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Hello all. I just joined the forum. This is my first post. I am in the process of renovating the kitchen in my 1905 home and I would like to install wainscoting. The house has elaborate baseboards and chair rail installed on the plaster. I am worried about damaging them if I remove them before I add the wainscot.

Is there any way to add the wainscot while leaving the molding in place, or at least as much of it as possible?

Does the plaster need to be removed before I add the wainscot, or should I leave it up?

Thanks in advance.
 

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The chair rail and at least part of the base molding would need to be removed as they would be put on top of the wainscotting. They would need to be machined to accept the wall treatment. The plaster would stay in place. Hopefully the wall is consistanly in a single plane. If it wavers too much the wainscotting will need to be forced into place.
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Thanks. That helps a lot. The top piece of the baseboard should come of fairly cleanly. The chair rail might be tougher, but it seems like its in pretty good shape.
 

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Thanks. That helps a lot. The top piece of the baseboard should come of fairly cleanly. The chair rail might be tougher, but it seems like its in pretty good shape.
If you can find the nails that hold the chair rail on, you can take a nail set and punch them through the railing so they're not holding the railing to the wall. Use a utility knife to release any paint build up.
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1905 house--Base board may be a two piece 'Mop board' on rare occasions the mop board is nailed to the studs and the plaster ends there.

Rare but not all that uncommon. If you remove the cap piece and it is hiding the edge of a 3/4 inch strip of wood(plasterers guide) that's what you are seeing.

I once saw a restorer use an auto body slide hammer to remove antique trim.

He inserted a stud through a steel binding plate--screwed the plate to the trim-Attached the slide hammer to the stud---Wham Wham trim pulled straight out,no pry bars on the old plaster.

Just thought I'd share that one with you --100 year old plaster is fragile and difficult to repair.--

---------Mike----------
 
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