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Old 07-19-2010, 11:38 AM   #16
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great job man, I always see those kits in the back of "This old house". they are made out of mdf or wood, your choice. Stuff gets exp real quick though. Once my floor is done I would like to put this on the living room walls. Does not seem to hard to make it your self??

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Old 07-19-2010, 12:53 PM   #17
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I think a lot of those kits are actually "rail and stile" (aka "frame and panel") versions, which are more traditional wainscot designs. They do involve putting a lot more material up though. If you were to do that style yourself, some MDF and a table saw would be about all you need. Also, more time and patience.

The way I did it, with just pieces of picture-frame molding is much cheaper, and requires much less material. It also seems to be the "modern" way of doing this design, as all the new houses and model homes I've been in lately just use this, and not the more labor-intensive rail and stile version.
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One other thing I should mention - I did the chair-rail at 36" from the floor. Traditional height would say it should be at 30". I felt that because we are tall, and the ceilings are higher in the foyer, the 36" would be better. In a standard room though, I would probably stick to the traditional rail height. Sometimes I look at what I did and think they are too tall. Oh well - I'm definitely NOT redoing the whole thing over 6" of height.
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hmmm, maybe i am confused. Your saying you installed the picture frame moulding against the sheetrock???
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Yes, go back and look at the first pictures in this thread and it shows it a little easier. A little adhesive for paneling on the back, and a couple brads to tack it in place, then the picture frame molding is attached. When it's all built, painting the whole thing white blends it all in to one piece.
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amaizingly I never thought of that. You can save big bucks and no one will notice if done right.
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Yep. You can obviously tell that it is not a recessed panel if you are looking for it, but at a glance your eye doesn't pick up the difference. Straight lines are important - make sure the tops/bottoms are all level so it looks like each panel could be framed out with a rail board. Snapping a chalk-line worked well when I did the portion on the stairs.
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Excellent job! My wife would like to know the name of the color and brand of paint you used above the chair rail, if you happen to remember, please. We're going to be doing something similar to our entryway, and your thread has really got her inspired. What that really means is that I now have another project to do.
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The paint was Glidden, in an eggshell finish. I'll check on the name for you.

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Looking at Glidden's color pallet, I'm 99% sure it is "Dapper Tan."

http://www.glidden.com/color/color-palette.do
^^Top-right color pallet, then one down and one over from the top-left.

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Thanks very much!
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2nd thread I have found on this
Looks great !!
So...you just put up the trim...there isn't any plywood etc to give the inside a recessed look ?
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Correct. If you want a recessed look, you're going to need to put up boards to "build out" the rail and stile area so the "panel" is recessed into the wall. The much easier way, which is becoming increasingly more common in modern homes, is to just put up the trim moulding to simulate panels.
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Thanks
I like the recessed look
But a lot of cutting & I do not have a good table saw
And your trim looks great
I do have a good mitre saw
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very nice!
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hyunelan2..you did an excellent job!!! I am on the verge of doing my steps. So far I replaced all the base molding up stairs now I would like to do the chair rail. So after reading your posting, Please correct me if im wrong, My landing is about 12' so I measure 36" (inches) from the floor up and mark the wall. I need an angle and a protractor. I have a miter saw but its packed away, can I use a miter box? I just bought the same chair rail as you. Did you put a backer on the rail? or no? I saw them but wasnt sure if I needed to buy it.

Your pictures are an inspiration to me and my home. Very nicely done!

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