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Wainscoting

Definition: Wainscoting

Wainscoting is a type of paneling on interior walls that is applied to the lower three feet to five feet below the chair rail. It was originally meant to provide a damp-proof wall cover for poorly constructed or flood-endangered houses, but it is now mostly used for decorative purposes. Originally, it was typically made of tongue-and-groove boards, but now beadboard and decorative panels are also standard.
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lexichloe lexichloe 8 years
Never knew the name, but thanks. I've been wanting to "wainscote" a section of my house.
bibliophile bibliophile 8 years
Thanks for the brief history! I love learning about this sort of thing.
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