Adding Industrial / Modern Wainscoting for a High Traffic Entryway


The back door of my house gets a workout. This seems to be everyone's favorite place to come and go from. The dirt, and abuse this spot takes is epic! So I needed to make some updates that were equal to the abuse it would have to take. I added Galvanized metal tin as wainscoting to give the space a modern appeal with heavy duty traffic abilities.
adding industrial modern wainscoting for a high traffic entryway, diy, home maintenance repairs, painting, wall decor
This is with the back entryway complete. The coat hooks were actually found on clearance at my local home improvement store. They just needed a new coat of metallic grey paint.
adding industrial modern wainscoting for a high traffic entryway, diy, home maintenance repairs, painting, wall decor
adding industrial modern wainscoting for a high traffic entryway, diy, home maintenance repairs, painting, wall decor
This is how the back entry used to look like. Dark purple walls and a weirdly painted black and white door. I patched the holes left from wall anchors and we got to work
adding industrial modern wainscoting for a high traffic entryway, diy, home maintenance repairs, painting, wall decor
We installed pre-primed wood at the desired height, adding sideboard for the ends and a bottom piece as a baseboard. I also added a small top plate out of scrap lumber as a cap piece to add some detail to it.
adding industrial modern wainscoting for a high traffic entryway, diy, home maintenance repairs, painting, wall decor
Some before pictures showing before the walls got a new coat of paint. Another small project spawned off of this one. It finally became time to replace the light switch cover and due to how old it was, I had would have had to order a replacement. (nothing was identical was in stock at my local home improvement store) Or install a 4 light switch that was landscape (all in a row). Which any experienced DIY'er knows that means cutting the drywall, adding enough support for the electrical box and then more drywall patching.
adding industrial modern wainscoting for a high traffic entryway, diy, home maintenance repairs, painting, wall decor
adding industrial modern wainscoting for a high traffic entryway, diy, home maintenance repairs, painting, wall decor
So I bought new large button light switch that was in stock in order to save time and not have to do anymore drywall patching. We cut the galvanized metal tin to fit inside each opening and inserted it. Pre-drilled pilot holes into the tin and the drywall and where needed, we used drywall anchors to help secure the metal tin to the wall, so it wouldn't go anywhere.
adding industrial modern wainscoting for a high traffic entryway, diy, home maintenance repairs, painting, wall decor
adding industrial modern wainscoting for a high traffic entryway, diy, home maintenance repairs, painting, wall decor
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  • Lynn
    on Feb 6, 2018

    this looks awesome! The metal you used is corrugated... Where did you purchase it?

  • Susie
    on Feb 6, 2018

    Your result is very attractive. Your materials list links to FLAT galvanized panels. Where would one find the corrugated ones you used?

  • Kim
    on Jun 5, 2018

    This looks fabulous. I am building a small log cabin (self-build from flat pack) the interior aesthetic will be a mix of wood and industrial...and was thinking about using this kind of material for the shower stall. Does anyone know how this would work in a wet environment???? Does it rust? I am new to the DIY thing but keen to learn.

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