How to Paint Frames on the Wall

Wall frames are often referred to as wainscoting. Wainscoting is wood installed for decorative purposes and to protect the walls from damage. Many homeowners install "frames" on the wall instead of taking the time and expense to install true, full-panel wainscoting. Painting wainscoting frames can be difficult if you do not know how to start.

Things You'll Need

  • Wood putty
  • Fine-grit sandpaper
  • Vacuum
  • Tackcloth
  • Oil-based primer
  • Paintbrush
  • Caulk
  • Oil-based paint


    • 1

      Spread wood putty into the holes in the wood frame wainscoting on the wall with the tip of your finger. Smooth the putty as much as possible and allow it to dry.

    • 2

      Sand the wainscoting frames with fine-grit sandpaper. Lightly sanding the wainscoting frames will smooth the wood and prepare it for painting. Sanding the frames will also remove excess wood putty from the surface.

    • 3

      Vacuum the frames and use a tackcloth to remove excess dust.

    • 4

      Prime the wood frames with oil-based painting primer, using a paintbrush. Allow the primer to dry.

    • 5

      Spread a small bead of caulk on the wall frames and then smooth the caulk with your finger. Wait for the caulk to dry completely, usually 24 hours.

    • 6

      Sand the primed wood frames lightly, using fine-grit sandpaper. You do not want to remove the primer from the wood, but remove the brush strokes. Vacuum and wipe with a tackcloth.

    • 7

      Paint the wall frames with a paintbrush and oil-based paint. Allow the first coat to dry, then apply a second coat for even coverage. Allow the second coat of paint to dry for 24 to 48 hours.

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