Step 8: Add chair rail (optional)

adding a decorative chair rail beneath the niche adds to the look
Photo: Chip Henderson
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]To further dress up the wall, fasten chair rail molding to the wall directly below the niche. When installing chair rail, be sure to drive the nails into the wall studs, not just into the drywall. Fill all the nail holes with spackling compound and touch up with paint.
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    Tools List

    • 16-foot tape measure
      Measuring tape

    • two-foot level
      Level

    • drywall saw
      Drywall saw

    • finish hammer
      Hammer

    • caulk gun
      Adhesive gun

    • pneumatic finish nailer
      Pneumatic nail gun

    Shopping List

    1. Urethane-foam wall niche

    2. Urethane adhesive
    used to adhere the niche to the wall surface

    3. Plastic drop cloth
    used to catch dust

    4. Painter’s tape
    for attaching drop cloth to wall

    5. Paint
    used to finish the niche

    6. 2 1/2-inch finishing nails
    for securing wall niche

    7. 2x4 blocking
    installed horizontally between studs at top and bottom of wall opening

    8. 2-inch drywall screws
    used to fasten 2x4 blocking to wall studs

    9. Spackling compound
    for filling nail holes