Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Elizabethtown, PA
How to install beadboard wainscot / trim
Our basement was flooded this past summer and instead of refinishing the drywall I picked up some beadboard wainscot paneling to cover up where I patched in the drywall.
My question is how to install the trim correctly. I want to re-use the base trim since I was able to salvage it and it is pretty nice. From what I've read if you are re-using the existing base trim you can just install it on top of the paneling. However, this will be an issue by the stairs since it will kick the base trim out 1/4" past the skirt board. My idea was to cut a rabbet in the top of the base trim so I that I could slip the paneling in. If I did this.. I believe I would also have to do the same to the skirt board on the stairs. Would this be the correct way to install this? Or should the paneling just be butted-up against the trim?
Also, to top off the paneling I was trying to find chair rail thick enough to cut a rabbet in to slip on top of the paneling, but all of the trim I found was too thin to do that without ruining the bottom profile on the trim. I ended up getting some casing I thought would work.. but after reading another thread on using plastic trim I'm thinking about taking it back and replacing it with some wood trim. Should the chair rail be rabbeted to fit the panelling, or should this also be installed either on top of the paneling or butted up against the top edge?