18 April 2011

Making Progress

So... I attempted to begin the chair rail and moulding project that I wanted to start. My bathroom is the test subject, like always. My poor bathroom... It always becomes the test case for a larger room. I always seem to LOVE it but still...
So here's the deal...I went to Lowe's to purchase my moulding. I bought chair rail and picture moulding. The chair rail was about $9 for 8 feet and the picture moulding was about $6 for eight feet.
I started with the chair rail, it is kind of tricky....
1st: Measure the wall you are going to start with. My wall was 99 5/8 inches.  I wanted 4 boxes on this wall.  Instructions from another great blog told me to use a standard 3 inches on every side. So with four boxes it would be 15 inches in "space".  So the amount you have to work with 99 5/8 - 15 = 84 5/8, now divide this by 4 boxes = 84.625 /4 = 21.15625 which is 21 and 5/32nds inches.
I know it seems hard but you can do it!!!
2. Now that the hard part is over start installing the chair rail. The hardest part for this is the inside and outside corners.

The inside corners are cut at a 45 degree angle. But the trick is to stand it up on its bottom end not lay it on its back.

3. Once you have the moulding up you can start on your boxes. Start 3 inches out from the corner. My suggestion would be to start at the end that is most crucial, so if you happen to measure incorrectly a larger gap will not be noticed.

4. After your measurements and boxes are laid out on the wall go ahead and start cutting. This is just like a picture frame. cut all angles on 45 degrees and they should fit great. Tip: I used the first one as a template for the rest!

5. Nail them up, use a sander if they are fitting snug. Wood filler, caulk, and paint will take care of the rest.  I have a little more to do because I ran out of moulding.

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