3 out of 5Moderate
Tools & Materials
- Measure the height of the space between the chair rail and the baseboard using a measuring tape.
- The base cap molding frame should be centered all around the room. An easy way to measure is to take two pieces of 1×4 and place them against the top of the baseboard and the bottom of the chair rail. The distance between the two blocks is a good height for the frame.
- To get the horizontal measurements of the frame, measure the entire width of your wall. Divide the measurement up evenly and allow for spacing between each frame. Using a piece of 1×4 as a gauge block between each frame is a good way to separate the frames evenly.
- To cut the vertical portion of the frames, set the stop on the outfeed of a miter saw and place the base cap molding just beyond the stop.
- Set the miter saw to a 45-degree angle, hold the molding tight to the saw and make the first cut. Repeat the process for the necessary amount of vertical sides.
- Reverse the angle of the miter saw to the opposite 45-degree angle.
- Set the outfeed stop to desired length for the horizontal pieces, press the molding firmly against the miter saw and make a cut. Repeat the process for the necessary amount of horizontal sides.
- Take two vertical molding sides and two horizontal molding sides and create a frame.
- Use wood glue to connect each corner and a 23-gauge pin nail gun with headless pin nails to tack all of the connections together.
- Be sure to remove any excess glue immediately with a rag. Repeat the process for the necessary amount of frames.
- Let the frames dry for ten minutes.
- Lay out the frames in place using a piece of 1×4 as a gauge block to set the spacing from the chair rail, the baseboard, and between each frame side by side.
- Use wood glue and a 23-gauge pin nail gun with headless pin nails to tack up the molding frames to the wall.
- To finish off the look of the frames, fill in any holes with wood filler. Then sand it down using a fine grit sandpaper.
- If there are any imperfections between the inside and the outside of the frames in relation to the wall, fill in those gaps with caulking using a caulking gun.
- Paint to desired color.