Finishing Touches

Photography by Stacey Brandford

Posted on Dec 21, 2012

finished living room and dining room
Finished Living Room and Dining Room
Finished mudroom
Unfinished mudroom
Finished Downstairs living room
Unfinished downstairs living room
Finished master bedroom
Unfinished master bedroom

Episode 10

Trim details and interesting architectural features add huge value and impact to a home, but what if yours is bland and boring? Embellish and get creative! By installing inexpensive exterior panelling, high baseboards, chair rail, and even crown moulding, you can make your home look like a designer masterpiece. With a bit of know how, you can give your rooms the character you always wished they had!

Finishing Touches

Timeless Treasures

Look for classic details when selecting your door hardware. A simple, round knob is a timeless choice and can be brought up to date with the finish selection. An aged pewter tone can easily be mixed with black, steel, or antique brass accents, so it's a good choice for any home!

Want The Look?

Weiser RP Hancock Passage Knob - Item #315564

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WOW Factor

Add some wow factor to your storage area. There's no universal rule that says your doors have to be painted plain white. Since doors get a lot of wear and tear on a daily basis, it's practical AND pretty to treat them to any bold and fun hue you choose!

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Colour

Think of your panelling as another opportunity to experiment with colour (it doesn't have to be white!). You can create a more noticeable contrast in colours if you accent the chair rail and baseboard with white trim paint, and use a warm grey for the panelling.

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Durability

To create a durable textured backdrop to your tub, consider installing pine beadboard panelling like we've installed here. Once painted in a glossy paint finish, the panelling provides an inexpensive yet effective alternative to installing tile.

Want The Look?

C&C Wood Products Ltd. 48 Pine Wainscot Beaded 9.33 sf - Item #261975

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Versatile

Embrace the versatility of chair rail and select the height that gives you the most flexibility. It's easy to create a dramatic effect by setting the chair rail down 20" from the ceiling. Since rolls of wallpaper are tradtionally 21" wide, this space allows you to run a single width of paper around the perimeter of the room with the minimum number of seams.

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The Great Outdoors

When trying to achieve great results with minimum investment of time and resources, look for ready-to-go solutions. The panelling in this family room is actually intended for exterior use and is sold in 4' x 8' sheets. Each sheet overlaps the adjacent one seamlessly, so you can get the effect of wide plank panelling with minimum installation effort (just saw an 8' sheet in half vertically and you'll have 4' tall panelling to run around the room at a price that won't break the budget!

Want The Look?

Georgia Pacific 3/4" Thick 4'x 8' Sheet Exterior Plywood Paneling with Groove - Item #12957

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Size Matters

The rule of thumb with trim and baseboard details is that bigger generally looks better. Underscaled trim details make the architecture of a home look cheap, whereas chunkier profiles will help frame your home in style! Even in a home with standard 8' ceilings, you should still use a baseboard at least 7" in height.

Want The Look?

Evertrue 19/32" x 6-1/4" MDF Baseboard - Item #165037

Evertrue 1" x 2-7/8" MDF CHRL (L300) chair rail - Item #85834

TIP: Since the panelling has a rough texture, prime it first, then lightly sand with an electric sander before applying the finish colour.

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Money Saver

A bit of chair rail can be a money saver in the long run. If you are dreaming of installing a decorative wallpaper to add pizzazz to one of your rooms, think of how much less paper you'll need if you divide the wall with a chair rail.

Want The Look?

EverTrue 1" x 2-7/8" MDF CHRL (L300) chair rail - Item #85834

TIP: If you are planning to combine wallpaper and paint in the powder room, make sure the chair rail is installed above the height of the sink so any splashes from the sink land on a glossy painted wall surface, and not on your beautiful wallpaper!

