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Old 01-03-2012, 04:31 PM   #1
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I have a town house in which the dining and living rooms are connected and do not have any separation on the wall. My goal is to add chair rail to the dining room and paint a second color on the lower portion of the wall. I added some pictures to give an idea of what I am talking about.

My question is, what is the best way to end the chair rail on an open wall, but also end the paint underneath at that same point?

Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
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Old 01-03-2012, 04:43 PM   #2
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return it into the wall via cutting a 45 degree mitre on it the same as at an outside corner, then cut a small return peice that glues onto the end which will mke it look like its coming out of the wall

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Old 01-03-2012, 04:53 PM   #3
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What about the painted wall underneath? I thought it would look strange if the paint in the dining room just ended at the point where the chair rail stops.
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I would use a base block, a piece of beaded door casing and a rosette at the top. The chair rail would just end up againt the rosette.
I'd use my ossilating saw to cut out the base board for the base block.
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I'd just 45 it, and go down, through the base, and kill it at the shoe.
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1x4 floor to ceiling, chair rail butts to it. Shape it on the bottom to go over the baseboard nicely.
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Maybe you could install one of these half columns about 42- 48".
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I'd put a faux column in to give each room a defining separation.

It can be done by simply affixing a 1x6 to the wall vertically and applying base molding, collar and crown around the top. The chair rail can then finish into the "column".

The pillars on each side of this door is the only example I have pics of to give you an idea.
It's nothing more than layers of 1x and built up moldings.
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................. Or just make a "flush post" 42" high (basically chair rail height) with a cap on top to let the rail die into.
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Thanks for the ideas, guys. I think I can definitely work something out now. I'll post some pictures later when I finish it up.
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My wife and I are actually putting this house up on the market soon, and we were also going to add crown moulding. I was planning on using a size comparable to the baseboard (which is about 3 1/4 inches). I read that the baseboard, chair rail, and crown should be roughly the same size. The ceilings are 8 feet. My real estate agent said that I should use as big a crown as is affordable. Is this good advice? What size would be ideal?

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My wife and I are actually putting this house up on the market soon, and we were also going to add crown moulding. I was planning on using a size comparable to the baseboard (which is about 3 1/4 inches). I read that the baseboard, chair rail, and crown should be roughly the same size. The ceilings are 8 feet. My real estate agent said that I should use as big a crown as is affordable. Is this good advice? What size would be ideal?

Thanks again!
No, you do not want to use a very large ceiling mold on an 8 foot ceiling as it will make the room look shorter, 3 1/2 should be fine.

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