A piece of chair railing plus pre-made frames add instant character at an affordable price. Add some glue and a few finishing nails and it’s up!
Our house was a big blank, white box when we moved in and I’m on a mission to fix that! Moulding adds so much depth and it doesn’t have to be difficult. I added chair rail and pre-formed frames to the kids’ bathrooms and our hallway and I couldn’t be happier!
I’ll walk you through the before and afters. All three happen to be the three worst places for lighting and photos in the whole house!
Bottom paint color: Pure White – semi-gloss (just as it comes in the can!)
Top paint color: Light French Gray – eggshell
I had to take down the towel rack and toilet paper holder. My patch job was subpar to put it nicely.
I decided to paint the moulding French Gray in this bathroom. I’m not quite done in here, but a room reveal is coming soon!
I showed you Clara’s bathroom a few weeks ago and how I painted the tile ombré coral.
The process is very simple. If you don’t have corners to do, you can do it by yourself in no time! That’s what I loved about the bathrooms. I did just one wall and finished quickly.
- chair rail moulding
- pre-made moulding panels
- Liquid Nails
- caulk gun
- finishing nails nails
- nail setter
- measuring tape
- file (optional)
- If you would like the top a different color than the bottom, go ahead and do that first. I taped off at 40 inches.
- Measure walls.
- Order correct size and amount of needed pre-made frames.
- Chose the chair rail moulding at the hardware store. I actually used crown moulding here.
- Cut the chair rail to size. If there aren’t too many cuts, you can ask to have it cut to size at the store. We used a handsaw for the hallway, but had the bathrooms cut to size because we only need one piece.
- File necessary end pieces. If you don’t have a miter saw, it’s near impossible to create an end cap, so my clever father-in-law filed down ends without an ending point.
- We only had a few angled corners in the hallway and managed to tackle them with a handsaw and wood filler. If you have a saw and 90 degree angles, you’ll do great.
- I measured, leveled, and marked where the rails should go. The halls have high ceilings, so I choose to do my chair rail 40 inches from the ground.
- Then we squirted some glue on the back of each piece, and using a level, used finishing nails to nail them on.
- Use a nail setter to inset the nails. That way when you caulk over them, they’ll be invisible!
- We did the same with the pre-made moulding rectangles. Measure where they should go. Put a small amount of glue on the back, use a few finishing nails to hold it in place.
- I caulked each and every piece and allowed time to dry.
- And finally, I painted the moulding the same color as the wall. Semi-gloss finish is nice for wiping off dust.