Source Guide:

All materials available at Lowe's

Master Bedroom

door stop 3/8" x 1-3/16" Primed Evertrue 268600 | chair rail 1" x 2-7/8" MDF CHRL (L300) Evertrue 85834 | door knobs RP Hancock Passage Knob Weiser 315564 | doors 6 Panel Pine Interior Doors 24" x 80" ReliaBilt 10498 | rough sawn paneling 3/4" Thick 4'x 8' Sheet Exterior Plywood Paneling with Groove Georgia Pacific 12957 | tongue & groove paneling 4" x 8' Cottage V-Joint Pine Plank Paneling C&C Wood Products Ltd. 261978 | hardwood floor 5 1/4" Natural Walnut Engineered Hardwood Mohawk 325089 | closet doors 6 Panel Pine Interior Doors 24" x 80" Jeld-Wen 10498

Master Ensuite Bathroom

pedestal top Memoirs Fire Clay Topmount Bath Sink (white) Kohler 167220 | pedestal Base Memoirs Lavatory Pedestal Base (white) Kohler 35421 | floor tile 12" x 12" Polished Iceberg Marble Faber Stone & Tile 4975 | toilet Memoirs Stately White Toilet Kohler 335319 | faucet Pinstripe with Cross Handle Kohler K-13132-3A | accessories Murano Lotion Holder 355946 | accessories Murano Tumbler 355943 | accessories Murano Soap Dish 355944 | accessories Murano Toothbrush Holder 355945 | towel bar 24" Towel Bar Allen + Roth 272318 | shelf Glass Vanity Shelf Allen + Roth 272322 | toilet paper disp. Toilet Paper Tissue Holder Allen + Roth 272319 | mirror Decorative Oval Wall Mirror Allen + Roth 291538 | medicine cabinet 25" Surface Mount Mirrored Medicine Cabinet Allen + Roth 169378 | fan 100 CFM 1.5SN Humid Energy Star Sensor Fan Broan Elite 256739 | sconces Galvanized Outdoor Wall Fixture Portfolio outdoor 190827 | baseboard 19/32" x 6-1/4" MDF Base Evertrue 165037 | casing 1" x 3-1/4" MDF Case (PT3) - 8'-0" lengths Evertrue 85847 | crown 19/32" x 4-1/2" MDF crown (5982) Evertrue 268736 | door stop 3/8" x 1-3/16" Primed Evertrue 268600 | chair rail 1" x 2-7/8" MDF CHRL (L300) Evertrue 85834 | door knobs RP Hancock Privacy Knob Weiser 315565 | doors 6 Panel Pine Interior Doors 30" x 80" ReliaBilt 272747

Guest Bathroom

faucet Boardwalk 2-H SRN WS Moen 356591 | mirror 28 3/4" Hollywood Octagon Mirror Allen + Roth 111053 | decorative hardware Knob 1-1/4" Square Hickory 384923 | toilet Memoirs Stately White Toilet Kohler 335319 | medicine cabinet 30" Surface Mount Mirrored Medicine Cabinet Allen + Roth 169525 | shower system Hanover BN SC T/S Faucet Pfister 290890 | toilet paper holder Boardwalk Toilet Paper Holder (brushed nickel) Moen 376822 | marble floor 12" x 12" Polished Iceberg Marble Faber Stone & Tile 4975 | accent marble floor tile Carerra Extra Mosaic Plus Faber Stone & Tile 3932 | accent wall tile 3 " x 6" Gloss White Field Tile American Olean 64396 | accent wall tile 12" x 12" Polished Iceberg Marble Faber Stone & Tile 4975 | accent wall tile 2" x 6" White Chair Rail Faber Stone & Tile 190931 | shower floors Moonbeam Pebbles Mosaic e2d 399157 | fan 100 CFM 1.5SN Humid Energy Star Sensor Fan Broan Elite 256739 | decorative accessories Erika Antique Pewter Lotion Dispenser Zenith 371138 | decorative accessories Erika Antique Pewter Cotton Ball Holder Zenith 371143 | shower threshold 3"x36"x3/8" Riviera Marble Shower Threshold American Olean 308517 | shower jambs 6"x76"x5/8" Riviera Marble Shower Frame American Olean 308515 | brackets Fan Bracket Pine Unfinished Evertrue 47669 | table leg Country Pine Evertrue 833 | countertop 49" x 22" Natural Granite Vanity Top Estate 365939 | house trim SP 48 Spandrel Pine Evertrue 35846 | mirror Brushed Nickel Vanity Mirror Conair 33032 | sconces Stainless Steel Outdoor Wall Light Portfolio 295589 | pendant White Swirl Art Glass Capsule Pendant Bel-Air 270642 | baseboard 19/32" x 6-1/4" MDF Base Evertrue 165037 | casing 1" x 3-1/4" MDF Case (PT3) - 8'-0" lengths Evertrue 85847 | door stop 3/8" x 1-3/16" Primed Evertrue 268600 | chair rail 1" x 2-7/8" MDF CHRL (L300) Evertrue 85834 | door knobs RP Hancock Privacy Knob Weiser 315565 | doors 6 Panel Pine Interior Doors 30" x 80" ReliaBilt 272747 | beadboard paneling 48 Pine Wainscot Beaded 9.33 sf C&C Wood Products Ltd. 261975

