to continue. Kevin O’Connor helps Tom Silva recreate the pattern of the wood panel.

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New oak paneling must go in where the old bookcases in the Arlington living room were removed. Kevin O’Connor helps Tom Silva salvage an oak panel at the back of one bookcase to reuse for the wall. Even though the panels will be painted, Tom wants to use the same type of wood so the grain will look consistent across the room. They tack oak plywood panels to the wall and then they need to redo the baseboard. Tom replaces it with a new one, cutting a hole for the electrical outlet. The styles get installed next. Tom assembles the top piece of the paneling on the bench and then attaches it to the wall. The wall paneling covers the space where the bookcases once were and now it’s all ready to be painted.

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