Patricia, wainscoating is easy and inexspensive too. A store like home Depot will have it in panels that fit together with a tongue and groove. These are usueally unfinished. They are easily satained and then coated with clear polyurethan. Now you can put them in place by nailing them to the wall with small finishing nails. mark the locations of the wall studs before you start nailing. You want to nail into as many studs as you can, use a pencil to mark where they are at a level just above the top of the wainscoating.Finish the job with a moulding along the top of the panels and a baseboard along the bottom.If you dont have any corners alond the way then you wont need to miter cut the trim and then your done. A home improvement book with info on wood trim installation will help out alot too.