Adding chair rail to a room with existing door molding

Benjamin Moore Hale Navy, Sherwin Williams Amazing Gray, Sherwin Williams Pure white
Adding chair rail to a hallway

I have always loved the look of wainscoting so when we moved into our new house I knew we had to have it! Our dining/formal living room are the perfect place to have it. The walls are in pretty good condition so why waste the time and money of doing a half wall of wood to create the look. Instead we are just putting up chair rail, painting the lower part white, and adding prefabricated boxes. Sounds simple enough right? We have been working on the project for 8 months now and our living/ dining room has now become the lumber yard. In the mean time while we continue to work on that project let’s talk about chair rail.

Hallway before chair rail
Adding chair rail to a hallway
Hale Navy
DIY Chair Rail

As long as you can measure accurately (which I am horrible at) but my engineer husband is great at; chair rail is easy to do! We have a miter saw and nail gun which makes things go a lot smoother. Definitely worth investing in if you are going to be doing home reno projects !

We have a very long narrow hallway entrance with a bunch of doors so I can’t add furniture but wanted to create some interest so we added chair rail and I painted above and below it different colors to add more interest . Putting the chair rail up was easy, it was the finishing work that was very time consuming! If there are two things I can help you save time and your shanty on it is paint your trim first then put it up that way all you have to do is touch up once it is on the wall. Next invest in one of these caulk tools -it makes the process so much easier! I could only find them in a pack of four and they cost $10. It seemed kind of pricey at the time but well worth the investment and I will get many years of use out of them. The main issue we had was that the walls are far from even so when meeting the chair rail with some of the existing door molding it stuck out further and looked funny, so we just tapered the edges and once painted and caulked it looks perfect!

Chair Rail, Benjamin Moore Hale Navy, Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray, Sherwin Willaims Pure White
Adding chair rail to hallway
Two tone above and below chair rail, BM Hale Nave SW Agreeable Gray
hallway chair rail

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