How to Install Chair Rail With Only 1 Tool

I have always been someone who likes to do projects, but in our newly established home, we don't have as many tools as my dad had collected over the years. Because of this, we have had to find ways to get the looks we want without needing tons of specialized tools. This was the case when we decided to install chair rail in our dining room. All we needed was a miter saw to cut the chair rail pieces on a 45 degree angle, and the rest was done with basic household tools. Although it take some precision, it wasn't too terribly difficult! Check out my blog for more details!
We used a stud finder so we would know where to attach the chair rail, and we measured the room to make the cuts on our pieces.
Measure twice cut once! We cut all of the ends on a basic 45 degree angle so they would fit together
45 degree cut
It took 2 people to shimmy the pieces of chair rail into place.
We used a hammer to drive the nails into the studs. Because the room isn't too terribly large, we had no trouble without a nail gun.
The chair rail looks great, and the paint will easily hide the corner seams. Not bad for limited tools on a Saturday afternoon!

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