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Troy32 09-02-2013 02:46 PM

Picture frame wainscoting
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I am finishing up the babies room. I would like to do picture frame wainscoting but I am not sure what size boxes to use on each wall. The right wall is 147 inches long and the left wall is 118 inches long due to the closet that takes some of the room on that side. The front wall has the window. I am not sure if it would look better with the same size boxes on each side and different spacing or different size boxes. I think I would use 2 small boxes and 2 longer but lower boxes on the wall with the window.

Any ideas would be appreciated.

Keith Mathewson 09-02-2013 07:33 PM

First I would suggest removing the the chair rail and bringing it in line with the window, then trimming out the window.

woodworkbykirk 09-02-2013 08:07 PM

keiths right, by moving the chair rail to the same height as the window apron you will have one clean line all the way around the room

Troy32 09-02-2013 09:11 PM

And butt right into the window stool? I do not like that look.

Jay123 09-02-2013 09:38 PM

Hey Troy...I did something very similar on a client's home a few years ago, it came out pretty well..

You may have to go through some of the pics (I think it's around pics #13-14), but it was a VERY similar situation as yours.


Jay123 09-02-2013 09:45 PM

I'm looking for some finished pics, but the table blocks most of 'em.



Troy32 09-02-2013 09:58 PM

I would like to trim the window but the sides were not perfectly straight from the builder. I would have had to rip the whole sheet rock return out. Baby on the way and wife growing impatient I did the next best thing.

Troy32 09-02-2013 10:02 PM

Jay - that is some amazing work. It really helps with what I am doing. If you explained to me the natural wood columns mixed in with the white trim I would have thought it would look horrible. Seeing it done it looks incredible. Well done

Jay123 09-02-2013 10:09 PM

Thanks, Troy. The illustrations were to show you that you can make the "boxes" below the window smaller (like I did), and still keep what you have. It will work well for what you've already done.


Troy32 09-02-2013 10:25 PM

I got side tracked. Haha. I am trying to see how I can incorporate some natural wood columns. :laughing:

Jay123 09-02-2013 10:32 PM

Now you're really screwed. :laughing:

woodworkbykirk 09-03-2013 01:55 PM


Originally Posted by Troy32 (Post 1237411)
And butt right into the window stool? I do not like that look.

no.. the apron and chair rail all become one thing so the chair rail isnt interupted under teh window stool

Troy32 09-04-2013 05:46 PM

I did some research before I started and was going to continue the chair rail under the stool as the apron as you suggested. I did not love the look although it may be technically correct. The wife did not like it either as she wanted the chair rail higher. She likes the way the returns look.

I am just a weekend warrior. First time spackling, painting and installing flooring. Will be first time installing moulding as well. Learning a lot as I go.

Keith Mathewson 09-04-2013 07:26 PM

Here is some additional research for you

Troy32 09-04-2013 07:55 PM

Great article. I did read that a while back. There are many schools of thought on the height. I actually showed it to the wife while we argued about the height. Haha. Basically it comes down to what you thinks looks good.

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