The chair rail was first discovered in Europe around the time that our early ancestors first learned to sit. What originated as a wooden plank stuck humbly (and often hastily) to the wall has evolved over time into a type of fancy-schmancy decorative molding. It is now customarily installed into the room of one's first newborn child, as babies are at the greatest risk of exposure to chairs. Typically, during the later stages of pregnancy, the mother-to-be will supervise the installation of chair rail while the dominant males of the family passionately discuss the accuracy of measurements.
Step 1: Go get stuff
- Enough chair rail molding to cover the perimeter of your room
- Chop saw
- Nail gun (preferable over hammer and nails)
- Window glazing
- Tape measure
- A pencil
- A level
- Calk gun
- Paper towels
(You will also need paint if you're molding comes unfinished. This Instructable does not cover painting molding, but you would want to do that before you move on to the next step.)
Step 2: Prepare the wall
Step 3: Measure and mark
Measure vertically in a few different spots and then using these measurements and a level, draw a horizontal line around the perimeter of the room (or walls you want to cover).