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<p>Ok all you DIY-ers......</p>
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<p>The short story is that I'm embarking on my second "major" (for me, anyway) decorating endeavor for my house.</p>
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<p>Monstrous desk status:  GONE GONE!</p>
<p>Room status:  empty, waiting for paint, furniture and "stuff"</p>
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<p>Here's what's going to happen:</p>
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<p>The empty room is going to be a 2nd guest room (single bed)/ office area.  There will be a keyboard, monitor and printer station, but it isn't intended to be a "home office" as much as a place to print or do quick work if needed.  It will also be the "I love me" room in terms of decoration.  Awards, race pics, etc.  The bed will come from the other guest room, and a new bed for the other room is to be purchased.  Meanwhile, my current bedroom furniture is going upstairs, and I"m getting new for me.  Yay!</p>
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<p>So, Here's the question......</p>
<p>How hard is it to put in a chair rail? </p>
<p>How do you decide how hi to put it on the wall?</p>
<p>Do ceilings have to be a certain height in order to make a chair rail look "right"....or, can you make a room look bad if it's done on walls that are too low? </p>
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<p>So, here are the pics I have so far:</p>
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<p>1)  The colors.  Yes, the lighting isn't all that great, I took the pic with my cell phone.  But, the towel and the lighter color are nearly identical in color. </p>
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<p><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.kickrunners.com/content/type/61/id/50606/width/1000/height/800/flags/" target="_blank"><img alt="e4230cc7_yaycolors.bmp" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="12812" data-type="61" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/content/type/61/id/12812/width/375/height/500" style="; width: 375px; height: 500px"></a></p>
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<p>2)  The wall that is planned to be the darker color......or, maybe the darker color will be below the chair rail, if I can figure it out.</p>
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<p><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.kickrunners.com/content/type/61/id/50609/width/1000/height/800/flags/" target="_blank"><img alt="94b2b9cb_roombefore.jpg" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="12813" data-type="61" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/content/type/61/id/12813/width/667/height/500" style="; width: 667px; height: 500px"></a></p>
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<p>So, what say you all?</p>
 

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<p>Putting in a chair rail is easy. You'll need a stud finder, a saw, and a miter box (or a friend who has a power miter saw). We put a chair rail in a room that had 8 ft ceilings. The bottom was beadboard and the top was wallpaper. I would probably divide the room into thirds and put the rail 1/3 of the way from the bottom but play around with it to get the most pleasing effect. In terms of the colors you picked, I personally prefer the darker color on top but either way works. </p>
 

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<p>Yeah...</p>
<p>I'm not afraid to do it myself, I just don't have the saw and mitre box.  I do have handy friends, though.  :)</p>
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<p>I'm waffling between the chair rail idea, and the "one darker wall" idea.  The single wall is certainly easier and more straightforward, that's for sure.  But, we'll see how it goes.<br><br>
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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>hobey</strong> <a href="/forum/thread/69165/ot-home-diy#post_1927695"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border-right:0px solid;border-top:0px solid;border-left:0px solid;border-bottom:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>Putting in a chair rail is easy. You'll need a stud finder, a saw, and a miter box (or a friend who has a power miter saw). We put a chair rail in a room that had 8 ft ceilings. The bottom was beadboard and the top was wallpaper. I would probably divide the room into thirds and put the rail 1/3 of the way from the bottom but play around with it to get the most pleasing effect. In terms of the colors you picked, I personally prefer the darker color on top but either way works. </p>
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<p>standard height is 36" </p>
<p><a href="http://www.diynetwork.com/how-to/how-to-install-a-chair-rail/index.html" target="_blank">DIY how to</a></p>
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<p>don't forget a counter sink at the hardware store. and wood putty or glue to finish of a professional (not a DIY grade) look</p>
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<p>as to the focus color. depends on if you want a focus wall i.e. dark wall behind your "i Love me" display or a more formal looking space</p>
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<p>If I'm reading your plans right, and if it were me, I would not use the darker color on the wall with the doors. It won't look right with the way those doors are positioned and you'll drive yourself mad trying to get a 'strip' of dark paint smoothly in the 1/4 " gap between wall and door.</p>
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<p>As to darker color above/below chair rail. Standard issue is lighter on top darker below. That is a completely personal choice. No right / No wrong.  I'm guessing you probably would like the traditional look best.</p>
 

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<p>If you are at all anal-retentive and your switch plates are standard height (usually they have to be to code), measure the distance between the switch plate near the door and the door trim.  Have the top of the chair rail an equal distance below the switch plate.</p>
 

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<p>I highly recommend buying a roll of wide painter's tape and throwing it up on the wall where you think you want your chair rail to be.  Then you can think about it and "see" it w/out having to commit (or spackle nail holes).</p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Dougie Fresh</strong> <a href="/forum/thread/69165/ot-home-diy#post_1927958"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>If you are at all anal-retentive and your switch plates are standard height (usually they have to be to code), measure the distance between the switch plate near the door and the door trim.  Have the top of the chair rail an equal distance below the switch plate.</p>
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Oh my Doug!  My new handy-person best friend club-member!<br><br>
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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>em73</strong> <a href="/forum/thread/69165/ot-home-diy#post_1927961"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>I highly recommend buying a roll of wide painter's tape and throwing it up on the wall where you think you want your chair rail to be.  Then you can think about it and "see" it w/out having to commit (or spackle nail holes).</p>
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Ahha!  Nice!!!</p>
<p>Isn't it just wonderful what a roll of painter's tape can do for you?</p>
<p>I use it to help with the hanging of pictures, too.</p>
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<p>A poll was taken at work this morning. </p>
<p>If I do decide on the chair rail, It's been decreed that I have to have someone else do the cutting of the trim.  Apparently, they all think that I'll remove an appendage or 4 if I try to do it myself. </p>
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<p>Having "The Depot" do the cutting is a little scary, because I'll have to be super duper careful in my measurements......</p>
<p>But, I have handy friends who might be willing to help as well. </p>
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<p>Still, I'd prefer to borrow a mitre saw and do the cuts at home, myself, to make the whole process more convenient.</p>
 

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<p>I am planning to do a chair rail in our dining room so that was my plan for placing the chair rail.  I like things symmetrical and all that.  I also wasn't going to go and buy a powered miter saw for it.  I was just going to get a miter box and the right kind of hand-saw do it the old fashioned way by hand.  I only need 8 pieces cut anyway.</p>
 
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