Crown Molding - Chair Rail - Baseboard

empopeAugust 30, 2010

I'm planning on painting my den over the weekend. The floors are wood - an amber oak color. The baseboards and door casing are wood in a similar color. I want to add a chair rail and crown molding to the room. The above the rail will be Behr - Antique White and below the rail a little darker - maybe Haze. A friend said that the chair rail and crown should be wood like the baseboard, but I'm afraid that will be too dark / too harsh a transition. The ceilings are only 8 ft. I was thinking of painting the the rail and crown in the same color as wall below the chair rail. I would actually love to paint the base board and door casing, but my hubby loves the wood - even though it is very scratched and has lots of nail holes (LOL!) Any suggestions?

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Welcome to GardenWeb, empope. You might try cross posting this on the Home Decorating forum. And post a photo of the room if you can.

Here is a link that might be useful: Home Decorating

    Bookmark   September 2, 2010 at 9:59PM
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I have stained trim in my entire house but not one piece of my crown is stained. That would stick out like a sore thumb in rooms with only 8' ceilings. Racing stripes is the term used in rooms that have all that horizontal stained wood.

A picture would be helpful. Whatever you paint, make sure your crown and chair rail are the same color.

Are your windows painted or stained? I would assume stained. If you keep the baseboards and door trim stained, then the windows are fine to stay stained. However, you may decide to paint the stained trim once you see the clean painted trim, and if you do, your windows would also need to be painted.

    Bookmark   September 2, 2010 at 11:47PM
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