One way to spruce up your home is to add instant architectural detail to otherwise bland rooms. Architectural detail can come in various forms, from the more ornate, like columns and stone fireplaces, to the more basic, such as installing beadboard or a simple chair rail.
Installing beadboard with the right tools can be an easy and affordable upgrade to any home, as with chair railing, which typically comes in long, inexpensive strips.
Both beadboard and chair rails can be delivered to your home primed or unprimed and can easily be painted any color to blend into your decor.
If you want to consider other ways to add architectural detail, ideas include installing decorative tiles on a plain wall of a room, installing ceiling molding and handmade woodworking pieces such as doors.
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▪ Select a beadboard made from a species of wood with as few knots as possible. Pine and poplar are good choices.
▪ Prime both the front and the back of the beadboard to help stabilize the wood. Beadboard with a lot of knots may need to be primed more than once.
▪ Using a level, install the beadboard in interlocking strips.
▪ Install chair rail.
Chair rail tips
▪ Select a piece of molding that fits the aesthetic of your space.
▪ Determine the proper height of your chair rail, then score a line around the room to mark.
▪ Prime the front and back of the wood.
▪ Paint the front of the wood your desired color.
▪ Nail in place.