Twin Bedroom

baseboard 19/32" x 6-1/4" MDF Base Evertrue 165037 | casing 1" x 3-1/4" MDF Case (PT3) Evertrue 85847 | door stop 3/8" x 1-3/16" Primed Evertrue 268600 | chair rail 1" x 2-7/8" MDF CHRL (L300) Evertrue 85834 | door knobs RP Hancock Passage Knob Weiser 315564 | closet doors 6 Panel Pine Interior Doors 24" x 80" ReliaBilt 10498 | doors 6 Panel Pine Interior Doors 30" x 80" ReliaBilt 272747 | hardwood floor 5 1/4" Natural Walnut Engineered Hardwood Mohawk 325089 | light fixture 4-Light Chandelier Portfolio 237823

Family Room

baseboard 19/32" x 6-1/4" MDF Base Evertrue 165037 |casing 1" x 3-1/4" MDF Case (PT3) Evertrue 85847 | door stop 3/8" x 1-3/16" Primed Evertrue 268600 | chair rail 1" x 2-7/8" MDF CHRL (L300) Evertrue 85834 | rough sawn paneling 3/4" Thick 4'x 8' Sheet Exterior Plywood Paneling with Groove Georgia Pacific 12957 | tongue & groove paneling 48 Pine Wainscot Beaded 9.33 sf C&C Wood Products Ltd. 261975 | hardwood floor 5 1/4" Natural Walnut Engineered Hardwood Mohawk 325089 | fireplace stone 12"x24" Applestone Limestone Tile Faber Stone & Tile 155911

Living Room

baseboard 19/32" x 6-1/4" MDF Base Evertrue 165037 |casing 1" x 3-1/4" MDF Case (PT3) Evertrue 85847 | door stop 3/8" x 1-3/16" Primed Evertrue 268600 | chair rail 1" x 2-7/8" MDF CHRL (L300) Evertrue 85834 | beadboard paneling 48 Pine Wainscot Beaded 9.33 sf C&C Wood Products Ltd. 261975 | tongue & groove paneling 4" x 8' Cottage V-Joint Pine Plank Paneling C&C Wood Products Ltd. 261978 | hardwood floor 5 1/4" Natural Walnut Engineered Hardwood Mohawk 325089 | fireplace tile 12" x 12" Polished Iceberg Marble Faber Stone & Tile 4975

Mud Room

baseboard 19/32" x 6-1/4" MDF Base Evertrue 165037 | casing 1" x 3-1/4" MDF Case (PT3) Evertrue 85847 | door stop 3/8" x 1-3/16" Primed Evertrue 268600 | chair rail 1" x 2-7/8" MDF CHRL (L300) Evertrue 854934 | door knobs RP Hancock Passage Knob Weiser 315565 | doors 6 Panel Pine Interior Doors 24" x 80" ReliaBilt 272747 | rough sawn paneling 3/4" Thick 4"x 8" Sheet Exterior Plywood Paneling with Groove Georgia Pacific 12957 | tile floor 18" x 18" Tavas Travertine Faber Stone & Tile 15502