How to Add Chair Rail to a Bare Wall

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We're working on our baby girl's nursery and wanted to add some interest to her bare walls. I always love a quick woodworking project, so we decided to go with chair rail and picture frame molding on the bottom portion in the room.

I love DIY projects like this because they're fast and satisfying! You can read all the tips (and watch a video with all of the steps) over in this blog post.

Blank Walls in the Nursery

With the sage green built-ins on the right making such a statement, the rest of the room was looking a tad boring for us.

Add Chair Rail Horizontally Around the Room

We decided to go 45″ off the ground for our chair rail installing it with liquid nails and a brad nailer. Traditionally, chair rail is hung much lower, but we liked this height as it works well with the furniture we have planned for the room.

Install Picture Frame Molding Below

Below the chair rail, we added picture frame molding to make even more of a statement. We used PVC base cap for this, cutting each end at a 45-degree angle on the miter saw. This too was attached with a brad nailer and liquid nails.

Painting It Sage Green

Before painting, we had to fill nail holes, caulk, and prime everything. Then we used our paint sprayer to add two coats of paint.

Our Finished Chair Rail

It turned out awesome and we love the character it brings to our baby girl's nursery.

For the complete step-by-step tutorial, head to this blog post.

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3 questions
  • Paulette
    on Apr 10, 2020

    What is a PVC base cap? Any simple way to add crowning molding to a small bedroom?

    Thank you

    • Pam
      on Dec 23, 2020

      try a heat gun set on low or a hairdryer. aim at rope to heat of glue and loosen it up. pull off as it starts to release

  • Jean
    on Apr 10, 2020

    What color is the paint? Love it!

  • Paulette
    on Apr 10, 2020

    Is there a simple way to add ceiling crown molding ?

    • Rita Hendricks
      Rita Hendricks
      on Apr 10, 2020

      Yes Paulette .... most all major home improvement stores ie. LOWES & HOME DEPO ... have pre made ready to install Crown moulding kits... also you can get unfinished crown moulding in the lumber / millings dept. and finish as you choose, stain ..paint.. clear coat.... Hope this helps

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  • Michelle Dodson
    Michelle Dodson
    on Dec 21, 2020

    I love that you didn't go all pink & overly girly! This is a room that she can enjoy for a long time to come. I'm completely jealous of the arched window seat!

  • Johanne Palange
    Johanne Palange
    on Dec 25, 2020

    Classy and designer looking. Great job.

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