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Wainscotting Installation

Posted by Jeri Gary on October 13th, 1998 12:22 PM

We are redoing the front entryway to our ranch style home. We have a long, almost galley-like entryway. We have ripped up the old tile and have ordered a new front door. We would also like to install wainscotting along one long, plain wall of our entryway. This wall has no door openings. Our questions and concerns are:

1. Should we have the new floor tile installed before we install the wainscotting? If so, should we leave a narrow space between the tile and the wall to slip the wainscotting into? Or should we install the wainscotting directly onto the top edge of the newly installed tile?

2. How should we treat the far inside edge of the wainscotting? (This would be at the far end of the long hallway, and not at the near end which buts up near the front door.) Since the entire edge of the wainscotting will be visible from inside the home, how can we best finish this edge with woodworking? Since the end of the entryway wraps into the hallway, we do not have a wall or corner to "but" the wainscotting into, and we are not planning to extend the wainscotting throughout the hallway. We are concerned that we could be left with a clumsy and very visible edge at the end of the hallway.

3. Is it standard to put a floor moulding on the bottom edge of the wainscotting, even with a floor tile treatment?

4. We are planning to paint or stain the wainscotting dark green to add some color to our entryway. Any thoughts on whether it would be best to paint or stain the wainscotting?

Thank you for whatever assistance you can provide--it is greatly appreciated!

Sincerely, Jeri & Gary

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