DIY Chair Rail Moulding


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Prep It:

  • Moulding of your choice from the hardware store
  • Saw
  • Mitre box - to cut 45 degree angles
  • Nail gun - you can rent one from the hardware store.
  • Level
  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil
  • Painters tape
  • Wood putty
  • Light grit sandpaper
  • Two colors of paint - we used BEHR Blue Fir (below the chair rail) and Light Year (above the chair rail) and paint for moulding



  1. Pre paint your moulding outside and let dry.
  2. Measure and use a level and the pencil to draw a line where you want the chair rail installed. You can put a pice of tape over the line (as long as it's more narrow than the moulding or just paint up to the line with each color.
  3. Paint above and below the line with your colors of choice.
  4. Measure each side of the wall (around doors and windows) and cut your moulding pieces to match these measurements. NOTE: Use the mitre box to do 45 degree angle cuts on the ends that will meet in a corner (forming 90 degrees when two pieces meet). Square off and blunt ends, like around windows, by making a 45 degree angle cut (on one side) and a straight angle cut in an inch or so long piece to form a clean end cap.
  5. Nail up your moulding pieces using the nail gun every few inches.
  6. Fill in the little nail holes and conceal any seams in the moulding with wood putty applied with your finger. Let dry.
  7. Sand off any rough putty and patch with your moulding paint color.


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